Centre for Languages and Literature

The Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


The course syllabus – your contract!

A course may be studied within the framework of a study programme or as a free-standing course, whereby the student combines different courses to form his/her own programme of study. The document which regulates the contents of the courses is called a course syllabus and it states the number of credits available on the course and its learning outcomes. It also names the programme of study of which the course can form a part. Moreover, it contains information about the main content of the course and the literature which belongs to it. The course syllabus can be said to be your study ’contract’. You can find a more detailed description of the applicable structure and examination of the course for the current semester in the course description.

IT-based tools

Several of SOL's Courses use so-called platforms as a tool for lecturers and students. Many lecturers use Luvit platforms, while others prefer to use a special platform linked to SOL's own website or the LiveLund platform and some lecturers prefer to work in other ways and do not use any platform at all. As there is so much variation between Courses, it is very important that you pay attention to the information provided by the lecturer in the first session of the course.

On the Student portal www.student.lu.se you can download a wide selection of software free of charge. The software comes from suppliers such as Microsoft, including Windows in several versions.


University studies are counted in credits. The normal study period for a full-time course (40 hrs/week) is one semester (30 higher education credits) or two semesters (60 higher education credits), which corresponds to 1.5 higher education credits per week. 1.5 higher education credits correspond to 1.5 credits according to the ECTS scale (European Credit Transfer System).


A variety of assessment forms are used: written examinations, oral examinations and home examinations.

At all written examinations it is important that you:

  • produce valid photo identification
  • always follow the instructions you are given
  • only use writing material (scrap paper, etc.) handed out by the invigilators – never use notes or paper you have brought with you
  • turn off your mobile phone and other technical equipment and put them in the place assigned by the invigilator.


  • If you arrive late to an examination, you have the right to begin the exam up to one hour after it has commenced. However, you are not granted any extra time at the end.
  • You are not allowed to leave the exam room earlier than one hour after the start of the exam.
  • You are not allowed to use aids such as dictionaries, vocabulary books, etc. if special instructions about these have not been given.
  • Remember that participating in an examination without valid photo identification is not permitted!

See also Cheating and plagiarism

Exam dates

Dates for exams are only shown for subjects. Choose "Subjects" in the top menu, choose your subject, choose "Course offerings" in the left menu, then click your course to get to the course home page. Once there, choose "Exam Schedule" to see the dates. Read more about assessment rules and how to register for exams here: www.sol.lu.se/en/education/exams/

Cheating and plagiarism

In accordance with Swedish law, measures can be taken against students who are found guilty of cheating and/or plagiarism. This means that the University has the right to bar individual students from all studies at Lund University for a shorter or longer period if it can be shown that the student has broken the following rules.

  • If you quote from books, other students’ texts, Internet texts, or similar, you MUST always clearly name the source. It is NEVER permitted to copy the texts of others directly and present them as one’s own!
  • In written examinations, home assignments and similar, always follow the instructions given as to aids allowed (often none at all!) and other information you are given by the invigilator and the teacher. See also under Assessment.


If you have any queries about specialised studies at advanced levels, different degrees and information in association with these, you are welcome to contact one of our study advisors (see Study Guidance at the Centre for Languages and Literature) or the Degree Office (examenstu.luse).

This information does not apply to exchange students!

Official Transcript of Records

If you require a certificate from your studies at Lund University, you are welcome to contact the Centre's reception or the subject's office.

Exchange studies

The exchange student coordinator within the Faculties of Humanities and Theology sits in Absalon House, ground floor, room A143. The Humanities International Office also deals with students from our Faculty who wish to study abroad. If you have any questions, send an email to internationalkansliht.luse or telephone 046 222 3424 or 046 222 8773.