For applicants to bachelor's studies, after your merit rating has been calculated, you're placed into one or more selection groups. For example, if you've taken the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (högskoleprovet) and have grades you've submitted (most students do), you'll be placed in more than one group. Being in more than one group gives you a better chance to be admitted when places in your course or programme are awarded.
There are three main selection groups:
- one for students who compete based on grades
- one for students who compete based on their result on the högskoleprovet.
- a group that the university or university college can decide the rules for selection themselves
When looking at all the places available in a course or programme, at least 1/3 of the places must go to applicants with grades, and another 1/3 to applicants with a result from the högskoleprovet (Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test). The university can decide themselves who they wish to award up to 1/3 of the places available, for example through interviews or portfolios.
Sub-groups in the grades selection group
The grades selection group is divided into three groups: Betygsgrupp I (grades group I) ”BI”, betygsgrupp II (grades group II) ”BII” and folkhögskolegruppen (folk high school group) ”BF”. The grades group BI is further divided into two groups – BI and BIex. BIex is limited to students with a Swedish upper secondary education completed after 2013.
In grades group I (BI), often called the direct group, are students who meet the entry requirements for their course or programme with their foreign upper secondary qualifications plus grades in Swedish, English and in some cases mathematics. In grades group II (BII) are students who have completed supplemental courses at komvux (adult education) in order to meet the entry requirements, or to raise their merit rating.
Students with the same qualifications
Each selection group has a certain number of places to award - this depends on the number of applicants in each group. If two or more applicants in the grades group have the exact same qualifications, the university can use tests (for example högskoleprovet), interviews or a lottery to separate applicants.
If one or more applicants has the same result on the högskoleprovet, places are awarded by a lottery.
Will I be offered a place?
It’s impossible to predict if a student will be offered a place. There are several factors that contribute to a person’s chances in any semester, including how many have applied for the course or programme, the merit ratings of those students, etc. In general, the better merit rating you have the better chance you have of being offered a place in the course or programme you’ve applied to.
Check previous years’ statistics
You can get an idea of what merit rating is usually required for a course or programme by consulting the statistics database. You can find it at the website of the Swedish Council for Higher Education. This database is only available in Swedish.
Statistics database at uhr.se (in Swedish)
Find out more
A guidance counsellor can help you with your questions. You can find one at upper secondary schools, komvux, folk high schools, and universities. It doesn’t matter if you’re not yet a student, or even thinking about studying at any of these locations. A guidance counsellor will provide you with assistance.