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Education System in the Sweden

Sweden Education is rated as one of the best in the world as it is called Land of Nobel Prize (highest academic distinction) as it gives emphasis on creativity, innovation and developments.

Sweden offers courses and programmes at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

Bachelor's level

Bachelor's level is also known as first cycle in the European Region. You may also be familiar with the term 'undergraduate'. In Sweden, there is a wide range of international courses available at this level, but a limited number of study programmes. These courses and programmes are taught in English. Very basically, a student must have completed upper secondary studies in order to be qualified for study at this level. Bachelor Program in Sweden are usually 3 years long (180 ECTS) .

Master's level

The next level is master's, also known as second cycle in the European Region. The term 'graduate level' can also be used. Universities in Sweden offer a large range of international master's programmes where the language of instruction is English. These programmes are open to both Swedish and international students who have earned a bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen). Masters in Sweden can be one or two years long (60 or 120 ECTS credits).

Doctoral level

After having earned a master's degree, students have the possibility of continuing their university studies at the doctoral level. Students interested in studying at the doctoral level have a different admissions process than students studying at other levels. Please contact AOCG for it .


What is difference between Programmes and courses ?

A degree programme at a Swedish university is made up of a number of courses (modules)  in a particular field of study leading to a specific degree. Each semester, programme students follow one large course or several smaller courses.

Instead of applying for a full degree programme, it’s also possible to apply for admission to some courses directly. When you apply for and enrol on a course rather than a programme, you are only registered for that specific course. When you apply for and enrol on a programme, you will then register for many courses over the duration of your programme.


  • You enrol on a two-year master’s programme made up of four semesters of study. During each semester, you take four courses for 7.5 ECTS credits each, for a total of 120 ECTS credits for the programme.
  • You enrol on a one-year master’s programme made up of two semesters of study. During each semester, you take one course for 30 ECTS credits, for a total of 60 ECTS credits for the programme.
  • You enrol on a 30-credit course in a subject you’re interested in. You take only that specific course and must turn in a new application if you wish to take additional courses.