Thousands of Swedish university courses still open for late applications

Thousands of Swedish university courses still open for late applications
Many of the courses will be held in English. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
The number of available spots at Swedish universities has been increased due to the coronavirus pandemic – and despite a record intake of students, thousands of places remain open to latecomers.

Thousands of students received their admission letters last week. Almost 452,000 people had applied to start a university course this autumn, more than 50,000 people more than last year, reports the TT newswire.

Around 180,000 of the applicants got their first pick of course, compared to 175,000 last year. Around 45,000 were admitted to their second choice and around 23,000 to their third choice.

You can study for a full degree in Sweden, but it is also common to just take one semester's worth of modules – either because you need them to be accepted to another degree course, or simply for fun, or as a way of taking a short break from a job market that's been hit hard by the pandemic.

Around 11,000 university courses are currently open for late applications, and several have been added fairly recently. That includes degrees, short and basic modules, and more advanced studies.

Almost 3,500 of them will be taught in English, according to antagning.se when The Local looked.

Non-EU students normally have to pay tuition fees in Sweden, but there are exceptions. For example, if you have a permanent Swedish residence permit or a temporary residence permit that was granted on the basis of something other than studies, you are just like Swedish students not required to pay tuition fees.


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