Exchange students have access to all courses taught in English at Örebro University, as long as they meet the prerequisites and there are places available. You have to send in your course selection together with your application for admission.
How to see what date a course is given
In Sweden we divide the calendar/months into weeks where every week has its number. When you look at a course description the date when the course is given during the semester is expressed in weeks, for example "Autumn week 51-02". Here your can see what date this corresponds to:
Autumn semester 2016:
Weeks 35-39 (Aug 29-Oct 2, 2016), weeks 40-44 (Oct 3-Nov 6, 2016), weeks 45-49 (Nov 7-Dec 11, 2016) and 50-02 (Dec 12, 2016-Jan 14, 2017).
Spring semester 2017:
Weeks 03-07 (Jan 16-Feb 19, 2017), weeks 08-12 (Feb 20-Mar 26, 2017), weeks 13-17 (March 27-April 30, 2017) and weeks 18-22 (May 1-June 4, 2017).
What is full-time studies?
The normal study load for one semester is 30 ECTS credits, but you are allowed to register for a maximum of 45 ECTS credits. 1.5 ECTS credits is equivalent to a full-time week of studies. This includes lectures, seminars, group assignments and individual study.
What is different in the Swedish course system compared to other systems?
Most courses are studied one at a time consecutively, not simultaneously . The courses can vary in length from 7.5, 15 to 30 ECTS credits. Normally a student takes a full-time course of 7.5 ECTS credits for five weeks, and the examination is within that time. When the course is completed the student continues with the next course for five weeks.
How do I select courses?
You will select your courses in the online application form. Make sure that the courses you select are spread out over the whole semester. In each course description on our website, the calendar week numbers indicates the period during which a course is running. In the online application you can also look for what courses that are given in a particular period of weeks by selecting "remarks" as a filter for each course choice. Please see the visual explanation of the Swedish course system and view some examples of how to plan you studies.
It is not recommended to take two full-time courses at the same time as that will be a very heavy workload. However, it is possible to study two parallel part-time courses at the same time. It is also possible to study a full-time course and a part-time course concurrently.
Study levels and prerequisites
Higher education in Sweden is divided into three cycles according to the Bolognaprocess: first cycle, second cycle and third level. The courses offered in English for our exchange students are at first level and second level (also named Master level). The level and prerequisites of each course state how many credits the student is required to have achieved in the subject before being admitted to the course. The prerequisites should be carefully considered when selecting a course.
What grading scale is used?
All exchange students will get the regular Swedish grades and in addition also grades according to the ECTS grading scale:
Only passing grades will show on the students’ transcript of records, not failed ones.