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Application requirements & timeline

Learn more about the application timeline, application requirements and how to apply if you don't have Swedish proficiency / Swedish in your high school diploma.


Application opens
October 16, 2020

Application closes
January 15, 2021

Last date for completing the application (receipt of supporting documentation) 
February 3, 2021

Digital Interviews
February 2021. Please note that this is only for applicants that meet all the requirements, and invitations will be sent out via emails.

Notification of Selection Results
April 20, 2021

Last date to reply to your offer
May 2021

Deadline for paying application fee (if relevant)

Autumn semester starts
August 2021

Note that we do not accept any late applications.

How should I apply?


Submit your application to UniversityAdmissions.se. All documentation should be uploaded with your application. The Stockholm School of Economics does not accept any applications nor documents sent directly to the school. Read more about the instructions for international Bachelor’s applicants here.


If any additional steps are required related to your application, our BSc Admissions Team will notify you. Please note however, SSE will not comment on your qualifications as this is conducted by UniversityAdmissions.se.


If you receive an offer of admission, you will need to respond to this by May, 2021 (exact date TBA).


The following application materials are required:

1. Upper Secondary Diploma, including

  • At least Mathematics 3b or 3c (high grade is favored).

  • At least English 6 or equivalent (high grade is favored). If you lack the requirement of English 6 in your High School diploma, we accept the following tests, approved by University Admissions:

    - IELTS Academic (an overall score of 6.5 and no section below 5.5)
    - TOEFL iBT Paper-based (Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575)
    - TOEFL iBT Internet-based (Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90)
    - Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
    - Pearson PTE Academic (Score of 62 (writing 61))
    - University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL):
    C1 Advanced (CAE), minimum score 180 (points awarded since 2015) or
    Cambridge English certificate level C1, minimum score 180
    Cambridge English: Advanced

    English language test exemption: Upper Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) conducted completely in English

    More information about English requirements and tests can be found here.

  • Grade point average corresponding 17.0 (out of 20) in the Swedish upper secondary system or IB average of 34. Read more here. Read more here if you are an IB-student.

  • Students graduating from high school in 2021 are welcome to apply but must upload a study plan including predicted grades in the application. A limited number of Conditional admissions will be offered to students graduating in 2021, who must complete with final grades and documents no later than by enrolment, August 2021.

2. University Admission Test (either SAT, ACT or TSA)

  • SAT (Essay not required):
    You can find available test centers for the SAT in your area by filtering on the country where you’d like to do the test. Registration deadlines are usually a month before the exam. To register for an upcoming SAT, please click here. In order to send the SAT scores to the Stockholm School of Economics, students must use College Board code 7659, either when registering for the SAT or via their account after registration. Click here to read more.

  • ACT (Essay not required):
    You can find available test centers in your area, plus information on how to register to the ACT here. In order to send ACT scores directly to the Stockholm School of Economics, students must use the ACT College Code 9095.
  • TSA (Writing Task not required):
    If you plan to apply to the University of Cambridge or Oxford and are taking the TSA Cambridge or TSA Oxford on November 5th, you can share the results with us when you get in in January.

There is not a cut-off minimum score for the tests; high score is favoured. The applications will be assessed holistically, taking into consideration your High School Diploma, your SAT/ACT/TSA results, your motivation letter and CV.

If you don’t have any possibility to do the SAT, ACT or TSA in your home country before January 15th, please contact us at bsc.admissions@hhs.se . We will offer a limited number of students the possibility to do the TSA-test in January.

3. Motivation letter & CV

  • Letter of motivation
    A short letter, 300-500 words, describing why you are interested in the program and why you are a suitable candidate
  • CV
    This should include relevant experience, education, volunteer experience and extracurricular activities. Please note that we do not expect you to have an extended resume, but this is your opportunity to show us how you present yourself

Am I eligible?

It is University Admissions that assesses your qualifications, once you have submitted an application. 

They provide an assessment manual for qualifications from different countries, however in Swedish. You may be able to translate the information relevant to you. 

They also provide some useful specific information on what is required for qualifications from certain countries. Have a look here!


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