There are often more applicants to a course or programme than places available. All applicants are placed in selection groups from which places are awarded. Read more about selection and how places are awarded.

Selection to courses and programmes at the bachelor's level

After your merit rating has been calculated, applicants to bachelor's studies are 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 in which the university or university college decides the rules for selection

During selection, 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 to whom 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”. 

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.

Selection after folk high school

If you've studied at a folk high school, you'll compete in a group with others in the folk high school group.

Högskoleprovet (Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test or SweSAT)

If you take the SweSAT, you'll be placed in a special selection group for everyone with a valid test result. You can also compete in the grades groups, depending on what type of grades you have.

The SweSAT does not give you eligibility for higher education studies, but it does give you a better chance to be offered a place if you are eligible. For some courses and programmes, the SweSAT is required.

Read more about the SweSAT (Högskoleprovet)

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 applicant 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 and the merit ratings of those students. 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.

Find statistics at the statistics database at (in Swedish)

Selection to courses and programmes at the master's level

For master's admission, universities decide what the criteria are when assigning a merit rating. Examples of what may be considered are:

  • Number of previous university credits
  • Previous grades
  • Other requested documentation, such as essays and motivation letters.

Always check the course/programme page

For information about what the criteria are for the programme you've applied for, see the course description page on the university's website. You can access this page from the search results at

Find out more

A guidance counsellor can always help you with your questions. You can find one at upper secondary schools, adult education centres, 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 help you with your questions.

Page last updated 2023-03-08