Each academic year is divided into two semesters. The autumn semester runs from August to January and the spring semester runs from January to June. At the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University, each semester is further divided into two periods, period A and B.

The Swedish credit system is based on 1,5 Higher Education Credits (HEC) for each week of full-time studies (approx. 40 hours). This means that a course spanning ten weeks is worth 15 ECTS credits. 30 ECTS credits per semester or 60 HEC/ECTS credits per academic year are considered full-time studies.


Incoming international students will be graded in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) where the grading scale is A-F (A, B, C, D, E, F – FX). The grading scale was designed by the European Commission to provide a common measure and facilitate the transfer of students and their grades between European higher education institutions.


The courses offered to international exchange students by the Faculty of Law are worth 15 ECTS credits which means a study period of 10 weeks.

The courses offered to international master students can vary between 7,5-30 ECTS.

Students must sit examinations at the end of each course and there is always a possibility to re-examination if you fail.

Please note that once you have passed an exam you are not allowed to re-sit in order to obtain a higher grade.

Each course has its own individual webpage where students can find schedule, reading lists and announcements regarding that specific courses. The schedules are published on the webpage of the course at the latest one month before the course starts.

If you have questions about the schedule and/or the contents of the course, please contact the course administrator. Their name and contact details are to be found on the course webpage.

Study Structure

Most foreign students will attend classes with a maximum of 30-35 students. The teaching method is problem-based/Socratic. No more than 6-8 class hours per week are scheduled. Preparations before classes are therefore important. The students are also expected to be active participants in class. Further instructions are given in the guidelines of the respective courses. All our courses have an attendance requirement of 80% of all classroom teaching.

Official transcript/Diploma

Exchange Students

After completion of your exchange studies at Stockholm University, and more specifically one month after your last results have been reported in our system, you will be able to create your own official digital transcript of records through our student portal.

SU being an environmentally friendly university, we do not issue hard copies unless your home university explicitly ask us for one.

Master Students

Diplomas/certificates are documents that indicate that the requirements are fulfilled for each qualification. Your certificate will show the title of your qualification (for example Master of Laws) as well as the courses that are included. Your certificate will be in both Swedish and English.

The diploma/certificate is issued upon request. For more information about how to apply, please see the Degree Office.

Grade Review

If you wish to request review of a grading decision, you should use the form attached to this page along with a copy of the exam or assignment that the grading decision in question is based on. As explained in the form, you must state the reasons for your request based on prescribed grading criteria and learning outcomes.

Please note:

  • All grade review requests are registered.
  • There is no time limit for when a request for grade review can be submitted, but we recommend that you contact your examiner as soon as possible.
  • Use the contact e-mail address for the course in question. You will find it on the course's webpage.
  • Form - request for grade correction (147 Kb)


Students who wish to appeal any decision made by the Department of Law may do within a time limit of 3 weeks from the date the student was communicated the decision. The appeal should be written in the form of a letter, where the student first clearly states the decision to be appealed, and then explains in details the reason why the decision should be changed. The letter should be addressed to the Swedish Higher Education Appeals Board but sent to the address below:

Kanslichef, Internationella kontoret, Juridiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 106 91 Stockholm.