Exchange studies

Course mapping

It is essential that you understand how you should map your courses and plan your semester before you submit your exchange application. We hope you can get help from the information below and the illustration document.

Date and Time in Sweden

In different parts of the world, people use different ways to define date and time. In Sweden the ISO 8601 standard is used to define date and time. This means that, for instance, the date March 30, 2012 is defined as 2012-03-30 (YYYY-MM-DD). We also use the ISO 8601 standard to define the weeks of the year by numbers. The first week (w01) of the year is defined as the week containing January 4th 2012-01-04, and week 52/53 the last. The first day of the week is always a Monday.

Week numbers and course mapping

The period a course is offered is defined by its first week and last week. First week = the week when the course starts, last week = the week when the course finishes and usually when the exam takes place. For instance week 36 (w36) in 2012 is between September 3rd and September 9th. If you find information about a course in this course catalogue where it is stated that the course runs from w36-w40, this means that the course starts on September 3rd and ends on October 7th (a Sunday the year 2012).

Help mapping courses

Full time studies at Uppsala University is 30 credits (30 ECTS) / semester. Courses at Uppsala University are often given during 5 or 10 week periods (7.5 or 15 credits courses). Students at Uppsala University normally take their courses sequentially (one course after the other) rather than parallel. There are however exceptions! The following diagram illustrates a number of ways your semester may be planned:

  • Four 7.5 credit courses, each with a 5 week duration (100 % or full-time study load), one after the other
  • Two 15 credit courses, each with a 10 week duration (100 % or full-time study load), one after the other
  • Two 7.5 credit courses, each with a 5 week duration (100 % or full-time study load), one after the other, followed by two 7.5 credit courses, each with a 10 week duration (50% or part-time study load for each course) taken parallel.
  • Note that other combinations are possible!

Try and ensure that you have a 100% or full-time study load for the entire semester. A full-time study load is, as mentioned, defined as 1.5 credits credits per week. Can't work out your study load? Try the following formula:

(credits)/(weeks x 1.5) x 100 = % study load. If the figure you get is less than 100% the course you are interested in is likely designed to be taken in conjunction with another course.

You can also download this document: illustration on how to map your courses to help you with course mapping.