Interest in Swedish higher education courses and programmes taught in English has risen. Last spring saw a 17 per cent increase in the number of applicants to international courses at the Bachelor’s level, while applicants to international Master’s programmes increased by 20 per cent. The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) noted that applicants who are required to pay fees accounted for the greatest increase.

”International courses and Master’s programmes lost a number of applicants when Sweden introduced application and tuition fees in 2011” said Karing Röding, UHR’s Director General. ”We’re pleased that the number of applicants increased last spring; in comparison to spring 2018, 45 per cent more fee-paying students applied to spring semester international courses, while the increase for Master’s programme applicants was 61 per cent.”

Traditionally, the number of courses and programmes available for admission to the spring semester is significantly smaller than the autumn; the per cent increases shouldn’t be over-interpreted. But in absolute numbers, spring 2019 had a higher number of fee-paying applicants, eligible applicants and admitted applicants to international courses and Master’s programmes than any of the past nine spring semesters.

Applications to international courses increased from 3,866 to 4,511 in spring 2019 (+17 %). Fee-paying students increased from 839 in spring 2018 to 1,217 in spring 2019 (+45 %). At the same time, the number of accepted students increased with 31 per cent, from 971 to 1,275 in spring 2019. Fee-paying students increased with 62 per cent, from 338 last spring to 547 this spring.

Master’s programmes saw an increase in applicants of 20 per cent, from 1,476 to 1,797 in spring 2019. Fee-paying applicants increased with 61 per cent, from 331 to 534 in spring 2019. The number accepted increased with 35 per cent, from 209 to 283 in spring 2019. In addition, the number of fee-paying students increased – from 85 to 179 compared to last spring (+111 %).

The purpose of the international application rounds is to make the process smoother for international applicants, and streamline the assessment of their qualifications. The courses and programmes offered in these rounds are normally taught in English and primarily aimed at foreign applicants.

An English summary of the report ”Antagning till högre utbildning vårterminen 2019 – analys av antagningsomgångarna och trender i antagningsstatistiken” is available at