Academic Workload and Calendar

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

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. 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, see 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 DU: the spring semester and the autumn semester. A number of public holidays also play a part in the academic calendar.

See our webpage Dates and Times: Semesters (Terms) and Public Holidays for more details.

Non-Completion of Studies


If you do not complete a course you are registered in, you must send written notification to an administrative officer.

There are two types of non-completion:

1. Early non-completion - within the first three weeks of the course start
2. Late non-completion - later than three weeks after the course start

With early non-completion, you may reapply to the same course at a later stage. With late non-completion, you must contact the department. If a place is available, you may re-register in the same course.


If you need to end your programme studies before graduation, you must inform the programme's student administrator in writing.

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