Information about the Study System
Each academic year is divided into
two semesters. The Autumn semester runs from August to
January and the Spring semester runs from January to June. At the
Faculty of Law at Stockholm University each semester is
divided into two periods, period A and B.
The Swedish credit system is based on 1,5
Higher Education Credits (HEC) for each week of full-time
studies (approx. 40 hours). This means that a course of ten
weeks equals 15 ECTS credits. 30 ECTS credits per semester
or 60 HEC/ECTS credits per academic year are considered
Swedish grading scale consists of four levels: AB (Very
Good), Ba (Good), B (Satisfactory) and U (Fail). In some
courses the grading scale is A-F. The
exchange students also receive their grades specified in
accordance with the ECTS grading scale consisting of seven
levels (A, B, C, D, E, F – FX) in accordance with the
formula designed by the European Commission.
courses offered by the Faculty of Law are 15 ECTS credits
which means a study period of 10 weeks. The students must
sit examinations at the end of each course and there is
always a possibility to a re-examination if you fail. In
general students may choose one course for each period
unless the home university has other requirements.
Please note that once
you have passed an exam you are not allowed to re-sit in
order to obtain a higher grade.
course has its own individual schedule. The schedules are
always published at the web page of the course as soon as
they are ready. If you have questions about the schedule and
the contents of the course, please contact the course
administrator (name and contact details are to be found in
the course catalogue and on the website).
Most foreign students will attend courses of at the
highest 30-35 students. The teaching method is problem based
oriented/socratic. No more than 6-8 class hours per week are
scheduled. Preparations before classes are therefore
important. The students are assumed to be active
participants in class. Further instructions are given in the
guidelines of the respective courses.
After completion of your studies at Stockholm University an
Official Transcript of Records will be sent to your home
address with a copy to your university. The transcript will
be sent as soon as all the results have been reported which
usually takes about 3 weeks after the last exam.