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Information for applicants within Sweden or other EU-countries

Information for applicants outside the EU

Information for applicants outside the EU

Application period

January 15th - February 15th.


The following programs are open to applicants from outside the EU:

  • Pastoral program for Ordination to the Priesthood
  • Pedagogical program - Religious Educator


Students with citizenship in countries not within the EU/EEA or Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees for university studies in Sweden. The fee at University College Stockholm is 40 000 SEK per year.

There is also a service fee of 1 200 SEK / semester for all students. The service fee covers refreshments, insurance, administration, and some materials. Course literature is not covered, and is the students own responsibility.

In addition, there is a fee of 650 SEK / month for meals at the seminary.

Students who live at the seminary also pay a fee of 1000 SEK - 4500 SEK / month (depending on the type of room).


Students can apply for a scholarship that covers tuition and boarding fees for their studies. More information.


If you do not meet the following requirements your application will be rejected:

  • Completed upper secondary (high school) education (post-16). More information.
  • The ability to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor's level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. More information.

Before you apply

Seek the advice of your priest and others whom you trust to help you discern whether seminary is the path for you. Keep in mind that we will expect a blessing from your bishop, as well as a recommendation from your parish priest.

Apply as early as possible.

Request transcripts and letters of recommendation early.

Make a copy of your application, and ask references to keep copies of their letters of recommendation.

How to apply

1. Fill out our online application form.

2. Send the following documents to us:

  • A Letter of recommendation from your spiritual father.
  • A Letter of recognition from the ordaining bishop

 (only required for the pastoral program).
  • A Letter of motivation describing why you want to study at Sankt Ignatios.
  • Grades and certificates from earlier studies, translated to English.

Send the documents to:

Sankt Ignatios

Mälaregatan 4

15171 Södertälje


or by e-mail to:



Interviews are required as part of the application process. Eligible applicants will be contacted after the application period is over to arrange an interview.


The Admissions Committee will evaluate complete applications after February 15th and will inform applicants of their decision at the beginning of March. After being accepted into one of our programs, applicants need to apply for a residence permit in Sweden.

Residence Permit

A residence permit in Sweden is necessary in order to study at Sankt Ignatios.

The applicant is responsible for his or her own application for residence permit. More information.

Read the instructions and prepare your documentation carefully. The application process takes about three to four months, after which time a decision will be communicated to the applicant.

The residence permit must be supplied to us before an applicant can begin his or her studies, and before an applicant can be fully granted a scholarship.


Please note that acceptance to, and completion of a seminary program does not constitute a guarantee of ordination in any Church. Only ecclesiastical authorities have the power to decide if a person should be ordained.


For questions regarding applications, contact Daniel Öhrvall.