The Swedish Council for Higher Education’s autumn trend report indicates that the number of applicants to autumn semester 2017 decreased by 2%, while the number accepted to courses and programmes increased marginally in comparison to autumn 2016. Approximately 60 percent of applicants and those accepted were women. The number of applicants offered a place in a Master’s programme increased by 31 percent.

In total, approximately 407,000 applied for studies that began in the autumn semester 2017. Of those, nearly 238,000 were accepted in the second selection round. In comparison to autumn semester 2016, the number of applicants decreased with 2.2 percent, while the number accepted remained basically unchanged with an increase of 0.1 percent.

”If we compare the application rounds from recent years, we see that the total number of applicants increased up until autumn 2014” said Ulf Melin, Director General of The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). ”When the number of applicants decreased,  higher education institutions reduced the number of courses and programmes on offer, especially courses.”

”Interest in international courses and programmes has grown,” said Anders Lundholm, Production Coordinator at UHR ”in particular the international Master’s programmes where the number offered a place in the autumn semester was 10,631, an increase of 31 percent compared to the 8,097 offered a place in autumn 2016. The group that has increased the most is those required to pay application and tuition fees.” Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland are required to pay fees in Sweden.


Anders Lundholm, Production Coordinator, Phone: +46-10-470 06 56, E-mail: