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Study planning

Published: 12 November 2012

Overall Planning Issues

Work Effort and Points

The scope of the education is stated according to a scoring system. Full-time studies during a normal study year of 40 weeks correspond to 60 higher education credits. One-week full-time studies correspond to 40 hours of study time. It is important that scoring is based on a reasonable assessment of the expected time spent on planning courses and course elements.

Giving Assignments

Delivery of various tasks and assignment in courses must take place in good time such that the student has a reasonable opportunity to complete the assignment and receive feedback on it before the examination opportunity. It is important that the scope of the data complies with the expected time and points.


Students with documented reading and writing difficulties or other disabilities have opportunities for pedagogical support during their studies. Student Services is the responsible body for coordinating support for students with disabilities. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Student Services himself/herself to gain access to such support. It is also the student's responsibility to inform, for example, teachers, examiners, exam administration and study counselors about their disability. This is in accordance with the decision "Guidelines for Handling Special Educational Support in the Event of Disability".


The schedule for a course must be available on Luleå University of Technology's website no later than ten working days before the start of the course. Schedule changes after this time should not occur if the change is not due to purely course administration reasons or unless it is to create better conditions for student learning. In order for the schedule to be completed within the specified time, it is the department's responsibility to submit the required schedule data within the deadline. Changes to the schedule after the course start can take place after consultation with the course participants. Changes to the schedule are notified immediately. For each schedule change, the person responsible for the course must inform the students.

The examiner and/or the teacher responsible for the course must take into account and respect the module schedule, examination periods and joint scheduled activities when planning and scheduling teacher-led lessons. Module planning of courses must be available no later than ten working days before the closing date for the course and programme.

Study and Vocational Guidance

In order to support and facilitate the individual student's study planning, the university must have a well-functioning study guidance where the student is given the opportunity to talk about different education choices and discuss possible alternative paths to different degrees.

The Student's Individual Study Planning

The Student's Responsibility

The student is responsible for the planning of his/her studies and his/her own knowledge development. Study planning can be done with the support of, for example, study counselors, educational leaders, examiners and other teachers. This includes that:

  • The student is required to register for the course at the start of the course.
  • The student is responsible for registering for a specialization in a timely manner, in the cases where the programme allows specializations.
  • The student is responsible for registering for examinations no later than the last day of application.
  • The student is responsible for their own individual study planning.
  • The student is obliged to keep him or herself informed of issues concerning studies by regularly reading his or her student e-mail and taking part in the course and programme information available in Mitt LTU, on the university's website learning platform.
  • The student is responsible for being up to date with regard to his or her programme plan and the order in which to take courses.

Withdrawal from Courses

There are two types of withdrawal from courses: early withdrawal which takes place within three weeks after the course has started and late withdrawal which take places later than three weeks after the start of the course. Early withdrawal can be made by the student himself via Mitt LTU. Withdrawal later than three weeks after the start of the course are communicated in writing via form on the Student Website.

Withdrawal from the Programme

Students intending to withdraw from studies prematurely, i.e., to withdraw from studies before graduation, shall report this in writing to the study counselor in the programme in which the student is active. The withdrawal is counted from the day the registration is made in the study documentation system Ladok.

Leave of Absence

Students can continue their studies after an approved leave of absence if there are special reasons. Special reasons include social, medical or other special circumstances such as childcare, military service or civil service as well as student union assignments. Military basic training must be in accordance with the Ordinance on Military Basic Training (2015:613). Special reasons may also include time-limited probationary employment under section 12 of the Ordinance (2012:332) on certain defense-force appointments or service in the Armed Forces for anyone who is employed as a reserve group commander, soldier or seaman according to this Act.

The student is guaranteed the right to return to the program after an approved leave of absence. Before returning to studies, the student is responsible for monitoring and following the instructions stated in the decision. Application for a leave of absence must be made in writing through forms available on the university's Student Website. The decision whether a student may continue his/her studies after the leave of absence must indicate the length of the absence.

If a student leaves his studies without approval, the student is considered to have withdrawn from studies. A student who does not follow the application procedure risks losing his/her opportunity to continue his/her studies at the time the student wishes. The possibility of continuing their studies is only allowed in cases where there is an available seat.