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Swedish academic system

The Swedish Parliament governs regulations and resource allocation for Swedish universities. Agencies involved in the higher education sector include the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

The academic year

The academic year is divided into two semesters – autumn semester from late August to mid January, and spring semester from mid January to June. Autumn semester is considered the start of the academic year and most programmes we offer start then. During the summer (June–August) we offer single-subject courses and in December there's a short winter break.

Full-time studies

One semester of full-time studies comprises 20 weeks and 30 Swedish higher education credits (30 ECTS). Full-time studies mean that a student is expected to spend 40 hours/week on studies including lectures, group work, seminars and independent studies.

Part-time studies

Part-time courses are offered in sections of 7.5 credits or 15 credits and usually run at half speed or less (50% or 25%) over a full semester to be easily combined with other part-time courses running parallel. We also offer 30 credit courses at half speed over two semesters. Check course descriptions carefully so that you know at what speed your courses run.

At Halmstad University, most of the programmes begin at the end of August.

Updated 2018-03-01