Requirements to enter upper-secondary education

To enter a national program in upper-secondary education (gymnasium) in Sweden, you need to show that you meet the requirements to enter a vocational programme or a university-preparatory programme.

If you have obtained a grade from compulsory school in the subject Swedish or nor (through studies at Språkintroduktion for example). Nor is it clear if you son wants to enter a national upper-secondary programme (gymnasieprogram), or if he wants to study at a university in Sweden.

There is no public agency who validates grades from compulsory school. However, a diploma from upper secondary school is possible to validate through another public agency. Worth knowing is that a person who has completed the equivalence of an upper-secondary education in another country, cannot redo upper-secondary education in Sweden.

Regulations concerning the requirements to enter upper-secondary education

Questions about studies at university level can be asked to The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). The UHR is also in charge of validating grades to enter higher education. Follow the link below.

To enter a national program in upper-secondary education (gymnasium), you need to show that you meet the requirements to enter a vocational programme or a university-preparatory programme.

  • The minimum requirements for a vocational programme are: grades in Swedish, Mathematics, English and 5 other subjects. 8 subjects in total.
  • For university-preparatory programmes the minimum requirements are: grades in Swedish, Mathematics, English and 9 other subjects. 12 subjects in total.

Fri kvot = free quota

If you do not have grades from the Swedish school system, it is possible to be accepted at a programme through something called “fri kvot” (free quota). Fri kvot means that a limited number of places must be allocated for those who come from school units whose grades or assessments cannot but be compared with the grades from the compulsory school.

The accountable authority decides

It is the accountable authority (huvudman) who decides on the number of seats to be allocated. In this regulation it is not defined how the grades should be validated. If they should be translated or not. It is up to the accountable authority to decide. However, the requirement of a passed grade in the subject Swedish cannot be overlooked.

If you want to enter upper-secondary education it is a good idea to contact the study and career guidance at the school you have in mind. The career guide, (Studie- och yrkesvägledare, SYV) should be able to inform you more in detail about the Swedish school system, the requirements, fri kvot and how to apply. In Sweden there are also some IB-schools with another kind of admission requirements. These requirements are not subordinated the Swedish National Agency for Education.

If you want to enter a university, you can contact The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) and/or a study and career guidance at municipal adult education (komvux).

The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR):s websiteexternal link

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Senast uppdaterad 25 september 2020