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Language skills and social competence are the two key factors- in addition to formal qualifications- for a successful career. The Pathway Year General is designed to enable you to reach your full academic and social potential while in Sweden and opens up for more possibilities to continue your university studies.

The programme is tailored for students with an IELTS at entry*: IELTS 5.5 (no section below 5.0) or equivalent (see requirements) who wish to improve their English language proficiency in combination with additional elective courses for those who want to improve their skills in social sciences, mathematics or natural sciences. The program requires a higher level of English. Choose this pathway to support your career and future employability.


38 weeks (August start)

Learning is based on a combination of activities such as lecture-based input, seminars, study visits, projects and guidance. Dedicated teachers, small student groups and a supportive learning environment with continuous feedback will provide you with an excellent framework to succeed in your studies. In addition to the formal courses you are expected to engage in self-studies for 20 hours per week. 

Within this programme, some of the credits are elective where you can choose courses to create a better pathway to your programme. The programme includes 22,5 predetermined credits and 37,5 elective credits. 

Programme Content

Elective courses

Elective block 1: Students have the option to study either Pathway Swedish 1, Pathway Mathematics 1 or Pathway BIM 1 in Semester 1.

Elective block 2: The elective courses in Semester 2 may have certain prerequisites. Available courses for selection in Semester 2 are Pathway Swedish 1 and 2, Pathway Academic English, Pathway Mathematics 1, Pathway BIM 2, Culture and Society in the English Language, Gender Geographies, Practical English, Intercultural and International Communication.


To learn more about our requirements click here.


Read more about programme fees here.

JU Scholarship for Pathway Year

A limited number of JU Scholarships are offered on the basis of academic merit, with an emphasis on academic excellence. Students may apply for a scholarship to cover part of the tuition fee for the Pathway Year programme (either Pathway Year English or Pathway Year General). Read more about the JU Scholarship and apply for a scholarship here after placing your Pathway Year application.

Completing the programme

Upon completion of the programme you will have recieved:

  • the English language preparation in reading, writing, listening and speaking necessary for enrollment in degree programmes at Jönköping University
  • acclimatization to Swedish culture making it easier to live and study in Sweden
  • support in adjusting to the demands, challenges and expectations of Swedish higher education
  • direct entry to a degree programme at Jönköping University

In addition at the end of the pathway programme, you will receive a certificate of completion demonstrating skills equivalent to the Swedish high school course English 6. This is the most common English language level required for entering higher education in Sweden. You can read more about corresponding levels in other countries here. External link, opens in new window.