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Deferment of studies

Students admitted to an undergraduate programme, master's programme or a freestanding course may be granted deferment of the start of their studies if there are specific grounds. The majority of courses and programmes at KTH start once a year. Deferment of studies is therefore normally granted for one year.

Grounds for deferment of studies

Deferment of studies may be granted if there are specific grounds. Such specific grounds may be social, medical or other grounds, such as:

  • care of child
  • mandatory military service
  • denied leave of absence for studies from your employer

Deferment of studies is not granted for reasons concerning housing/accommodation or your current economic situation.

If you are obliged to pay tuition fees, you must pay the first instalment of tuition fees before the deadline in order for your application to be assessed.

How to apply for deferment of studies

Submit a written application where you explain the grounds for deferment of studies. You must also submit supporting documents, such as for example a medical certificate or a certificate from your employer. Send your application to info@kth.se . Write ”Deferment of studies” in the subject line.

If you are unable to send us your application via e-mail, it is possible to send a hard copy to KTH Admissions Office, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.

The decision on deferment will be sent to the e-mail address you used when applying for deferment.

If you have been granted deferment

If you wish to keep your place in the programme or course and start your studies, you need to re-apply for the programme or course for which you have been granted deferment on University Admissions  no later than 15 January. Upload the decision on granted deferment along with your application. If you do not re-apply or fail to upload the decision to your application, you will lose your place in the programme or course.

In order to be exempted from paying the application fee, you need to contact the KTH Admissions office on info@kth.se . This must be done as soon as possible after the application has been submitted, and no later than 15 January 2021. Kindly note that the exemption only applies for the programme or course which your deferment decision refers to. If you apply to more or other programmes or courses, you are required to pay the application fee in order for you application to be processed.

If you have not been granted deferment

If your application for deferment has been denied, the decision can be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board. The appeal must reach KTH within three weeks from the day the decision regarding deferment was received.

The appeal must be done in writing. It shall clearly state which decision you appeal and how, in your view, the decision should be changed. The letter should include why you think the decision should be changed, your address, telephone number, and email address, and should be signed.

The appeal should be sent to info@kth.se . Write ”Appeal for deferment of studies” in the subject line.

If you are unable to send us your appeal via e-mail, it is possible to send a hard copy to KTH Admissions Office, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.