The academic year is divided into two twenty-week semesters: Autumn Semester (end of August/beginning of September to mid-January) and Spring Semester (mid-January to the beginning of June).

A full-time student is expected to complete 30 credits per semester.

The three undergraduate levels are divided into course parts. Most departments, including the Dept. of Political Science, expect students to complete these course parts in sequence. The number of credits constituting a course part is related to the estimated workload required: 1.5 credits is equivalent to one week of full-time study (40 hours). Hence, a course of 7.5 credits requires five weeks of full-time studies.

At the Department of Political Science the semester is divided into 4 periods of 5 weeks each, corresponding to one course part of 7.5 credits.

Semester/term dates at Stockholm University