Administration och information

Admission

  • Admission to higher education is regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance ch 7 as well as in regulations from the Swedish National agency for Higher Education. (HSVFS 1996:21 (Swedish only), HSVFS 1996:22 (Swedish only), HSVFS 2005:2 (Swedish only) och HSVFS 1999:1 (Swedish only))
     
  • Universities and higher education institutions are obligated to establish Admission regulations where implementation of regulations regarding application, eligibility, selection and admission as well as the procedure for decision-making and appeal is described. (The Higher Education Ordinance 6 ch 3 para)
     
  • Those who have been allocated a place on a course or study programme should begin their studies the term the admission concerns. (Admission regulations for first cycle and second cycle courses and study programmes) If there are extenuating circumstances a higher education institution may decide in individual cases that a student accepted onto an undergraduate or Master's degree course may defer the commencement of their studies. (The Higher Education Ordinance 7 ch 33 para)
     
  • If there are extenuating circumstances a higher education institution may also decide in individual cases that a student accepted onto an undergraduate or Master's degree course may continue with their studies following a period of interruption (The Higher Education Ordinance 7 ch 33 para). Notify the department responsible for the course and state the reason for the study interruption. An individual evaluation is made in every case and you may be granted leave to return or not. If you not are granted leave to return to your studies, information about how to appeal against this decision shall be included with the decision. Anyone not notifying interruption to studies in advance may continue to study on his or her return if a place is available on the course or study programme (Admission regulations for first cycle and second cycle courses and study programmes)
     
  • Reasons for study deferrals and study interruption may be, according to the provisions of the Swedish Council for Higher Education “social, medical or other special circumstances such as caring for a child, national service or civil defence duties or student union duties”. (UHRFS 2013:3 (Swedish only)).
     
  • If you lack the formal eligibility requirements for admission there is a possibility to claim recognition for prior learning if you meet the general entry requirements for first-cycle undergraduate education and/or specific entry requirements "by virtue of practical experience or by some other circumstance have the potential to benefit from the course or study programme." (Admission regulations for first cycle and second cycle courses and study programmesThe Higher Education Ordinance 7 ch 5, 8, 24, 25 para)
     
  • Universities and Higher Education Institutions are according to the Higher Education Ordinance obligated to assess applications of recognition of prior learning. Decisions regarding recognition or prior learning can be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board. (The Higher Education Ordinance 12 ch 2 para)

Content and Condition of the Education

Students may have opinions about the content or the condition of their education regarding aspects which are not regulated. Examples from this category are performance by the professors, inferior standard of/irrelevant/outdated course literature, workload on course or the amount of course literature students are obliged to read during a course, pedagogy related to seminars and lectures as well as teacher directed learning. Even if these aspects not are regulated you can always turn to the Students Ombudsmen for further support.

Student Governance

  • According to the Higher Education Act, students have the right to influence their education. The University is obligated to take appropriate measures to engage students to actively take part in developing and improving their education. (The Higher Education Act 1 ch 4a para)
     
  • The rules and steering documents concerning education or the situation of the students must be accessible for all students. (Policy and Guidelines for Student Governance at Stockholm University (Swedish only))
     
  • Students have the right to be represented when the University makes decisions that are of importance for the education and for the situation of the students. (The Higher Education Act 2 ch 7 para)
     
  • The Student Union is responsible for electing and discharging student representatives. (The Higher Education Act 1 ch 7 para with reference to The Ordinance on Student Unions) 
     
  • For assignments in decision-making bodies, such as Faculty Boards or Department Boards, honorary shall be given to student representatives. Closer direction of the honoraries is resolved in a specific order. Doctoral students may receive prolongation for commissions of trust according to rules found in the rulebook at Stockholm University – book 2. (Policy and Guidelines for Student Governance at Stockholm University (Swedish only))
     
  • In case a department or a faculty lack a Student- Doctoral- or Faculty Council the contact person in charge should together with the Student Union actively work for such a Council to launched. (Policy and Guidelines for Student Governance at Stockholm University (Swedish only))
     
  • For more information about Student Governance contact the Student Governance Officers at the Student Union.

Course Evaluations

Course and Programme Syllabi

For each course there should be a course syllabus, and for each programme a programme syllabus. (The Higher Education Ordinance 6 ch 14-17 para and Regler för utbildning och examination på grundnivå och avancerad nivå vid Stockholms universitet (Swedish only))

The course syllabus must be determined and available for students at least one month before the last day of application for the course. (Regler för utbildning och examination på grundnivå och avancerad nivå vid Stockholms universitet (Swedish only))

Course syllabi at Stockholm University should be designed in accordance with the templates in the education database SISU and contain the following:

  • Course level
  • Number of credits
  • Intended course learning outcomes
  • Prerequisites and special admittance requirements
  • Forms of examination
  • The name of the course in Swedish and English
  • Course content
  • Grade scale used in the course
  • Information about whether the course is divided into modules
  • Date of approval of the syllabus, and when it was last updated
  • Transitional regulations (Regler för utbildning och examination på grundnivå och avancerad nivå vid Stockholms universitet (Swedish only))
  • Whether a student who is close to a passing grade (i.e., received a grade of Fx) has the possibility to perform a supplementary assignment instead of retaking the examination
  • Limitations regarding how many times you can retake a failed exam or redo an internship
  • Whether the faculty/department specifies a time period during which students are permitted to retake an examination
  • How often examinations should be taken on each individual course/part of a course and how this is affected if a course/part of a course is discontinued or revised (Regler för utbildning och examination på grundnivå och avancerad nivå vid Stockholms universitet)

For courses containing essays, degree projects etc. the following must also be included in the syllabus:

  • the minimum amount of a supervisor's time to which students are entitled
  • the fundamental assessment criteria to be used for grading
  • the circumstances in which the student has the option of changing to a different supervisor or examiner
  • any possible consequences for students who do not complete their essays during the course

Disciplinary matters

Disciplinary measures can be taken against students who:

  • with forbidden means of assistance or in any other way try to deceive in exams or when another study achievement is to be evaluated
     
  • disturb or prevent instruction, exams or other activities within the framework of education at the university
     
  • disturb or prevent activities in the university library or on any other special premises at the university (See ch 10 § 1 in the Higher Education Ordinance)

Disciplinary measures must be taken no longer than two years after the offence has been committed. Being subject to disciplinary measures can result in a warning from the Disciplinary Council or suspension from studying at Stockholm University for up to 6 months.

