You will need to submit an application if you would like your education to be assessed. Fill out an application form and send it to us along with several required documents. Do not send your original documents. If we need to assess the original documents, we will notify you.
Please also send copies of the following documents, in both the original language and translated to Swedish or English:
Please note that if you are not able to submit a course syllabus or a diploma supplement it may affect our ability to make a full assessment of your education. However, it is still possible to apply for an assessment of your education. If you have other documents with information about the content of your education you can add them to the application.
After entering your application in our system, we will send a confirmation to any email address you have provided. Confirmation is sent via e-mail only.
Application form for assessment of education received outside the EU and EEA (pdf)
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You can also send your application by e-mail. All attachments must then be in PDF format.
It normally takes about 3 months to have your education reviewed, but it may take longer if a special investigation is required in your case. We will send you an e-mail when we have made a decision.
The translation can be done in any country. Translation means that an authorized translator translates your documents into Swedish or English. The National Board of Health and Welfare also accepts translations from the Swedish Public Employment Service.
No. You do not need to know Swedish to have your education assessed (step 1). However, you need to be able to speak Swedish to pass several of the steps up to licence and you need to show your language skills with a certificate or grade at the latest when you apply for a licence.
If the situation in your country of education does not allow you to get the documents needed for your application you can still apply. If that is the case, you should submit the documents you have and an explanation why you cannot submit all the required documents.
If you do not have a graduate certificate or diploma, contact the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR) and apply for a so-called Background Paper. Once you have this, please enclose it with your application to us.
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No. You may obtain a licence even if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, residence permit or address. In order to practice or go to school in Sweden, however, you will have to obtain a residence or work permit from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket). It is important that you notify us when you have received a Swedish social security number so that we can update the information in the register for Healthcare professionals (HOSP).
If the National Board of Health and Welfare after its assessment does not approve your foreign training it means that your training is not similar enough to the Swedish one. It also means that you cannot continue via the National Board of Health and Welfare to obtain your licence. In this case you have to choose another option.
You can for example take additional training at a college or university. You can find the eligibility requirements on the universities websites. However, there are only a limited number of places available on these trainings. When you have completed your additional training you can apply for the licence at the National Board of Health and Welfare.
If you do not get in to additional training you can study to obtain a Swedish degree first and then apply for a licence to practice in your profession.
Contact us at the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. You can send an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 075-247 30 00.