Complementary programme for psychologists with a foreign degree

If you have a foreign degree in psychology and want to work as a licensed psychologist in Sweden, the complementary programme is a way of achieving a Swedish licence.

The programme is primarily intended for applicants with a degree from outside the EU/EEA, whose qualifications have not previously been recognised in an EU/EEA country. Applicants with a degree from the EU/EEA, are in most cases able, via the National Board of Health and Welfare, to get their degrees recognised in Sweden without having to get additional training. More information about foreign degrees from the EU/EEA area are available from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Individuals with a degree from outside the EU/EEA also have the possibility to obtain a Swedish licence through a proficiency test, carried out by the National Board of Health and Welfare.

The complementary programme is given at Uppsala University, Lund University and Umeå University.


The programme comprises a maximum of 90 credits and contains theoretical studies with practical elements. Your previous knowledge in psychology is integrated with new knowledge. The studies take into account your previous education and work experience. The goal is for you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the psychology profession in Sweden and to be able to apply for an internship.

The programme consists initially of two mandatory courses:

  • Social Law, Ethics and Professionalism I, 7.5 credits
  • Clinical conversation and communication for psychologists with a foreign degree, 7.5 credits

For the remainder of the programme, assessments of your knowledge is made and you will follow an individual study plan. The individual study plan consists of courses that are coordinated with the Psychology programme at Uppsala University.

The language of education is Swedish with a large part of the literature in English. To complete the programme, it is essential that you speak both Swedish and English.

After completion of studies, you can apply for a transcript of records of completed courses. The programme does not lead to a degree.

Eligibility requirements and application

For information about the entry requirements, please view the programme information in the course catalogue. If there are more applicants than places, a selection of candidates based on an overall assessment of academic qualifications such as previous education and relevant work experience.

 Applications are made online via the Swedish application site

Complementary programme for psychologists with a foreign degree