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BIDS - Admission

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the program the student must fulfill general entry requirements. In addition, the student must fulfill the specific entry requirements - courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs:

  • Civics A or Civics 1b/1a1+1a2
  • English 6/B (advanced) proficiency

Equivalence assessments will be made according to national guidelines. 

The admission process is handled by University Admissions and they also have country-specific information about the requirements. Please contact them if you have questions about how to apply, requirements etc.

General entry requirements mean that it is only high school studies that are required in order to be admitted to the programme. All your other merits like CV, letter of intent, or letter of reference are not required. Foreign students are exempted from the general university requirement of commanding the Swedish language.

Credentials - diploma and transcripts - should always be official and certified. If they are in a language other than the Nordic languages, English, French or German, authorized translations must be enclosed.

Details on general admission requirement

Details on English proficiency levels

Admission statistics

More information can be found here.

Application rounds

There are two annual application rounds for the Bachelor's programme in Development Studies:

1) The international admission 16 October 2021 to 15 January, 2022 (Autumn 2022, Bachelor's, first admission round) on and;

2) The national admission round  15 March to 15 April, 2022 on (Swedish language is not a requirement, but you will need to know some basic Swedish in order to navigate the webpage)

The admissions results for the international admissions round are published around the middle of April. The admissions results for the national admissions round are published around the mid-July.

Students who are non-EU/EAA citizens and do not already have a residence permit in Sweden or another EU/EAA-country could theoretically apply in the national admissions round, but usually it is hard to receive a new residence permit on time for the start of the autumn semester during the tight time schedule.

Important deadlines for the two admission rounds can be found on: The international admissions round is called the first admissions round and the national admissions round is the second admissions round in the link.

Whom to contact?

If you have questions about:

  • application process
  • assessment of your grades
  • your admission documents

contact University Admissions in Sweden

  • your admission results
  • late applications
  • selection process

contact Admission Office at Lund University

  • admission statistics
  • programme details

contact bids [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se.