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Academic Matters

Course Framework

As a student in Sweden, you will be expected to take quite a lot of responsibility for your own learning with regards to pace and method. Unlike in many other university cultures, instructors here give students much flexibility in the way they learn in order to encourage creative, critical and independent thinking. Group work and presentations are quite common and your attendance is therefore important and expected throughout the duration of the course/session.   

Course Registration

After a student has completed the application process and been accepted, courses can be selected. In order to earn credits, each visiting student must be registered for the courses included in his or her study program. Course changes are allowed up until the published course-change deadlines. The School places no restrictions on the visiting student’s choice of study program provided it does not exceed 30 ECTS-credits per semester and provided prerequisite subject and language requirements are met. The study program should be acceptable to the student’s home institution.


In the Swedish system, the two passing grades are: Pass (G), meaning that the exam score greater than or equal to 50 percent, but less than 75 percent, and Pass with distinction (VG), meaning that the exam score is greater than or equal to 75 percent. A grade of Fail (U) is awarded when the exam score is less than 50 percent (no credits earned). Students who have failed an examination will, in most cases, be allowed to take supplementary examinations.

Visiting students will be awarded grades according to the both Swedish grading system as well as the ECTS grading system, as shown below:

The ECTS Credits and Grading Scale:

60 credits = 1 full academic year
30 credits = 1 semester
20 credits = 1 trimester



Swedish Grade

AExcellent -
outstanding performance with only minor errors
10VG (+)
BVery Good -
above the average standard but with some errors
CGood -
generally sound work with a number of notable errors

G (+)
DSatisfactory -
fair but with significant shortcomings
ESufficient -
performance meets the minimum criteria
10G (-)
FXFail -
some more work required to pass
FFail -
considerable further work is required to pass

* Average percentage of successful students achieving the grade

Transcript of Student Record

Upon completion of the individual study program, the International Office will issue a certificate and a transcript of record, listing all courses in which the student has been registered, as well as credits earned and course grades obtained. The transcript will be forwarded to the student´s home university.

Page Manager: Kajsa Gerdin|Last update: 6/29/2018

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