During your studies

Are you currently studying at The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies?

Here we have compiled useful information for your studies and your student life.


Here is a collection of links to study support systems and the most important IT services for students at Stockholm University.

At our department we use the learing platform Athena where you can find information about your course(s), schedules, literature lists and eximination details. Login to Athena with your university account.
You can also use Athena through a mobile app available for both iOS and Android. Please note that the app is called "itslearning".

Install app for Athena (for teachers and students)

Ladok for Students

In Ladok for students you will find record of current and completed education. You can also registrer for exams in Ladok.

Ladok login


As a student you can easily see your course(s) schedule by login with your university account. Please note that the schedule is preliminary and is subject to change. When you are logged in, click on "My assembled schedule".


If you are a not yet registered student (or if you have problems logging in) you can always access the schedule by searching for the course in TimeEdit.

For other IT-services and support at Stockholm University:
IT for students


The department applies several different examination forms. Below you will find a summary of these. Information on a particular module's examination form is always described in the current course description and in the syllabus which you will find in Athena.

The most common examination forms are:

Written examination (Salstentamen)

You need to register for a written exam in advance. You do this in Ladok for students.  Choose the course and "Register for the exam".

Note that you always must bring a valid ID card to written exams.

Oral examination (Muntlig tentamen)

Some modules in courses have an oral examination as part of the examination. You also need to register for the oral examination, in the same way as for a written examination.

Take-home examination (Hemtentamen)

You do not need to register for a take-home examination. All take-home exams are downloaded at Athena or Exia, and must then also be submitted there, at the appointed time. See the course description or ask your teacher for the applicable platform.

Make sure to read the instructions for submission carefully so that no unnecessary mistakes occur. When submitting a take-home examination, you should always receive an automatically generated reply email to your webmail confirming the submission.

Written assignment (Inlämningsuppgift)

Written assignments work to a large extent as a take-home examination. The difference that you often have significantly longer time to write and the questions you will answer are often more open than the ones in the take-home exam. Submissions are made, in the same way as for take-home exams, via Athena.

Regulations for written examinations

Rules for Written Exams at Stockholm University

Grading system

Grades are set for each module after completion of all examinations. To obtain a final grade on an entire course, a minimum grade of E is required on all modules with a seven-point scale, and a grade G on courses with a two-point scale.

The letter grades A-E are converted to the numbers 5-1 and are summed up to an average grade where you also weigh in the number of credits that each module comprises of in the total number of course credits. The grade for the entire course is thus set by a weighted average of the modules. Common rounding rules are applied. The principles for how this is done is specified in the course syllabus.


The department has produced a short series of formalia that is intended to serve as support during your studies. You can collect a printed version of the formalia series at the Student Office at Kräftriket, building 4A.

Students studying Arabic with Middle Eastern Studies can refer to the instructions below for translation and transcription of Arabic texts.

Transcription rules for Arabic (356 Kb)
Quoting and translating Arabic texts: Principles and Strategies (409 Kb)


The Student Councils are open for all students at Stockholm University and are created and run by students at Stockholm University covering wide range of interests. They are involved in decision-making and deliberation that have an impact on the education or the students’ situation.

At every department, there is a student council where you can get involved and pursue agendas relevant to your education. As a student at our department you are also a member of the Student Council SAMT (Studentråd för Asien-, Mellanöstern- och Turkietstudier).

The Student Council (SAMT) covers and plays an active part in the Department’s work and also has representatives on the Department’s Board.

You can contact SAMT by email:

For more information about the work of the Student Council and its activities, please see their Facebook page (In Swedish).


The Academic Writing Service provides English-language support for writing and study skills. We give talks and seminars and offer individual guidance. Our services are available free of charge to all students at Stockholm University.

The Academic Writing Service

Språkstudion is the place for you who studies, teaches, does research or is interested in other aspects of languages at Stockholm University. They offer material, media tools and environments for language practise, teaching, analysis, exams, recordings and other areas of language and linguistics.

Språkstudion also organises Language Cafe sessions where you get the opportunity to practise languages in an informal setting, together with other students and native speakers.



Stockholm University Library is an important resource for students. Here you can borrow and order course literature. The library also gives you access to scientific literature, journals and databases, in printed as well as digital format.

At the Libary there are experts who can teach you how to search, select and critically exam scientific resources for your essay or thesis. They also offer advice on how to write and manage references.

On Stockholm University Library's website you can find tutorials that are useful for your studies.

Stockholm University Library

Asia Library (Asienbiblioteket)

Employees and students of the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, ​​have access to the reading rooms and computers in the Asian Library, located at Kräftriket, buildning 21A.

The Asia Library offers 26 individual study spaces as well as a study room. Eight of these spaces have computers. All computers are equipped with word processing programs that can manage different alphabets and characters. Study spaces are offered primarily to students of our department.

The books at the Asia Library are divided by language into seven collections. Here you can find Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Arabic literature, as well as Asian literature written in western languages.

The library also has a Magazine and Newspaper Room which is open to staff and students Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Asia Library


Stockholm University provides special pedagogical support to students with disabilities.

Studying with a disability

To receive pedagogical support, please contact Stockholm University's student department well in advance at studentstod@su.se

Accessibility at Kräftriket

Unfortunately, our building is not wheelchair accessible and lacks elevators. The building is outfitted with two stairlifts, however, the second is a chairlift and requires the user to transfer from their wheelchair to the chairlift. If you use a wheelchair or for any reason need to use the stairlifts, please contact the The Student Councelor at the department.

Email: studievagledare.asien@su.se


Students are welcome to contact the study and career counsellors at the department responsible for a specific field of study.

The Directors of Studies and The Student Counselor can offer you a individual guidance and support in the process of making a well-founded decision about your studies and career.

Student councelor:
Margarita Shiraishi
Email: studievagledare.asien@su.se

Director of Studies (Japanese and Korean):
Hanna Kritz
Room 111, Kräftriket 4B
Phone: 08-16 27 22

Director of Studies (Chinese):
Johan Fresk
Room 107, Kräftriket 4B
Phone: 08-16 36 20

Director of Studies (Arabic, Middle Eastern and North African Studies):
Martin Säfström
Room 104, Kräftriket 4B
Phone: 08-16 29 43

Stockholm University's general study and career councelling

Stockholm University's general study and career counsellors are based in Studenthuset at the Frescati campus and can help you with information about studying at Stockholm University, such as programmes and courses available and eligibility requirements.

General study and career counselling

Stockholm University also has a career portal where you can be updated on relevant internships, jobs and find information on career events at Stockholm University.


In Studenthuset at Frescati you can find several units for student service, for instance study and career counselling, the Academic Writing Service, support for students with disabilities and the Admissions Office.

On the first floor you find the Student Services’ reception Infocenter. For international students the infocenter can be especially helpful during their first arrival days or weeks, for guidance concerning activation of university account, finding their way on campus etc. You can ask our Infocenter staff about anything concerning your studies, such as admissions, degrees and student support.

The bottom floor houses Stockholm University Student Union.

More information on services during your studies:
During your studies



Are you interested in doing a traineeship abroad? As a student at Stockholm University you can apply to internships in order to do a traineeship, write an essay or collect data in a country that is included in the Erasmus programme.

Erasmus+ and traineeship abroad

Scholarships and founding

The Scholarship Scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies.


For more information about fees and tuition for students who are citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland:

Tuition fees at Stockholm University

In case of an emergency

What you need to know in case of an emergency or accident at the university:

In an emergency


A defibrillator/cardiac starter is located in Kräftriket 4B. An easy instruction is attached in the defibrillator bag.



Student office

At the Student office you can register for courses (in cases where you can't register online), get study certificates and obtain help with other administrative matters concerning your studies.

Contact the student office by email or phone

Student Counselor and Directors of Studies

The Student Counselor and the Director of Studies of your subject will help you choose the right course, plan and carry out your studies, count and register your credits, take a break in your studies, get special support and provide information about the labour market.

Student Councelor
Director of Studies (Japanese and Korean Languages and Cultures)
Director of Studies (Chinese Language and Culture)
Director of Studies (Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures)
Director of Doctoral Studies

International coordinator for studies abroad

For questions regarding studies abroad within your education at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.

International coordinator for studies abroad
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