Note that certain forms of cheating, for example forgery of documents or false certification, fall under the penal code and can thus lead to criminal charges.

For more information on how the Student Ombudsmen can help you if you are accused of cheating or plagiarism, see this blog post from 2011.

Examination

Study Environment

The conditions for the study environment for students are foremost governed by the Work Environment Act. Students are according to this law equal to jobholders. (The Work Environment Act 1 ch 3 para p.1)

Physical environment 

  • According to the Work Environment Act technical equipment, premises, and studies should be designed in ways that do not expose students to risks of ill-health or accidents. This implies more specifically that work conditions must be adapted to students differing physical capabilities. Physical capabilities refer i.e. to students who have difficulties referring availability but can also direct to the fact that the University has omitted to obtain necessary equipment and this default cause students to be injured. (The Work Environment Act 2 ch)
     
  • The University has a general obligation to systematically plan, direct and inspect activities in a manner which ensures that the study environment meets the prescribed legal requirements for a good work environment. To the extent required by the activity, the University shall furthermore document the work environment and measures adopted with respect thereto. Action plans shall be drawn up in this regard. (The Work Environment Act 3 ch 2a para)
     
  • A good work environment can be accomplished by several measures. Student Safety Representatives participate in safety rounds and take part in planning of changes concerning the study environment. Their mission is to inspect and report if the study environment is fair or not. Student Safety Representatives have the right to request access to important documents regarding the study environment and can also demand inspection of study environment areas. The representatives are appointed by either the Student Union or by the students themselves. The Student Union and the University have a joint responsibility to offer the proper education for the representatives. (The Work Environment Act 6 ch 18 para)
     
  • International students in Sweden are insured through Kammarkollegiet. The insurance provides foreign students cover for medical expenses. It also contains a certain amount of accident cover in the form of a fixed amount in conjunction with disability or death, as well as liability and legal expenses cover. It applies twenty-four hours a day in Sweden. You can read more about the insurance here.

Psychosocial environment

If you experience victimization or bullying you can report the incident to a teacher you have confidence for, this teacher will then help you to take necessary actions. You can also receive support and assistance by the Student Ombudsmen at the Student Union. 

Equality

  • The legislation on discrimination protects students against discrimination and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, transgender identity or expression, religion or other beliefs, age or disability. It also protects against sexual harassment. (The Discrimination Act 1 ch 4 para, 2 ch 5 para)
     
  • In cases where a student has experienced discrimination or harassment he/she can report the incident to the Coordinator for equal treatment of students at the University or a teacher. Bound by its obligation to take measures in case of discrimination or harassment, the University must then investigate the matter further. (The Discrimination Act 1 ch 4 para, 2 ch 7 para) 
     
  • The University must have an Equal Treatment Plan. (The Discrimination Act 3 ch 16 para)
     
  • The contact person at each department responsible for issues concerning equality must, together with the Student Union, actively work towards having at least one student as a Student Equal Opportunities Ombud at the department. The Student Union and the departments are jointly responsible for providing the proper education for the representatives. (Policy and Guidelines for Student Governance at Stockholm University (Swedish only))
     
  • To able the same opportunity to study for students with disabilities as other students, the University is responsible for taking reasonable measures to adjust the accessibility of the premises.(The Discrimination Act 1 ch 4 para, 2 ch 5 para)
     
  • Students with disabilities are entitled to special and appropriate supporting measures during their studies and examination. (Study with a disability) The Coordinators for Students with Disabilities are responsible for investigating the need for support and for arranging the proper supporting measures. (Regulations for Examination at Stockholm UniversitySupport for students with disabilities)
     
  • The aim at Stockholm University is that deaf, hearing-impaired and deaf blind students all should be able to participate in their studies on the same terms as other students. Interpreter can be offered to anything which is related to the studies. (Plan for accessibility (Swedish only), The Unit for Interpretation of Education (Swedish only))
     
  • A student who informs the course coordinator in advance that he or she cannot participate in examinations or other compulsory elements of the course on specific dates or times for religious reasons shall be offered equivalent examination alternatives. (Regulations for Examination at Stockholm UniversityPlan for the Equal Rights and Opportunities)
     
  • In a dispute concerning discrimination in court a student can be represented by the Equality Ombudsman. (The Discrimination Act 6 ch 2 para) 
     
  • Students who feel that they have been harassed or discriminated against can always contact the Student Ombudsmen

Theses and Degree Projects

In addition to the information that every syllabus must include, a thesis or degree project course need to also include in the syllabus:

  • the minimum amount of a supervisor's time to which students are entitled
  • the fundamental assessment criteria to be used for grading
  • the circumstances in which the student has the option of changing to a different supervisor or examiner
  • any possible consequences for students who do not complete their essays during the course (Regulations for examination at Stockholm University)

Grades cannot be appealed, but students can request a given grade to be reviewed (The Higher Education Ordinance 12 ch 2 and 4 para).  For more information, see the section Examination.

Transfer of grades