Exchange students have access to the courses listed in the catalogue(s) below, as long as they meet the prerequisites and there are places available. The course selection is a part of the application form.
Planning your studies
The Swedish academic semester is divided into four consecutive study periods based on weeks. The weeks are numbered in chronological order, ranging from January 1 (week 1) to 31 December (week 52).
For example: the first study period of the autumn semester 2017 (Aug 28 - Oct 3) is "Autumn Week 35 (2017) - 39 (2017)" and the first study period of the spring semester 2018 (Jan 15 - Feb 18) is "Spring week 03 (2018) - 07 (2018)".
Make sure that the courses you select are spread out over the whole semester. Most courses are studied one at a time consecutively, not simultaneously. The courses can vary in length from 7.5 to 30 ECTS credits and run over one or several study periods. Normally a student takes a full-time course of 7.5 ECTS credits for five weeks, and writes the exam at the end of that period. When the course is completed the student continues with the next course for five weeks or more.
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. Also, please have a look at the examples of how to plan you courses.
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.
How do I select courses?
The courses are selected in the application form. Please follow the links above to find the course catalogue for exchange students. Use the code to find and select the right courses in the application.
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.