Student rights

UKÄ is tasked by law to monitor universities and university colleges. This means that we evaluate whether they follow applicable laws and regulations. If you suspect that a higher education institution has violated a law or regulation, you can report this to us.

Our legal supervision

The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) is a regulatory authority. This means that we review the compliance of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with the applicable rules and regulations in Sweden.

FAQ about students' legal rights

Questions and answers about student rights. You can also ask our legal experts.

Complaints about higher education institutions

The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) is a regulatory authority with oversight of public sector higher education institutions and with a focus on students’ rights. If you feel a higher education institution has violated a law or regulation related to higher education, you can file a complaint with us.

Appealing against specific decisions

It is possible to appeal against some of the decisions made by higher education institutions. The appeals are submitted to the Higher Education Appeals Board.

Laws and regulations

It is mainly the Higher Education Act and Higher Education Ordinance that govern the operations of higher education institutions in Sweden.

The role of other authorities

On occasions complaints are mistakenly made to the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) when they really should have been addressed to some other authority.