Science Foundation Year at Swedish Universities

Several universities throughout Sweden offer a one-year (60-credit) preparatory program for students whose secondary school credentials lack proper content needed for admission to science-based university programs. Naturvetenskapligt basår (also known as the Science Foundation Year) includes subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Each subject has an approved equivalency with the standard upper secondary school (gymnasieskolan) course in the same area of study. Courses are delivered in a university setting, however none of the credits can be applied to any university degree programs. Students may take the entire one-year course or choose to only complete the selected subjects. The final result is a Pass or Fail and is not normally calculated in conjunction with the upper secondary school leaving certificate (Slutbetyg). Successful completion of the Science Foundation Year guarantees admission to science, engineering or other related programs at universities in Sweden.



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