Examinations and grades

At Södertörn University, you will encounter different kinds of exams. Some are given as written final exams, others as written assignments, essays or projects. They can also be oral, such as individual or group presentations at seminars.

Attendance at seminars or lectures may be compulsory. In this case, absence need to be compensated by extra work. Generally, students are strongly encouraged to attend all lectures and seminars. Students who fail an examination the first time may re-take the exam at a later date.


For courses taught in Swedish, a three-point grading scale is used:

Pass with distinction (VG), Pass (G) or Fail (U)

For courses taught in English, a six-point grading scale is used:

  • A - Excellent
  • B - Very Good
  • C - Good
  • D - Satisfactory
  • E - Sufficient
  • F - Fail

Credits are awarded only when the course has been successfully completed.


Cheating in exams is strictly forbidden. If any student is caught cheating, a special investigation is carried out and may lead to suspension from the university. Plagiarism (copying part of assignment from a book or website) results in severe repercussions.

Academic culture

In Sweden, student-teacher relations are relatively informal. Teachers are addressed by their first names - there is no need to use either a surname or the title of Professor. 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 are final hand-in assignments instead of an written exam.


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