Foreign university graduates

University graduates constitute a large number of immigrants to Sweden. These pages include a short description of different educational paths to graduate careers. And how to proceed in order to have your professional competence assessed. Start the slideshow to show the different paths or go directly to the page "Careers for university graduates".

 

What is applicable to you as a university graduate from outside Sweden?

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Documentation from another country than Sweden?

When you seek work, apply to university or for supplementary education (e.g. for professional status qualification) you require documentation concerning your education.

Certificates need to be translated unless they are in Swedish, any of the Nordic languages or in English, French, German or Spanish.

  • No documents
  • Documents in Swedish, English etc.
  • Documents in another language

No documents

If you wish to be assessed, but have no documentary proof of your qualifications, you can refer to the higher education institution concerned. However, such educational centres have no obligation to carry out an evaluation if you are not a student there.

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Documents that need to be translated

If your grades and certificates are in not in Swedish, any of the other Nordic languages, English, German, French or Spanish then they may need to be translated. This may be so that the employer understands if your grades are relevant to the work you seek. It may also be to apply for studies at university level or for supplementary education.

If you are registered with the Swedish Employment Service (Af) you may receive help with the translation. If you are not registered, you must rely on an authorised translator.

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Which type of education do you have?

Which agency you shall turn to in order to have your education assessed depends on the type of education you have and whether it is completed or not.

  • Completed higher education
  • Commenced higher education
  • Upper secondary education
  • Vocational education and training
  • Regulated profession
  • Other education

Completed higher education

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or have applied for a residence permit in Sweden, you can request an assessment of your foreign qualifications. This applies to you if you are an asylum seeker as well.

If you have completed a foreign higher education, you can have it assessed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. It will issue a document that states briefly which Swedish degree your qualification corresponds to.

Commenced higher education

The higher education institutions evaluate what can be taken into account of your earlier studies. You should mention that you have previous experience corresponding to the entry requirements when you make your application.

Contact the institution, which has the education you are interested in, for guidance.

Upper secondary education

The Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet in Swedish, or Uhr) makes assessments of foreign education qualifications.

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or have applied for a residence permit in Sweden, you can request an assessment of your foreign qualifications. This applies to you if you are an asylum seeker as well.

The assessment helps when planning future studies, but is not required when applying to an education programme. Instead the assessment is made in connection with your registration for higher educationstudies.

Vocational education and training

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or have applied for a residence permit in Sweden, you can request an assessment of your foreign qualifications. This applies to you if you are an asylum seeker as well.

If you have completed a foreign higher education, you can have it assessed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. It will issue a document that states briefly which Swedish degree your qualification corresponds to.

Regulated profession

Certain professions are regulated; this means there are stipulated conditions for working within such an occupation. To be able to work in such a profession you must first seek recognition from the relevant authority.

 
 
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