Student rights

It’s not always easy to keep track of what rights you have as a student. Here follows a selection of the rights you have. Your rights are regulated partly by laws and regulations, and partly by local regulations at Stockholm University.

Student Governance

Students have the right to influence their education. All students are participants in the university’s activities, and as such also have a responsibility to influence and improve the education. As a student, you have the right to be represented in decision-making and deliberation that have an impact on the education or the students’ situation. At every department, there should be a student council where you can get involved and pursue agendas relevant to your education.

Course Syllabus, Schedule and Literature

As a student, you always have the right to relevant information about the course before you begin your studies. The course syllabus should be laid down at least a month before the closing date for registration. Information about course literature, schedule and dates for tests and retests should be available at least a month before the course starts. The directives in the course syllabus are legally binding, just as laws and regulations.


As a rule, you have the right to undergo examination for a course or module at least five times. If you have received a passing grade at an examination, you cannot raise that grade. A passing grade cannot be changed to a failing grade at your request. After receiving two failing grades from the same teacher for a course or module, you have the right to request a new examiner, except for exceptional reasons. An exam should be corrected and graded within three weeks after the examination is held, and at least two weeks before the retest. You cannot appeal a grade, but you can request a reexamination for a correction of your grade. You have the right to a justification of your grade from the examiner, verbally or in writing.

Course Evaluations

After a completed course, you should be given the option to comment on the course through an evaluation. It is important that as many as possible complete the evaluation, as it gives the department guidance as to what has been good about the course and what might need to be changed. The results of the course evaluation, and the possible actions taken following these results, should be easily accessible to the students. The formation and follow-up of the course evaluation is done in consultation with the student representatives. Students have the right to evaluate a course anonymously.

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