At Swedish universities, students usually study only one or two courses intensively at a time, followed by an exam for each course (consecutive scheduling), instead of studying several different courses simultaneously, with a midterm and a final exam for each course at the end of the term (parallel scheduling).
The duration and extent of courses and programmes are expressed through the credit system used. One semester (20 weeks) of full-time studies corresponds to 30 HEC (Higher Education Credits)/30 ECTS/approximately 15 US semester credits. Freestanding courses are generally 7.5 or 15 HEC each and usually run for five or ten weeks. Full-time studies requires 40 hours of studies (including class time and own studies) per week.
Courses and programmes
All exchange students are required to be full-time students (enrolled in at least 30 credits per semester) during their stay at Linnaeus University. Choose between applying for one full-semester 30-credit course or combine several freestanding courses. Courses and programmes are offered both at first (undergraduate) and second (master) cycle. Please visit the listing of courses ('Course listing') and programmes ('Programme listing') in the left menu for further information.
All courses and programmes have general and/or specific prerequisites (admission requirements) depending on the level of the course or programme. Please be sure to read the prerequisites carefully (you find them in the course and programme listings).
First level 1 - general prerequisites (completed upper secondary education), or specific prerequisites (previous knowledge in the subject equivalent to 30 HEC)
First level 2 - specific prerequisites (previous knowledge in the subject equivalent to 60 HEC)
Master level studies - specific prerequisites (a bachelor degree)
Please note that there might also be other prerequisites, such as a portfolio for design students.
The semesters are divided into four study periods, each comprising five weeks. Usually Swedish students study one course in each period. Depending on the amount of credits the course stretches over one or more periods. 1 week corresponds to 1.5 credits, so if your course is 7.5 credits, full-time, it stretches over 5 weeks, if the course is 15 credits, on full-time, it stretches over 10 weeks and so on. Please be aware that if the course is given on part-time it streches over a longer period of time. But, a 7.5 credit course on full-time demands 5 weeks of full-time studying, i.e. 40 hours a week. Therefore we do not recommend you to choose more than one full-time course in each period. But you could take two part-time courses parallell.
Full time studies
One semester: 20 weeks
Credits per semester: 30 credits (1 credit equals 1 ECTS or approximately 0.75 US credits) Credits per week: 1 week of full-time studies equals 1.5 credits Work load: 40 hours per week including lectures, group work, seminars, and independent studies
Part time studies
Some courses are offered as part-time courses. A full-time, 7.5-credit course takes 5 weeks to complete, while a part-time course might instead run over 10 weeks.
Classes might overlap for those students who make up their curriculum by freestanding courses. However, in most cases it is possible to take two courses concurrently. You should compare the schedules of each course you are taking at the beginning of the semester to determine whether classes overlap.