Information about supplementary education for psychologists with a foreign license

There are three supplementary education alternatives for psychologists with a foreign education and which are located in Uppsala, Lund and Umeå.

The educations are for psychologists who want to obtain a Swedish license to work as a psychologist in Sweden. They are primarily intended for applicants with a degree from outside the EU area.

To apply you must already have a master level degree in clinical psychology, with practical training or having worked as a psychologist in the country you received your education.

The teaching is in Swedish, and a large part of the literature is in English. To apply you need completed courses in Swedish 3 and English 5.


Your previous knowledge in psychology is integrated with new knowledge. The studies consider your previous education and work experience, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the psychology profession in Sweden. The goal is for you to be able to apply for a one-year internship, an employment as psychologist under supervision called “PTP”, and then finally apply for a license.

The complementary education comprises four semesters. There are two compulsory courses. After that, each student gets an individual study plan for the following part of the education.

The compulsory courses

* Laws and regulations, ethics and professionalism (7,5 credits)

* Clinical interview and communication examen (7,5 credits).

The individual study plan

Example, most students are required to take:

* Psychiatry and psychopathology, (7,5 credits)

* Clinical preparation CBT or PDT, (7,5 credits)

* Psychotherapy in theory and practice I, II and III (7,5 credits each)

When the training is completed, you will receive a certificate to be able to apply to do PTP at National board of health. And after approved PTP, you can apply for a license at National board of health and welfare.

Read more about the alternatives here:






Education is free for citizens or a person with a permit to stay in Sweden.  If you are not a citizen of a European Union, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. 

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 97,500

Tuition fee, total: about SEK 292,500 but that is depending on level and whether part time or full time courses, i. e. the total fee could be less.

The second way is to apply directly for identification with National board of health and welfare.

This can be done if you believe that there is a possibility that National board of health and welfare will assess that your education is sufficiently reminiscent of Swedish. Unfortunately, you can not get much advance notice about it. 

National board of health and welfare does not want to give advance notice, for example how likely they are to assess that a certain university's psychologist education in a certain country could be approved by them. However, two things can be assumed: the education that the person in question has completed must be at master's level, and there must have been practical elements, applied psychology, in the education. But you can not say more than that before, but you have to try. If it is rejected, you can try to apply for supplementary education. 


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