Academic Calendar and Workload

Dalarna University has two semesters, with a full-time course load being 30 credits per semester. A link to course and examination timetables can also be found here, as well as information about non-completion of studies and teaching formats.

Academic Workload

Dalarna University follows a 20-week semester calender. There is no official break between the autumn and spring semesters; however, there are normally no classes around Christmas and New Year.

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.

The semester dates listed below include the examination periods.

More information about examinations

Academic Calendar

Dates: Current Semester

Autumn Semester 2022 begins August 29, 2022 and ends January 15, 2023

Teaching Formats

Dalarna University 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. If you are registered in a course, you have the right to teaching and/or supervision during the time stated for the course. After that time, your right to teaching and/or supervision ends. Contact your teacher if you have questions about this.

For more detailed information about the education system at Swedish universities:

Study in Sweden - Higher Education in Sweden: The Basics

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 Dalarna University: the spring semester and the autumn semester. A number of public holidays also play a part in the academic calendar.

For more details about public holidays, see Contact and Visit Us

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