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Study and careers advice

Study and careers advice can provide support before, during and after your studies. The careers advisors are based at the Student Centre and they offer general information and individual study and careers advice. Those advisors who are linked to the various departments provide more in-depth information about each programme and subject area.

Support to students with disabilities

If you have a disability that may affect your studies then you are entitled to support to enable you to study under the same conditions as your fellow students. In order to receive support you need to provide a certificate or other document explaining your condition and setting out your needs. The support is based on your needs, which means that there are no ready-made solutions. It is important that you contact the coordinators for support to students well in advance of your education start, so that the university can offer you the best possible support. When you apply to the university, send a copy of your application together with your certificate to the coordinators at University West. The coordinators are based at the Student Centre.

Students in needs of protection

There may be special reasons for a student to request that their personal data be protected. The reason may for example be that you are experiencing some kind of threat against your person. Having protected personal data means that you are given another identity on the university's system.

Applying for a course/programme 

Applications for international free-movers for university course or programme are carried out via a national search engine on the website
International exchange students apply for an exchange seat at their home university. Further information about application is to be obtained by the home university or International Office at University West.

Entry requirements

All university courses and programmes require you to have a certain level of previous knowledge. These are the entry requirements. These requirements are essential in order for you to be able to cope with and complete your education. Fulfilling the entry requirements does not guarantee you a place (see section below on selection). Entry requirements are divided up into general and specific requirements.

General entry requirements

Starting a course or a programme at university level requires you to have attained general entry requirements. You can achieve general entry requirements in various ways, for example via your final grades from completing your upper secondary school education. For further information about how to attain general entry requirements, contact a study advisor or read on below.

Specific entry requirements

Several courses or programmes demand specific previous knowledge in addition to the general entry requirements. Such requirements may include having passed one or more specific courses at secondary level. Some courses or programmes require you to have completed courses at university.

Prior learning and experience

You may have a great deal of knowledge that can entirely or partly qualify you for a particular education, despite the fact that you may lack formal qualifications from secondary school, adult education or equivalent. If you apply to be assessed on the basis of your prior learning and experience then the university makes an overall assessment of your knowledge and experience from work, club activities, from extended periods abroad, staff training and/or other courses. The aim is to form a judgement as to whether your combined skills meet the entry requirements for the course or programme to which you are applying. If your prior learning and experience is accepted, it does not guarantee you a place. If you are applying on the basis of prior learning and experience then you will most likely be required to take the university entrance exam in order to be included in the selection process for the education.


Exemptions are when an applicant who is deemed capable of coping with the education without having fulfilled the entry requirements, is exempt from one or more of the requirements for a specific education during a specific admissions round. If you would like to apply for exemption, your application should be supported in a separate letter attached to your application.


The number of qualified applications for a course or a programme often outnumbers the number of places available, in which case a selection process is carried out. Selection for undergraduate education is based chiefly on grades from upper secondary school and the results of the university entrance exam, but there are also other selection groups. The selection process normally happens in two stages; selection 1 and selection 2.

Special selection

A special selection process is applied to some of the programmes at University West. This means that a small proportion of the places are allocated to applicants who are assessed based on criteria other than grades and the results of the entrance exam. Please note that the entry requirements still apply.

Admissions decision

After a selection has been made you will see from your admissions letter whether you have been accepted, been given a reserve place or if your application has been rejected. You will find further information about when admissions letters are sent out at If you have been offered a place or a reserve place in an admissions round that has two selections then you must respond to the first admissions letter in order to keep your place. The deadline for responses is stated in the admissions letter. Please note that you can only respond to an admissions decision at


Some of the decisions that are made about your application for a university education and that you are informed of via an admissions letter can be appealed against. You can only appeal against decisions regarding qualifications and rejections when applying on the basis of prior learning and experience and exemptions.

If you have identified obvious errors in the handling of your application, for example an incorrectly registered upper secondary school grade, then you should not appeal. You should instead contact Admissions immediately, so that we can rectify the error.
For further information regarding rules and entitlements in relation to admissions to courses or programmes at University West, please refer to the university's admission regulations.


If you have been offered a place on a course or a programme at University West but are unable to take up the place for particular reasons then you can defer the start of your education.
Special reasons for deferring the start of your studies may be social, medical, or may be related to other particular circumstances, such as caring for a child, national service, student union assignments or postponed leave according to the Employees' Right to Educational Leave Act.
More detailed instructions are available on the back of the form on which you make your application.

A negative decision regarding deferment can be appealed against at the Higher Education Appeals Board.