An academic year in Sweden and at Chalmers is divided into two semesters (autumn and spring), each lasting 20 weeks.
Each semester consists of two study periods. A study period consists of seven to nine study weeks and ends with an examination period. A number of self study days can also be part of a study period. There are also five re-sit examination periods distributed over the academic year.
Semester dates at Chalmers University of Technology:
- Spring semester 2021: Monday 18 January 2021 – Sunday 6 June 2021
- Autumn semester 2021: Monday 30 August 2021 – Sunday 16 January 2022
- Spring semester 2022: Monday 17 January 2022 – Sunday 5 June 2022
The main holiday is during summer, between the spring and autumn semesters, from early June to late August. All Swedish public holidays are free days for students. Usually there are short study breaks around Christmas (25 December) and Easter (it falls on a Sunday in March or April and the date varies every year). During these short periods that can last from few days to a couple of weeks, students might not have any lectures on campus but they would still have course work to do.
The normal workload for one semester amounts to 30 higher education credits, compatible with ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The academic year consists of 40 weeks of full-time studies corresponding to 60 higher education credits.