If you have completed a degree programme in a foreign country, you can supplement your programme with additional studies in Sweden. Supplementary programmes provide you with the knowledge you need in order to enter the Swedish labour market in your field.

What is a supplementary programme?

Supplementary programmes have been available in Sweden since the early 1990's. Their purpose is to help new arrivals with foreign qualifications enter the workforce in their occupation. 

Seventy-nine per cent of those with a foreign degree and who supplement their qualifications with additional studies in Sweden were established in the labour market three years after completing a supplementary programme.

Some supplementary programmes help individuals acquire the necessary qualifications in order to practise their profession in Sweden. These professions are called regulated professions.

Other supplementary programmes provide more general knowledge of Swedish society and working in their field in Sweden.

Regulated professions

Swedish law outlines the specific requirements that must be fulfilled in order to work in certain occupations. These occupations are called regulated professions. These professions may require a specific degree or qualification, license or other formal recognition. 

The purpose of most supplementary programmes is to provide an individual who worked in and has the qualifications for one of these occupations in a foreign country, with what is required in order to work in the occupation in Sweden. 

You can find out what professions are regulated in Sweden at the following link:

Regulated professions – professions with specific requirements

Practical aspects about supplementary programmes

Supplementary programmes:

  • are a maximum of 120 credits
  • are between 1 and 2 years in length
  • are eligible for financial aid from CSN

How do I find a supplementary programme for my profession?

You can use the 'Jämför utbildning' function on Studera.nu in Swedish and search for 'kompletterande'. Kompletterande is the Swedish word for supplementary. You'll be provided with a list of the supplementary programmes available at Swedish universities.

We have also provided a list of the various programmes available below, along with links to the search results for the programme in Jämför utbildning.

At this time, there is no search available for supplementary programmes in English on Studera.nu. A suggestion is to visit a guidance counsellor and have them help you search for supplementary programmes. Once you get to the university's website, most have information about these programmes in English.

You can find information on finding a guidance counsellor at this link:

Guidance

What supplementary programmes are available and for what fields?

The following is a list of the various professions in which supplementary programmes are available, as well as information regarding what universities offer these programmes. You can also find links to more information at 'Jämför utbildning' on the Swedish version of Studera.nu.

Please note that the language of instruction for supplementary programmes is usually Swedish.

Architect, 120 credits

If you have a foreign degree in architecture, you can find supplementary programmes at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Chalmers University. This two-year programme is full-time and the teaching language is Swedish.

Biomedical scientist, 90 credits

If you have a foreign degree as a biomedical scientist, you can find supplementary programmes at Uppsala University, Gothenburg University, Linköping University and Kristianstad University. The programme offers the opportunity to obtain a biomedical science licence from The National Board of Health and Welfare. 

Business Administration

You can find supplementary programmes at Lund University.

Dentist, 60 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at Gothenburg University and Karolinska Institutet. 

Economist, 60 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at Lund University, Dalarna University and Mälardalen University. 

Engineer, 120 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University, Lund University, Luleå University of Technology and Karlstad University. This full-time programme takes 2 years to complete.

Medical Doctor, 60 credits 

You can find supplementary programmes at Gothenburg University, Lund University, Linköping University and Karolinska institutet. 

Midwifery, 60 credits

This programme is aimed at persons with a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery from a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland who wish to receive their midwifery licence. You can find supplementary programmes at Karolinska institutet.

Nursing, 60 credits

This supplementary programme is aimed at those with a foreign degree in nursing and permission from The National Board for Health and Welfare to participate in a supplementary programme for nursing. Participating higher education institutions are Karolinska Institutet, Gothenburg University, Luleå University of Technology, Linnaeus University, and Universityof Gävle.

Pharmacist, 70 credits

If you have a foreign degree in pharmacy, you can find supplementary programmes at Gothenburg University and Uppsala University (distance course). 

Psychologist, 90 or 120 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at Lund University (90 credits), Umeå University (90 credits) and Uppsala University (120 credits).

Physiotherapist, 60 credits

Those with a physiotherapist degree from a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland can find supplementary programmes at Karolinska Institutet. The programme allows you to apply for a Swedish licence in physiotherapy.

Social Worker, 90 Credits

If you've completed a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work or the equivalent, you can supplement your education at Gothenburg University, Stockholm University, and Malmö University.

Solicitor, 120 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at Stockholm University and Gothenburg University. 

Supplementary Training for University Graduates, 60 - 120 credits

General supplementary training programmes are for individuals with a foreign university qualification who wish to continue working in their field and acquire skills that will help them enter the Swedish labour market. These programmes provide theoretical courses and job training.

You can find these programmes at Malmö University (offers a general and administrative specialisation, 120 credits) and Linköping University (60 credits).

Systems Scientist, 60 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at Lund University and Dalarna University. 

Teacher, 120 credits

You can find supplementary programmes at Linköping University, Malmö University, Stockholm University, Gothenburg University, Umeå University, Örebro University och Uppsala University. 

Page last updated 2018-01-08