Plan your studies

Academic studies in Sweden

Being a student in Sweden can be somewhat challenging at first. You are expected to think independently, critically, analytically and to be responsible and plan your own work. Once you get the hang of it, you will see it all pays off in the end.

Linnaeus University is one of about 40 universities and university colleges in Sweden. At the national level, the Swedish Higher Education Authority is responsible for higher education and research. For further information please see

The Swedish educational system

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 semester (parallel scheduling).

The duration and extent of programmes and courses are expressed through the credit system used. One semester (20 weeks) of full-time studies corresponds to 30 credits or 30 ECTS/approximately 15 US semester credits. Single subject courses and modules are generally 7.5 credits each and usually run for five weeks. Full-time studies requires 40 hours of studies (including class time and own studies) per week.

A full-semester course consists of one semester (20 weeks) of full-time studies, divided into several modules. If you choose a full-semester course, you are required to follow the course and the modules exactly as listed in the course outline. Individual modules from different full-semester courses or programmes cannot be combined.

Programmes and courses

At most Swedish universities, students can choose between applying for study programmes, 30-credit full-semester courses or to make a combined application for several single subject courses.
Please note that in order to get residence permit, all international students from outside the EU / EEA or Switzerland are required to be full-time students (i.e. admitted to at least 30 credits per semester) during their stay at Linnaeus University.

The credit system

1.5 credits represent one week of completed full-time studies. They are more or less equal to 1.5 ECTS credits and approximately 0.75 US semester credits. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of full-time studies. The duration and extent of programmes and courses are expressed through the credit system. One semester of full-time studies corresponds to 30 credits or 30 ECTS / approximately 15 US semester credits. Individual courses are generally 7.5 credits (five-week courses in a single subject area) and run consecutively, not simultaneously. Full-time studies requires 40 hours of studies (including class time and own studies) per week.


All courses include written and / or oral examinations. As a rule, there are no final exams covering the entire semester's course work (i.e. grouping the modules together when enrolled in a 30-credit course) or covering an entire study programme. Four different grading scales are used at Linnaeus University. More information regarding these grading scales can be found under the heading "Grading scales" below. If you fail an examination, it may be possible to re-sit the examination later in the semester. The teacher will inform you of the re-examination date. Independent projects and short papers are other examination forms required in some fields of study. The work you have carried out is presented in a seminar where other students and the teacher critically evaluate your work. The grading system is similar to that of an examination.
Please note that if you want your course to be graded according to the ECTS grading system, you need to talk to the person responsible for the course before the course starts.

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct (i.e. using unauthorised tools in exams, using "crib sheets", or plagiarism) is strictly forbidden. If a student, whether Swedish or international, is suspected of academic misconduct, an investigation is carried out. The vice-chancellor decides, after having questioned the student, whether the case is to:
1. be dismissed with no further measures,
2. result in a warning
3. be referred to the disciplinary board for scrutiny.
Academic misconduct can result in you being given a warning or in your suspension from the university. Please note: academic misconduct is not socially acceptable among students!


As an international student, you can obtain a degree from Linnaeus University by following the required study plan for a particular degree. You can also combine credits from your home university with credits from Linnaeus University to meet degree requirements.

Grading scales