Courses and programmes are changed and cancelled, degree-awarding powers are taken away sometimes and students take leave from their studies. How do you complete your education when things like this happen?

If you've started your course or programme, in general you have the right to complete it. There are some exceptions to this rule and some situations where it isn't so easy to know what rules apply.

Finish where you started

In general, you have the right to finish your course or programme at the university or university college where you started it. A student does not have the right to finish a course or programme at another university, even if the course or progamme is also offered there.

If degree awarding powers are withdrawn

Sometimes a university or university college has their degree awarding powers for a specific degree programme withdrawn. If the university where you're studying has degree awarding powers withdrawn for the programme you're studying, you have the right to finish the programme. The university or university college can award a degree (qualification) for those who already had started the programme when the decision was made to withdraw degree awarding powers.

If degree awarding powers are taken away for your programme, contact your school/department for more information.

Read more in the Swedish Higher Education Act, chapter 1, section 14

Higher education institutions that are exceptions (non-public)

If you're studying at one of the following university colleges, you do not have a guarantee that you can complete your programme if degree-awarding powers are revoked:

  • Beckman's College of Design
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Ersta Sköndal University College
  • Gammelkroppa skogsskola
  • Johannelunds teologiska högskola
  • Jönköping University
  • The Newman Institute University College
  • Örebro School of Theology
  • Red Cross University College
  • Sophia Hemmet University
  • Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Stockholm School of Theology
  • All schools that only have permission to award degrees in psychotherapy

If you take a leave from your studies

If you have to take a leave from your studies for specific reasons during a course or programme you've already started, you can apply for an approved leave from studies with admission guarantee from the university or university college where you're studying.

When the time is approaching for you to start your studies again after a leave, be sure to contact your university in good time.

Read more about leave from studies

If your leave is not approved

If your university denies your request for an approved leave, you can appeal the decision with the Higher Education Appeals Board (Överklangandenämnden). Send your appeal to the university who made the decision but address it to Överklagandenämnden.

Read more about appeals at the Higher Education Appeals Board's website

If you take a longer leave from your studies

If you take a leave from your course or programme without requesting an approved leave from studies, and after a time wish to continue again, you should contact your university.

Expulsion from studies: when you may not complete your course or programme

If a student is suffering from a mental illness, is abusing alcohol or narcotics or has been convicted of a serious crime, he or she can be expelled from studies. This means that the student may not continue their course or programme. A student can be expelled if there is a real risk that the student may harm another person or university property during their study time.

It's the Higher Education Expulsions Board (Högskolans avskiljandenämnd, HAN), that is responsible for all cases involving expulsion. The decisions of HAN can be appealed to a public administrative court.

A student that has been expelled can request HAN to re-evaluate their decision after 2 years.

Read more at the Higher Education Expulsions Board's website

Page last updated 2016-05-12