Courses in Economics at Stockholm University

At Stockholm University the subject of Economics is divided between different departments: the Department of Economics (Economics) and Stockholm Business School (Business/Finance). Exchange students accepted by the Department of Economics at Stockholm University have thus been accepted to study Economics, not Business/Finance.

Study system – ECTS and hp

Courses in English are offered at Intermediate level and Master's Programme level.
All available courses at Intermediate and Master's Programme levels yield 7.5 credits each. 4 courses equal full-time studies and students are recommended not to take more than 30 credits per term.

The Swedish higher education credit system is fully integrated into ECTS, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. One Swedish higher education credit (sometimes called credit, HE credit or hp) is equivalent to one ECTS credit.

Academic year - Stockholm University

Please discuss in advance with the International coordinator at your home university which courses you should take at the Department of Economics. Also make a list of alternative courses in case a course is cancelled or you lack the required prerequisites.

Courses at other departments

Exchange students at the Department of Economics will be expected to take at least 3 of 4 courses at the department. If there are no courses during a certain period that you can take, please contact the International coordinator to ask if you could take a course at another department. Please note that other departments are not obliged to take on exchange students from the Department of Economics.

Eligibility at the Department of Economics

For Intermediate level you are required to have at least 30 credits in Economics at basic level. Please note that some courses may also have additional prerequisites.

The requirement for exchange students who want to study at the Master Programme level is the equivalent of a Bachelor degree in Economics (180 credits in total, with at least 90 credits in Economics - and 90 credits in other subjects). Please note that some courses may also have additional prerequisites.

Exchange students who have been nominated for studies at Intermediate level cannot take courses at Master level. Exchange students who have been nominated for studies at Master´s level may take courses at Intermediate level.

Some courses may collide with each other, especially if you are planning to take courses at both Intermediate and Master´s level. Students are thus advised to check the schedules once published to check which courses can be combined and which courses collide.

How to apply

If you have been nominated for exchange studies at the Department of Economics you will receive a course application form by e-mail. The course application form should be returned by e-mail to by the deadline stated on it. You should also send a transcript of records listing previous studies.

Exchange students studying at the Department of Economics during the whole academic year will receive a second course application form for the spring term, in November/December.

Courses at the Department of Economics

Swedish language courses

Swedish language courses are offered free of charge for exchange students.

It is advisable to check with your coordinator at your home university whether you can receive credits for Swedish language courses on return home.