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How to apply - step by step

  1. Applying
  2. E-mail confirmation
  3. Letter of notification
  4. Replying to the letter of notification
  5. Paying your tuition fees
  6. Applying for a residence permit
  7. Looking for accomodation
  8. Registering for studies
  9. Start of semester
  10. Check your insurance

1. Applying

The final application date is 15 January for programmes in English for the autumn semester (HT). All international students are encouraged to apply to the January admission/application round. This round takes place many months before the start of the semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their resident permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The final application date for some courses and programmes in English is 15 April for the autumn semester (HT) and 15 October for the spring semester (VT). The April and October admission/application rounds are only suggested for students from the EU/EEA countries as they do not need a resident permit. This also applies to students who already live in Sweden and do not need to apply for a resident permit. Non EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester.

Apply online via universityadmissions.se. When applying, you should also send the necessary documents to: Universityadmissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE-833 83 Stroemsund, Sweden.

If you are not exempt from paying fees, you should pay an application fee of SEK 900 as per the instructions at universityadmissions.se. Bear in mind that there may be a scholarship that you can apply for.

Apply online, universityadmissions.se

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2. E-mail confirmation

Once you have applied via universityadmissions.se, you will receive an e-mail to confirm that your application has been received. Check that your details are correct, and go to Your pages regularly to check for any changes or updates.

Your pages at universityadmissions.se

3. Letter of notification

If you have applied in January, you will have the result of your application in mid-March for the autumn semester. If you have applied in April or October, you will have the result of your application in mid-July for the autumn semester (HT) or in mid-December for the spring semester (VT). This notification will be sent via e-mail and published on your pages at universityadmissions.se.

4. Replying to the letter of notification

You must confirm your place if you are accepted. Admission to a course or programme at the University of Gothenburg is only valid for the term or terms you have applied for. No deferments are granted. If you are unable to start your studies, you must apply again.

If you do not reply to the letter of notification, you will be automatically deregistered from the courses you have applied for. The final response date will be detailed in your letter of notification.

5. Paying your tuition fees

Your letter of notification will detail the tuition fees that you need to pay if you are not exempt from paying fees. You will receive an invoice from the university to which you have been accepted, and you must pay this.

6. Applying for a residence permit

Most students from outside the European and Nordic countries require a residence permit or visa in order to begin their studies in Sweden. Start the process of applying for a residence permit as soon as you receive the letter of admission, as the process can take a long time. Note that you must be admitted to a course worth at least 30 credits in order to meet one of the requirements of the residence permit.

For information about additional rules and procedures, please visit the Swedish Migration Board’s website. Another alternative is to contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. Note that the university has no influence over the work of the Swedish Migration Board. All students must apply for residence permits themselves.

Information about applying for a residence permit

7. Looking for accommodation

There is a great deal of demand for accommodation in Gothenburg, so it is important that you start looking for accommodation in plenty of time.

More information about accommodation

8. Registering for studies

You must register for studies in accordance with the instructions you receive from the department. If you do not register, you will lose your place.

9. Start of semester

If you have been accepted for studies and have confirmed your acceptance, you will receive a notification and information from the department before the start of semester.

10. Check your insurance

All international students intending to study at a Swedish university for one year or less must have valid health insurance. The insurance must be valid for the whole study period and the student is responsible for taking out such an insurance policy before applying for a residence permit for Sweden.

Students admitted to a programme of one year (12 months) or more will be covered by the Swedish healthcare system at the same cost as Swedish citizens. Note that you may need travel insurance and a personal insurance policy covering theft, etc. 

Information about insurances

Next application rounds

December 1 until January 15

Programmes for the autumn semester (HT) for all international students, especially those in need of a resident permit.

March 15 until April 15

Some courses and programmes for the autumn semester (HT) for students from EU/EEA countries and others not in need of a resident permit.

September 15 until October 15

Some courses and programmes for the spring semester (VT) for students from EU/EEA countries and others not in need of a resident permit.


Make your application at universityadmissions.se. All information about our courses, programmes and requirements are available at our website.

For more information about admission rounds, read under Application dates at How to apply.


Courses and programmes in English

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Contact Information

Admissions office

Student Affairs, Box 125, 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Karl Gustavsgatan 29
Monday-Wednesday 9:00-11:00.

46 31-786 1050
Monday - Wednesday 9-11

46 31-786 4387

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