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Laws and regulations

The laws and statutes available on this website apply to higher education in Sweden. It is mainly the Higher Education Act and Higher Education Ordinance that govern the operations of higher education institutions in Sweden.

This translation is for information purposes only and has no legal force. In the event of discrepancies, the Swedish-language version takes precedence.

The Higher Education Act

The Higher Education Act contains provisions about the higher education institutions that are accountable to the government, local authorities or county councils. These provisions are often supplemented by the regulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

The Swedish Higher Education Act, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 1992:1434

The Higher Education Ordinance

The Higher Education Ordinance contains regulations that supplement or clarify the provisions contained in the Higher Education Act (1992:1434).

The Higher Education Ordinance, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 1993:100

Ordinance for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ordinance for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 1993:221

Act concerning authority to award certain qualifications

Act concerning authority to award certain qualifications, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 1993:792

Ordinance on contract education at higher education institutions

Ordinance on contract education at higher education institutions, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2002:760

Ordinance on the expulsion of students from higher education

Ordinance on the expulsion of students from higher education, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2007:989

Ordinance for the Swedish Defence University

Ordinance for the Swedish Defence University, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2007:1164

Ordinance on application fees and tuition fees at higher education institutions

Ordinance on application fees and tuition fees at higher education institutions, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2010:543

Ordinance on scholarships for students required to pay tuition fees

Ordinance on scholarships for students required to pay tuition fees, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2010:718

Ordinance on admission to programmes leading to the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education

Ordinance on admission to programmes leading to the award of a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2010:2021

Ordinance on supplementary teacher education

Ordinance on supplementary teacher education, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2011:686

Ordinance on certain qualifications that provide qualified teacher status for teachers and pre-school teachers and on higher education programmes for the continuing professional development of teachers and pre-school teachers who lack degrees in education or pre-school education

Ordinance on certain qualifications that provide qualified teacher status for teachers and pre-school teachers and on higher education programmes for the continuing professional development of teachers and pre-school teachers who lack degrees in education or pre-school education, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2011:689 


Diploma supplement for a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education

Diploma supplement for a Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education, Statute Book of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHRFS) No. 2013:5, Annex

Ordinance on higher education bridging programmes to supplement foreign qualifications

Ordinance on higher education bridging programmes to supplement foreign qualifications, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2008:1011

Ordinance on supplementary teacher education that leads to a Degree of Bachelor/Master of Arts/Science in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education for people with a third-cycle qualification

Ordinance on supplementary teacher education that leads to a Degree of Bachelor/Master of Arts/Science in Secondary/Upper Secondary Education for people with a third-cycle qualification, Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) No. 2016:705

Last updated: 2 July 2019