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Welcome to the Department of Social Anthropology!

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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.


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For information on how to get a University account, please see the checklist for new students at Stockholm University:

Checklist for students



On these pages we have gathered a lot of useful information to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible.


We use the learning platform Athena for communication between teachers and students. Log in to Athena with your university account. On the course page, you will find lesson planning and course material no later than a week before the start of the course.



We use the e-meeting service Zoom for lectures and seminars. It is free for students at Stockholm University.

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Study from home (tips and tools)


Exchange student information

Here you can find information about courses for exchange students, application process and information about cycles, credits and grades. 

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.

The following basic level (first cycle) courses are available for incoming exchange students.

The Department of Social Anthropology offers the following basic level (first cycle) courses for incoming exchange students.

Autumn term – basic level

Spring term – basic level

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.

More about credit system at Stockholm University

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).

More about the grading system at Stockholm University

Term dates

The academic year at Stockholm University starts in late August and ends in early June. The academic year is divided into two semesters, an autumn semester and a spring semester. The autumn semester starts at the end of August and continues until mid-January of the following year. The spring semester starts in January and finishes in the beginning of June.

More about term dates at Stockholm University 




Student support

During your studies a wide range of student support and services are available to you. Discover the library, the Academic Writing Service, special support measures for students with disabilities, and other resources.

Stockholm University provides special pedagogical support to students with long-term disabilities. The goal is to give all students the opportunity to study under equal conditions.

More about studying with a disability

Here you can find useful information if an emergency or crisis should occur.

In an emergency

Stockholm Student Health Services


Find us at Campus Frescati

The Department of Anthropology is located on floor 6 in the B-house (Södra huset) on Campus Frescati. Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Department of Anthropology is currently conducting online teaching and the Department is closed for visitors right now:




Student office
Study counsellor
Director of studies, bachelor's level
Director of studies, master's and PhD level
Director of studies, BA programme in global development
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