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Application process to study in Sweden

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Application process to study abroad requires strategic planning as it involves lots of research pertaining to programme and university. Students can avail two ways of application process to take admissions in Sweden universities. One is as a Free mover and the other is as an Exchange Student.

Application process to study in Sweden

Application process to study in Sweden

1. Applying as a Free Mover

Students who decide to apply to a Swedish higher education programme on their own and not through another university that has an exchange programme fall under the Free Mover Category.

Free Mover, have to apply on their own and have to do a lot of research regarding university they want to join.

Before applying as a free mover it is essential for you to have a brief knowledge on the application process. The application includes the following few step.

  • You have to do research on the universities you would like to take admission in.
  • Programme database is available on the official website of Study in Sweden. The website will help you find the type of programme that you are looking for.
  • To apply for Bachelor's degree programmes in Sweden, you can use a general online application system. The online application is found at This general application system can be used to apply for all the public universities across the country.
  • Sweden's semesters start in the autumn and in the spring. If you are looking to attend university in the autumn, you need to have your application process completed by mid January (this may differ depending on the university you wish to attend) and you will get your admission notices in March (autumn semester) or November (spring semester).
  • Some universities will require you to apply for the programme of study ("major") separately from the general application. They will intimate you through an email /or a paper notice. If you aren't sure about this step, you can find out more at the general application's website or from the university that you are applying to.
  • Free Mover has to secure funding, visa and immigration information on his own. The university that you are seeking to attend will also have information available for you about funding and migration laws as well.
  • As a freemover it is difficult for you to get into programme of your choice and university due to the popularity of the educational system in Sweden.

2. Applying as an Exchange Student

Applying through exchange student is much easier than their Free Mover counterparts. In this process most of the arrangements, including accommodations and tuition arrangements, are taken care of. The package may also include credit transferring, orientation, and even social activities that student would be involved in while on campus.

The exchange programme can be availed in three programmes:

Erasmus Programme, is the largest exchange programme that enables student to study in Sweden. Erasmus is the interesting programme that allows 27 European Union states including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Macedonia, and Turkey to do exchange programmes. Over 20 of the Swedish universities are involved in this system.

Nordplus Programme, is a programme allows students from Nordic and Baltic countries to study at other universities in the region. It is also not required for these students to apply for a visa or go through any of the other hoops.

Linnaeus-Palme programme, is an exchange programme, aims at helping student from developing countries to get access to education from Sweden universities.

If you are interested in studying in Sweden, approach the exchange student office or international studies office at your university. They can help you to determine if your country is included in these exchange programmes.

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