Sweden | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
Väl godkänd (Pass with distinction)
B Plus GPA
Väl godkänd (Pass with distinction)
Instruction Languages
Swedish, English
Bachelors Equiv.
Bachelor`s degree Pre-2005: Magistersexamen with at least 160 credits (four years of study).
Masters Equiv.
Master`s degree Pre-2005: Licentiatexamen; Doktorsexamen
Grad Sample
Filosofie Licentiate examen/Fil.Lic./FL, Magister
First Degree Sample
Filosofie Kandidatexamen/Fil.Kand./FK*
Grading System

A- Equivalent: Väl godkänd (Pass with distinction)

Väl Godkänd – Pass with distinction (awarded less than 10% of the time)
Godkänd – Pass
Underkänd – Fail (failing grades do not appear on transcripts)

Recognized Universities

Chalmers University of Technology
Dalarna University College
Karolinksa Insitutet
Linköping University
Luleå University of Technology
Örebro University
Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm School of Economics (a private institution with some Gov’t support)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
University of Gotenburg
University of Lund
University of Stockholm
University of Uppsala

Notes for Sweden

Since 1977, Sweden has had several revisions to their grading scales and even this is not consistent with every school. Please check the back of the transcript for the grading scale. A Pass with Distinction on a three-level scale is awarded less than 10% of the time and should be treated as a B/A level. Failed grades are not normally shown on transcripts.

There is no mandated national grading system. The most common grading system is:
VG – Väl godkänd (Passed with distinction)
G – Godkänd (Passed)
U – Underkänd (Fail)

Väl godkänd (passed with distinction) is required for standard admissions. Applicants with a standing of godkänd (passed) can be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis, if ECTS-scale grades are not available. ECTS grading system is often used in addition to the local grades. Where possible, use the ECTS grades provided on the diploma supplement to assess admissibility and eligibility for awards.

Sweden joined Bologna process in 1999.

Since 2007 most universities started to offer three cycle degree system:
First cycle (Bachelor): 3-4 years (180-240 ECTS)
Second cycle (Master): 1-2 years (60-120 ECTS)
Third cycle (Doctorate): Minimum 4 years (240 ECTS)

Diploma Supplement has been mandatory since 2003 for all state higher education institutions. Since July 1, 2007 the Diploma Supplement is also mandatory for third cycle degrees.

The Diploma Supplement is automatically issued in English.

Bachelor programmes last for 6-8 semesters (120 to 160 points). One Swedish credit is the equivalent of 1.5 ECTS credits. Applications from students with a bachelor’s degree of three years duration (120 points) are considered on a case-by-case basis for graduate admission eligibility by the School of Graduate Studies. A non-standard admission case must be submitted to SGS for review and consideration.

Old System
Since 1977 all types of higher education including universities, vocational institutions and teacher education were integrated. Awards from institutions other than those listed above should be assessed individually. Assessment of degrees should be based on calculation of ‘points’ attained. (40 points is equated to one academic year of study). A Magistersexamen of 160 points and requiring 4 or more years of study is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. Programs in engineering, applied sciences and in health may be longer. A Kandidatexamen is completed after only three years and is not equivalent to a bachelor’s.

An award translated into English as a “master’s” does not necessarily indicate that the award is equivalent to a master’s degree.

Special points to remember: the term examen means “degree,” not “examination.” The official translation as “Bachelor of…” or “Master of…” does not necessarily agree with an SGS evaluation of the degrees. Contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office if you have any questions.

Applications from students with pre-Bologna degrees of three years duration (120 points) are considered on a case-by-case basis for graduate admission eligibility to a UofT Master’s program by the School of Graduate Studies. A non-standard admission case must be submitted to SGS for review and consideration. Please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office if you have any questions on how to assess these degrees.

Old-style Master’s programmes lasted for 2-4 semesters (40 to 80 points).

Last Update: October 2, 2018

Last modified: June 13, 2019