Entry requirements may be different for different programmes, as prior knowledge is taken into consideration for each programme. There are also different types of selection procedures in different programmes.
Each education provider (school) handles their own admissions process in their programmes. You need to contact the education provider directly to find out what the exact requirements are for the programme of your choice.
Higher Vocational Education eligibility
To fulfil the entry requirements for HVE, you must have the prior knowledge equivalent to upper-secondary education. However, the rules are generous and applicants of varying backgrounds are given an opportunity to demonstrate fulfilment of entry requirements.
General entry requirements for HVE are met if you
- have received a school leaving certificate from a full national upper-secondary school programme, or a school leaving certificate from adult education at upper-secondary level,
- hold Swedish or foreign qualifications equivalent to the requirements stated under 1,
- are a resident of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway and there fulfil the entry requirements for study programmes equivalent to the Swedish HVE programmes, or
- hold Swedish or foreign qualifications, or if you have through practical experience or other circumstance obtained the prerequisites needed in order to fulfil the programme requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Many HVE programmes require specific prior knowledge beyond the general entry requirements. These may vary in different programmes. It may involve completion of specific courses from a national programme at upper-secondary level or specific professional experience. Contact the education provider (school) directly to find out what the specific requirements are for the programme of your choice.
Knowledge of Swedish
If your first language is other than Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic or Faroese, you must have the necessary knowledge of the Swedish language. The education provider tests and determines whether you have the necessary knowledge.
Some programmes offer opportunities for extra-curricular support if your first language is other than Swedish in the form of job-related Swedish language training.
Should you not fulfil the formal entry requirements, there is still a chance to gain entry to a programme. The education provider may, under special circumstances, exempt the applicant if he or she is judged capable enough to fulfil the requirements of the programme and to practise the profession for which the programme prepares. Contact the education provider to find out whether this opportunity is available for the programme of your choice.
Selection and admissions
In a situation where there are more applicants to an HVE programme than there are study places, a selection has to be made among the applicants.
Selection procedures vary in different programmes. You may be asked to take a written test or go to an interview. Grades, prior education or professional experience may also be taken into consideration.
Each education provider (school) handles their own admissions process in their programmes. If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact the education provider directly.