Access to education


Country Report: Access to education Last updated: 30/04/24


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Beneficiaries of international protection, including youth out-of-school and pre-school, have the right to full access to education at all levels.[1] There are requirements regarding proficiency in Swedish and English for higher education studies and other more specific requirements regarding proficiency in other subjects relevant to the course of studies. Fulfilling these requirements can take time and therefore add to the time it takes to obtain full qualifications.

There is financial support for higher education. Higher education is financed by student loans with partial grants. A person with a degree or qualifications from another country can, free of charge, apply for an evaluation and recognition of qualifications by the Swedish Council for Higher Education in order to provide support for finding work, or enable their continued studies in Sweden.[2] Some universities offer fast track courses for those already possessing higher education degrees.[3]



[1] Centrala studiestödsnämnden, Refugee – support from CSN, available at:

[2] Swedish Council for Higher Education, available at

[3] See e.g., Akademkikerförbuden SSR, Snabbspår, available in Swedish at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – I Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation