Far from all foreign higher education entitles you to student financing. One of CSN’s (the Swedish Board for Study Support) requirements for eligibility for student financing is that the course is of an acceptable standard.

CSN assesses whether a foreign course is approved for Swedish student financing.

The Swedish Council for Higher Education’s (UHR) regulations (UHRFS 2013:10) state the requirements a course must fulfil to be of an acceptable standard. They only apply to studies outside the Nordic region. As a first step, UHR examines whether the course is recognised by the educational authority in that country.

Questions about recognised courses/programmes

If you are wondering whether or not a course is recognised, you can contact UHR.

Send an email to the Swedish Council for Higher Education at godtagbarstandard@uhr.se

Studies in the Nordic region

If you want to study in another Nordic country, the course should be under state supervision. It should be equivalent or comparable to a course that provides eligibility for student financing in Sweden.

Studies outside the Nordic region

If you want to study outside the Nordic region, the course should be recognised by the country’s education authority.

Additional requirements for France, Great Britain and the US

In addition to the requirement that the course must be recognised by the state or the country’s education authorities, there are additional requirements for France, the US and Great Britain.

France

The course/programme must lead to a qualification (diploma) that is recognised by the state.

Great Britain

The course/programme must be recognised by one of the following organisations: Drama UK, Council for Dance Education and Training, or the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

To Drama UK

To the Council for Dance Education and Training

To the British Accreditation Council (BAC)

The course/programme must also

  • be provided by a recognised body, or
  • lead to at least a Higher National Diploma. A Higher National Diploma must be awarded by the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC)/Edexcel Foundation or the Scottish Vocational Education Council (SCOTVEC).

USA

The course/programme must be regionally or professionally accredited. There are two different types of accreditation:

  • Institutional Accreditation
  • Professional/Specialised Accreditation  

Institutional Accreditation

Institutional accreditation is an approval of the college or university as a whole. It may be regional or national. Most large US universities have regional accreditation.

Those with national accreditation often provide shorter, more practical courses that are of a different character to Swedish higher education. In general, student financing is not granted for such courses.

Regional accreditation institutes

The US has no central authority that recognises universities, colleges and courses. Instead, there are different accreditation organisations. The following regional accreditation organisations are approved:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, MSA-CHE, Commission on Higher Education.
For courses in: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

To the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC-CIHE, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 
For courses in: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

To the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, NCA-HLC, Higher Learning Commission.
For courses in: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

To the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, NWCCU
For courses in: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. This organisation was previously called Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges (NASC).

To the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SACS, Commission on Colleges.
For courses in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

To the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, WASC-ACSCU, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
For courses in: California, Guam, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. This organisation was previously called WASC-SR.

To the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Professional/Specialised Accreditation  

Professional or Specialised Accreditation can be regarded as further assurance of the course’s quality. Not all universities apply for Professional/Specialised Accreditation for their courses and programmes. Nor is there professional accreditation for all courses/programmes, only for some specialisations.

The universities’ websites state how they are accredited. This information is also available in handbooks about US colleges and universities.

Page last updated 2017-09-01