A-Z - worth knowing for international students

Academic year
See how the academic year and the semesters are scheduled with study weeks, self-study weeks, examination periods, re-examination periods and holidays. And also when you can sign up for examinations and re-examinations in Student Portal.
Academic year


Students who have been awarded a degree at a university are called alumni. As a former Chalmers student, you can join the Chalmers Alumni Association which organizes festivities, lectures and other interesting events where you have the opportunity of meeting former fellow students.

As a student, you have the right to appeal the following kinds of decisions:
– decisions about credits
– decisions about an applicant not fulfilling the prerequisites to be enrolled in a programme
– refusal of a request to have a new examiner appointed
– refusal of a request to obtain a degree certificate.

Bank account
The Swedish bank SEB has a special offer for students who wish to open a bank account during the exchange. Please read more here.

CID code
CID (Chalmers ID) is your username and password, making it possible for you to use thecomputer resources. You receive your password from a scratch card, which you'll receive at the initial enrolment.

To be able to use the student computers you need a computer account, which you'll receive at the initial enrolment. 

Course evaluation
After each course a short survey will be sent to the students in order to ensure good quality. Please answer all your course evaluations. 

Deferring the beginning of your studies
Contact your coordinator if you are unable to come to the enrollment. 

Degree certificate
Exchange students are not eligible for degree diplomas. Final transcripts are issued twice a year and will be sent directly to the student and the home university. 

Disciplinary rules
The rules of discipline exist to promote quality, the equal value of all students, good behaviour, and a good study environment. The rules stipulate the behaviour and actions which can lead to disciplinary measures, and how offences and other unsatisfactory states of affairs are dealt with. 

Dropping out of studies
If you wish to quit your studies, you should contact your coordinator who will accept your notification and provide you with information. You will also get the opportunity to discuss your study situation.

English language classes
At Chalmers you can strengthen you English proficiency by taking English language classes. Optional courses in language and communication

European Credit Transfer System
ECTS grades are not given at Chalmers. 1 credit at Chalmers corresponds to 1 ECTS.

After each course or part of a course you will be tested of your knowledge. Written examination is most common, but there are also oral examinations, project work, laboratory work and essay writing. Signing up for examinations in Student Portal in due time is compulsory.

Fysiken Sport Centre
Fysiken is a fitness organisation owned by the students. Fysiken offers a wide range of activities, for instance aerobics, ball games, dancing, gyms and weight lifting, yoga, outdoor activities, various courses and physiotherapy. Bring your receipt from the student union in order to get your discount. For information and location, visit www.fysiken.nu


The grades assigned at Chalmers are defined as Three, Four or Five. A higher figure signifies a better grade. The grade Three is the lowest pass grade. As well as the numbered scale, the scale Passed/Not passed is sometimes used. No overall grade is given for a degree and students are not ranked.

Key card
The key card that you receive when you begin your studies at Chalmers is your key to the buildings and computer rooms, library and so on. You receive your key card at the initial enrolment and it gives you access to the premises 24 hours a day. Please return the card by the end of your studies. 

Ladok is the name of the student record database where all details concerning the studies are registered. According to Swedish law, all information in Ladok is public.

Master’s thesis
Sometimes it is possible for exchange students to do thesis work at Chalmers. Contact a relevant department and describe your background and the project you wish to undertake in order to arrange this.

Medical healthcare

Depending on what kind of student you are, the way to seek medical care can differ.

Medical healthcare

Personal identity number
In Sweden every citizen has a personal identity number, a “personnummer”. This number is used in nearly all official transactions, such as in banks, pharmacies or hospitals. At Chalmers, you will get at temporary personal number which is recognized at Chalmers only.

Ping Pong
The learning platform Ping Pong allows you to download course material and communicate with the professor and participants in the course. When your coordinator registers your courses, you will automatically have access to the Ping Pong page. 

Public transportation
Please visit www.vasttrafik.se/en/ for more information on how to travel in Gothenburg and its surroundings, the ticket system and timetables.

The registration indicates that you intend to pursue your studies during the current semester and is necessary for participation in lectures and examinations. You have to be registered for a course to be able to take the exam.

If you don't pass the regular examination, you have the opportunity to take a re-examination. Signing up for re-examination in the Student Portal in due time is compulsory.

Some exchange students are eligible to apply for the Adlebert Hospitality Foundation.
Scholarships for enrolled students

Student union

At Chalmers it is compulsory for students to join the Student Union. To become a member you pay a fee directly to the staff in the Student Union building. Upon payment you will receive a membership card which can be used for student discounts. Read more about the Student Union on their website www.chs.chalmers.se

Published: Wed 08 Feb 2017.