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Academic Workload

If you are studying full-time in Sweden, then you will take courses each semester that equal 30 credits. Each course has a syllabus providing information about how many credits that specific course is worth.

Most courses are taught concurrently (two or more at a time), while some are taught consecutively (one at a time). The number of classroom hours per week depends on how many courses you are taking: regardless, the overall expected student workload (teaching support, private study, assessment, etc.) will always be about 40 hours per week.

Final examinations are held after each course and not at the end of the semester.

Teaching Formats

DU combines tradition with technology to offer its students flexibility and quality.

  • Labs: lab exercises in small groups to provide students with practice and hands-on experience in what is being taught in class.
  • Lectures: for large and small student groups in our modern lecture halls that allow for streaming of lectures to web-based students.
  • Online Education: Dalarna University has invetsed greatly in online education and can offer students a complete online learning environment. Dalarna University has its own wiki, while streaming of campus lectures is standard.
  • Seminars: for smaller groups so as to encourage and allow for quality interaction between students and teachers.
  • Thesis Supervision: regular individual meetings between student and teacher to discuss the progress of thesis work.

For more detailed information about the education system at Swedish universities, see Study in Sweden - Higher Education in Sweden: The Basics.

Course and Examination Schedules

We use a programme TimeEdit to schedule courses and examinations. Often, these schedules are not finalised until quite close to the start of the semester.

Academic Calendar by Semester

In Sweden, the academic calendar has two semesters (in Swedish termin):

  • The autumn semester (hösttermin = ht) that starts late August and ends mid-January.
  • The spring semester (vårtermin = vt) that starts mid-January and ends early June.

There are two main semesters at DU: the spring semester and the autumn semester. A number of public holidays also play a part in the academic calendar: here you can see the Swedish names and their English translations as well as the dates they fall on.

Future Semesters

Autumn Semester 2017

Begins August 28, 2017 and ends January 14, 2018

Spring Semester 2018

Begins January 15, 2018 and ends June 3, 2018

Autumn Semester 2018

Begins September 3, 2018 and ends January 20, 2019

Spring Semester 2019

Begins January 21, 2019 and ends June 9, 2019

Previous Semesters

For reasons of funding and documentation, you may require the specific dates of previous semesters:

Autumn Semester 2016

Begins August 29, 2016 and ends January 15, 2017

Academic Year 2015/2016

Autumn Semester 2015: August 31, 2015 - January 17, 2016*
Spring Semester 2016: January 18, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Academic Year 2014/2015

Autumn Semester 2014: September 1, 2014 - January 18, 2015*
Spring Semester 2015: January 19, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Academic Year 2013/2014

Autumn Semester 2013: August 26, 2013 - January 19, 2014*
Spring Semester 2014: January 20, 2014 - June 8, 2014

Academic Year 2012/2013

Autumn Semester 2012: September 3, 2012 - January 20, 2013*
Spring Semester 2013: January 21, 2013 - June 9, 2013

Public Holidays by Semester

For detailed information about Swedish traditions, visit the official site of Sweden: Celebrating the Swedish Way.

Autumn Semester 2017

November 4 : Alla Helgons Dag (All Saints' Day)
December 24: Julafton (Christmas Eve)
December 25: Juldagen (Christmas Day)
December 26: Annandag jul (Boxing Day)
December 31: Nyårsafton (New Year's Eve)

January 1, 2018: Nyårsdagen (New Year's Day)
January 6, 2018: Trettondagen (Epiphany)

Spring Semester 2018

March 30: Långfredagen (Good Friday)
April 1: Påskdagen (Easter Sunday)
April 2: Annandag påsk (Easter Monday)
April 30: Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Night): note, an evening event
May 1: Första maj (May Day)
May 10: Kristihimmelsfärdsdag (Ascension Day)
June 6: Nationaldagen (The National Day of Sweden)
June 22: Midsommarafton (Midsummer Eve)
June 23: Midsommardagen (Midsummer Day)


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