Study information

Students.Our aim is to provide students at Södertörn University with the best possible service and support, so this area of the website gathers practical information that we hope and believe you will find useful.

Do you want to know how to apply to higher education or when the semester starts? Do you need to contact the Student Health Service, or perhaps you are planning to become involved with a student organisation? Do you want to apply for a degree certificate but are unsure how to go about it? Many questions can arise during your studies; if you can't find the answer you need here, please contact one of our study guidance advisors or Student Support Services. They will be happy to help you.

Choose what you want to study at Södertörn University from our programmes and courses in our online prospectus.

Academic calendar and system

Academic calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters.


Autumn semester: 28 August 2017 – 14 January 2018
Spring semester: 15 January 2018 – 3 June 2018

Past semesters

Autumn semester: 29 August 2016 – 15 January 2017
Spring semester: 16 January 2016 – 4 June 2016

There are shorter teaching breaks during the academic year. These are indicated on the schedule for each course.

NOTE! For incoming international students there is an orientation before the semester start. Please contact for information about the orientation programme.


At Södertörn University each semester is divided into four periods. Each period lasts 5 weeks and at the end of each period there is an exam week.

Course levels

The different levels of university courses in Sweden are:

Bachelor's level  (first cycle)

  • Level A (introductory) - no prior studies or courses in the subject required
  • Level B (intermediate) - requires at least one semester of full-time academic courses in the subject
  • Level C (supplementary) - requires at least one year of acacemic courses in the subject

Master's level  (second cycle)
This requires at least one-and-a-half years of academic courses in the main field of study.

Bachelor's and Master's levels

A Bachelor's degree entails studying a main field of study. This starts with taking courses at level A in the first semester, at level B in the second semester, and ends with courses at level C in the third semester. It takes one-and-a half years of study to complete a main field of study. A Bachelor's degree takes approximately three years of full time study.

At second-cycle level, there are two degrees: a one-year and a two-year Master's degree. To enter a Master's programme you need to have a Bachelor's degree in the subject required. However, there are varying prerequisites if you wish to study independent courses at Master's level; it may not be necessary to have a Bachelor's degree as it may be sufficient to have passed enough courses at the correct level within the main field of study. Prerequisites are described in the list of courses.

Credit system

In Sweden, full-time students take 30 Swedish credits/30 ECTS credits per semester, or 60 Swedish/60 ECTS credits per year.

You may take more than this, but this will mean a heavy study load. Note also that Swedish students are normally expected to take only one course at a time (this means about 200-300 pages of reading a week).

Students will be given final grades according to the ECTS scale on all courses that are taught in English.

Academic culture

In Sweden, student-teacher relations are relatively informal. Teachers are addressed by their first names - there is no need to use either the term "Professor" or their surname. Most teachers strongly encourage student participation - in the form of questions and presentations - in class, and welcome questions out of class. An emphasis on discussion and group work makes it important to attend classes, especially seminars - and to be ready to discuss what one has prepared for the seminar. It is common for there to be only 2-6 lectures and seminars per week. Students are expected to spend a lot of time reading and preparing for the lectures on their own. In Sweden group assignments and presentations are very common, as well as final papers, instead of a written exam.