Language Requirements

International Degree Seeking Students (and summer course applicants)

All applicants are required to meet the standard English language requirements corresponding to English 6, or English course B in the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Accepted tests and minimum results required:

  • TOEFL* (We do not accept TOEFL ITP)
    • Paper-based: score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575
    • Internet based:
      Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
    • The institution code for universityadmissions is "Sweden 3477"
    • If you apply directly through www.ju.se the code is "8487"
  • IELTS Academic:
    An overall score of 6.5 and no section below 5.5.
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments:
    • Michigan English Language Assesment Battery (MELAB), minimum score of 90
    • University of Michigan, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL):
    • Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) or Cambridge ESOL Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International, Level C1
  • Pearson PTE Academic:
    Score of 62 (writing 61)


*The TOEFL test result cannot be older than two years.

Pathway Programmes

Read more about language requirements for our Pathway Programmes herePDF.

English Language Test Exemptions

If you can document any of the following, you are not required to submit a formal English test:

  • Applicants with an upper secondary/ high school degree where English is the only language of instruction. Evidence must be provided showing the student's upper secondary tutoring language. NOTE: Upper secondary English instruction in some countries qualifies as equivalent to English 6/English B in Sweden. Check here to see if you meet the English requirementsexternal link, opens in new window based on your upper secondary/ high school studies.

  • Students with a formal university transcript or degree certificate for their Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction for the programme was English meet the requirement.

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from a university where English is the only language of instruction meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities or the World Directory of Medical Schools that was current the year the degree was awarded.

  • Students with a completed 1-year degree at the master's level or higher from a university where English is the only language of instruction meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the World Higher Education Database (WHED). The degree must have been completed within the last 10 years.

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) where English is the main subject meet the English requirement.

  • Students with 60 higher education (HE) credits from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland where the language of instruction of the course is English. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents.

  • Students with 60 higher education (HE) credits from Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada. The language of instruction needs to be English.

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish "Kandidatexamen") in engineering, computer science, computer applications, medicine, pharmacy, science or technology (taught in English) from India or Pakistan.

  • Turkish students who have studied a 1-year preparatory class in English at a university.


Exchange Students

Generally speaking, the home university guarantees a student's fluency in English, by signing a course confirmation statement. Although language test scores are not formally required, all students are expected to meet the university's minimum English requirements and students must receive a signature from a representative of their home university guaranteeing their fluency in English.​

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