All applicants to programmes (and summer courses) are required to meet the standard English language requirements corresponding to English 6 in the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Everyone can meet the requirement by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Completed upper secondary and university studies in some countries can also fulfill the requirement. 


Accepted tests and minimum results required

  • TOEFL iBT Test
    • We accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test. The scoring criteria and score scale are the same as a TOEFL iBT Test test taken at a test center.
    • We do not accept TOEFL ITP or TOEFL iBT MyBest score
    • Internet based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
    • Paper-based: score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575
    • It is necessary to notify the Admissions Office when you have placed your order with ETS.
    • If you apply directly through our website's local admission, the code is: 8487.
    • The TOEFL test result cannot be older than 2 years.
  • IELTS Academic
    • An overall score of 6.5 and no section below 5.5.
    • The IELTS test result cannot be older than 10 years.
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or the IELTS indicator test
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) 
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
    • Cambridge ESOL Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International, Level C1
    • Cambridge English Assessement test must be made available to Jönköping University through your Candidate page.
    • The test result has no expiry date.
  • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
    • Michigan English Language Assesment Battery (MELAB), minimum score of 90
    • University of Michigan, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
    • The test result has no expiry date.
  • Pearson PTE Academic
    • Score of 62 (writing 61)
    • Pearson PTE Academic test results must be made available to Jönköping University, Sweden by the testing centre.
    • The test result has no expiry date.

Exemptions to the English test

If you can document any of the following, you are not required to submit a formal English test:

  • Applicants with an upper secondary/ high school degree where English is the only language of instruction. Evidence must be provided showing the student's upper secondary tutoring language.


  • Students with a formal university transcript or degree certificate for their Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction for the programme was English meet the requirement.

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from a university where English is the only language of instruction meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities or the World Directory of Medical Schools that was current the year the degree was awarded.

  • Students with a completed 1-year degree at the master's level or higher from a university where English is the only language of instruction meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the World Higher Education Database (WHED). The degree must have been completed within the last 10 years.

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) where English is the main subject meet the English requirement.

  • Students with 60 higher education (HE) credits from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland where the language of instruction of the course is English. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents.

  • Students with 60 higher education (HE) credits from Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada. The language of instruction needs to be English.

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish "Kandidatexamen") in engineering, computer science, computer applications, medicine, pharmacy, science or technology (taught in English) from India or Pakistan.

Pathway Programmes

Read more about language requirements for our Pathway Programmes here.

Exchange Students

Generally speaking, the home university guarantees a student's fluency in English, by signing a course confirmation statement. Although language test scores are not formally required, all students are expected to meet the university's minimum English requirements and students must receive a signature from a representative of their home university guaranteeing their fluency in English.​