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Field Study in Geoscience

The course begins with preparatory reading and exercises which are done at home and at your own pace during the summer. The course ends with a 7-day field study.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

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  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Geological formations on the shore of Lake Vättern
Geological formations on the shore of Lake Vättern. Photo by Alasdair Skelton

During the field study, we will learn how to use our geoscientific skills to unravel the climate of the past. We will be studying spectacular Neoproterozoic rocks and fossils on the shores of Lake Vättern and on Visingsö which are unique in Sweden. We will also explore how tectonic movements and glacial processes have shaped the spectacular landscape of this, one of the most picturesque parts of Sweden. Based on data collected during the field study, we will build a geological history of Lake Vättern from the Neoproterozoic to modern times. 2021: The excursion date has been changed to 22–29 August.

Course period spring 2021: The course is held in the summer term. It ends with a 7-day field study from August 22 to 29 (incorrect study period in the right column).

Spring term 21 | The location for the Field Study in Geoscience has been changed from Islay (Scotland) to Vättern (Sweden). This is because of the ongoing pandemic and associated travel restrictions. The excursion dates have also changed. This is for weather-related reasons. The excursion will start in Stockholm on August 22 (morning) and end in Stockholm on August 29 (afternoon). Accommodation will be provided for the entire excursion. If students from outside Sweden are unable to get to Sweden because of travel restrictions, or if we are required to do so because of other restrictions, we will broadcast the entire excursion via Zoom. Please note that students who also intend to read Tellus III – Physical Geography should the first excursion for this course which will be held from August 14 to August 19.

  • Contact

    Alasdair SkeltonProfessor of Geochemistry and petrology
    Alasdair Skelton
    +46 (0)8 16 47 50 | Room: R425