Swedish language requirements

Here you can find the means of demonstrating Swedish language skills when applying for Master's studies through University Admissions Finland. Statements by individual language teachers on an applicant’s language skills are unacceptable, as they cannot be compared with standardized language tests.

University Admissions Finland (UAF) is a centralized application service working for several Finnish universities. If you are applying for more than one programme and you verify your language skills to them with the same language test, University Admissions Finland needs to receive the test result only once.

If you submitted language test results during one of the previous application periods, University Admissions Finland still has the record of them. However, the scores will not automatically show up in the applicant’s FuniMa user account and will appear only when UAF processes the first application from you.

If the previously submitted language test was taken prior to May 2012 and you wish to use it, please contact UAF. Also note that the language skill requirements may have changed from the previous application periods.

If you are indicating your language skills with a degree completed in Swedish, note that the faculties carry out the student selections and it is at their discretion whether a degree meets the language skill requirement set for the programme. If your degree includes transfer credits from outside the specified country/area or courses conducted in a language other than Swedish, the degree might not meet the requirement. Faculties are not able to answer inquiries about specific documents during the application period.

If you verify your language skills with your educational degree, the language of instruction must always be indicated clearly on the educational documents. A conditional acceptance of your language skills with your future degree is also possible. This can be done acceptably only if you indicate your language skills with the same degree as your university eligibility.

Basic education, an upper secondary qualification or another qualification providing eligibility for higher education, completed in the Swedish language is the requirement.

Sufficient skills in Swedish are indicated by:

  • The mother tongue test (in Swedish) in Finnish matriculation examination with a minimum grade of approbatur
  • The Swedish as a second language test with a minimum grade of cum laude approbatur

Sufficient skills in Swedish in Reifeprüfung/Abiturprüfung qualification are indicated by:

  • An approved written test in Swedish (a grade of 4)
  • An approved oral test in Swedish with a minimum grade of 8

Sufficient skills in Swedish in the International Baccalaureate qualification are indicated by:

  • Swedish as the A1 language with an approved grade (a minimum grade of 2)
  • Swedish as the A2 language with a minimum grade of 5
  • Swedish as the A language (literature/language and literature/language and performance) with an approved grade (a minimum grade of 2)

Sufficient skills in Swedish in the European Baccalaureate qualification are indicated with Swedish as the LI language with an approved grade (a grade of 4).

Sufficient skills in Swedish are indicated by a Swedish-language test or studies in Swedish completed as part of a higher education degree, demonstrating oral and written proficiency in Swedish (as a second national language) with a minimum grade of Good.

Sufficient skills in Swedish are indicated by studies in the Swedish language at a higher education institution with:

  • The minimum scope of 35 credit units or 70 credits
  • The grade of cum laude approbatur
  • The equivalent studies in an equivalent discipline, as verified in a certificate issued by the relevant institution

Sufficient skills in Swedish are indicated by studies in the Swedish language at a higher education institution with:

  • A higher education degree completed in Swedish
  • A higher education degree with the Swedish language (or an equivalent discipline) as the major subject

Sufficient skills in Swedish are indicated by a maturity test written in Swedish for a higher education degree.

Sufficient skills in Swedish are indicated by language skills test (recognised language tests and their required scores or grades) as follows: