Incoming exchange students

Welcome to the Department of Social Anthropology! Here you can find information for incoming exchange students.

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The Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University is committed to a global and comparative perspective toward the diversity of social and cultural forms of the contemporary world. Its research encompasses all continents, and the interactions between them. It draws on the rich international anthropological research heritage, but is also engaged in a continuous renewal of that tradition, its thought and practices.


The Department of Social Anthropology participates in the exchange programme Erasmus as well as other agreements between universities. If you are interested in becoming an exchange student, you should turn to your home university for information regarding the application.

As an exchange student, you:

  • must be nominated by your home university.
  • will remain registered at your home university.
  • apply through the International coordinator at your home university.

Autumn and Spring semesters

Gender and Sexuality 7,5 ECTS (SA2021)

Autumn semesters

Current Debates in Social Anthropology 7,5 ECTS (SA3012)

This course deals with recent debates and research that is vital for understanding the current development of antrhopology. 


Courses offered by other departments

Sweden - Society and Everyday Life 15 ECTS (ETG180)

Environmental Communication 7,5 ECTS (MK3057)

Cultural Heritage: Aesthetics, Learning and Reflexivity 7,5 ECTS (HVK01G)

Swedish Geography 7,5 ECTS (KG1208)

Courses for international students at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Courses for international students at the Department of Latin American Studies


*A semester of full-time studies covers 30 ECTS. 


Please contact the international coordinator via for more information.


Sweden has adopted the Bologna system in line with other European countries. The qualifications you earn at Stockholm University will be easily understandable throughout Europe and the world. The national system of credits used in Sweden (”högskolepoäng”) is equivalent to credits measured in ECTS.

All courses and programmes are divided into three cycles

  • First cycle
    Bachelor’s Degree 180 credits
  • Second cycle
    Master’s Degree (2 years) 120 credits
  • Third cycle
    Doctoral/PhD Degree 240 credits

Credit system

A full-time workload is 30 credits per terms and 60 credits per a normal 40-week academic year. The system is compatible with ECTS credits.

The Academic Year contains two terms: Autumn term and Spring term. One term runs for 20 weeks. Each term is divided in four periods: A, B, C and D.

Term dates

Grading system

Stockholm University uses a seven-point grading scale related to the learning objects of the course, unless otherwise prescribed in the course syllabus.

The following grading scale is used:

Fail (F, FX), Sufficient (E), Satisfactory (D), Good (C), Very Good (B), Excellent (A).


Student services, accommodation, student unions, library, health centre, equal treatment, insurance, Swedish bank account – the Handbook will prepare you for your time as a student at Stockholm University.

Handbook for international students 2023 (404 Kb)


The academic year at Stockholm University starts in late August and ends in early June. The academic year is divided into two terms, an autumn term and a spring term.

Term dates



Student life

There are many aspects of student life. You may want to engage in social activities, find housing, visit Studenthuset, discover favourite places to study and learn where to do sports and exercise at student-friendly prices. Find out more about these things below.

Stockholm University rents and manages furnished rooms and apartments which are owned by other landlords in Stockholm. These are available to international students at Stockholm University.

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In Studenthuset at the Frescati campus you will find Infocenter and a wide range of student services and support. There are also places to study, a café run by the Student Union and a lot more to discover.

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Up to 770 places to study (study desks) are available at different locations within the Frescati area for the University’s students.

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