Linköping University uses four grading systems, depending on the course or programme, and the grades you earn will be translated into credits in the ECTS system (the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Full-time studies usually require 40 hours of study per week. Lectures and seminars are most often held during the day, which is important to remember if you plan, for example, to have a job alongside your studies.
In the Swedish academic environment, the student-teacher relationship is quite informal and students are free to approach and question their teachers. It is also customary that you address your lecturers or teachers by their first name. As a student here you are expected to be independent in your work and take responsibility for the quality of your learning.
The academic year consists of two terms. The autumn term usually runs from the middle or end of August to mid-January and the spring term from mid-January to the beginning or middle of June. There is usually a study break for one or two weeks around Christmas. The lengths of other breaks, such as the Easter break, differ between different courses and programmes. Term dates for each faculty are available here.
Workload and instruction
Full-time studies usually require 40 hours of study per week, split between work in class and individual study. Classes and lectures are usually held during the day. You may find that several courses are given in parallel or they may be consecutive, depending on the faculty. Subjects may also be integrated into themes or blocks.
The extent and method of instruction differs between faculties, courses and programmes. Technical courses tend to have more scheduled hours, while courses within the social sciences and arts are more flexible.
Courses may include lectures with a large number of students, and smaller seminars in which you are expected to be active in discussions and express your own views on the subject. Laboratory work, excursions, study visits and independent project work are also a part of most courses.
Digital classrooms are used widely both for on-campus and distance programmes.
Credits and grading
One term of full-time studies equals 30 credits, and one academic year equals 60 credits. The exact number of credits you receive at the end of your studies, however, may differ. The grades received reflect not only your marks in the final examination, but also your participation in the course. Grades are translated into the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) when awarded. Linköping University uses four grading systems, depending on the course or programme. The chart below explains the grading systems.
All courses are subject to continuous assessment, written and/or oral, individually or in groups. Individually written exams are the most common form of assessment. However oral presentations, take-home exams, certain assignments and active participation in seminars and projects are also used to measure your performance in the course. For information on do's and dont's for exams, read the examination guide, which is found on the student pages.
Students on student life
Keely from Texas and Jesús from Spain, talk about what student life is like at LiU and in Sweden.