The Swedish academic system may seem confusing at a first glance. This is a good place to start in your search for information about studying in Sweden is to learn some basics about how the academic system here works.
Courses are credited in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Courses are assigned a number of credits depending on the workload students need in order to achieve the expected learning outcomes.
1.5 ECTS credits are equivalent to one week’s workload of 40 hours, including lectures, classes, contact hours, assignments and independent study. This means that a course which is allocated 15 ECTS credits has a workload requirement of approximately ten weeks full-time work including examinations.
The ECTS protocol allocates 60 credits to a full academic year’s work, and 30 credits to a semester’s work.
In most faculties and disciplines the grades awarded are:
VG = Pass with distinction
G = Pass
U = Fail
In engineering departments, the following scale may be used:
5 = Pass with great distinction
4 = Pass with distinction
3 = Pass
U = Fail
Please note that only Swedish grades are given to students. Karlstad University does not translate grades into other grading scales.
Transcript of records
Transcript of records are not sent out automatically at the end of your exchange. You can print it out from “My Page”. It is valid as an official transcript and at the bottom of the page there is a link and a code, which your university can use in case they would like to verify it. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them for your transcript of records, once you know that all your grades are reported into the system.
The academic year is split into autumn and spring semesters. The majority of courses and study programmes start in the autumn. The autumn semester starts in August and continues until January of the following year. The spring semester starts in January and finishes in June. Introduction week is held one week before the official start of the semester.