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Being a student at CSE

Considering The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is a joint department between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, some things are different from other departments. Below, we have gathered information specifically for you as a CSE student. 

As a student at University of Gothenburg you should visit the Student Portal. There you will find the e-services that you need access to and information about your studies as well as your everyday life as a student.

If you don't find what you are looking for on the Student Portal, among the information below or on the pages, reached in the menu to the left, please send an e-mail to student_office.cse@chalmers.se.

The academic year | Application to courses | CampusComputer accounts | Key cards | Language support | Libraries | Master Thesis | Registration | Student Union | Study Abroad

The academic year

The department follows Chalmers' academic year*. The academic year is divided into autumn term and spring term, which in turn is divided into four study periods (two each term). Each study period is followed by an examination period. During the year there are also five re-examination periods. During the re-examination period in August, there are re-examinations for most courses held during the year.

* Exception: Software Engineering and Management, Bachelor's Programme, which partially consists of courses shorter than 7,5 hec.

Application to courses

Before every term you need, in most cases (see exceptions below), to apply for the courses you want to take on universityadmissions.se. For autumn term courses you apply March 15 - April 15 and for spring term courses yopu apply Septmeber 15 - October 15.

Below we have listed cases that differ from the standard admissions procedure.

  • Applicants to programmes don't apply for courses before their first term. However, students admitted to Computer Science, Master's Programme choose courses for their first term. You find information on how to choose courses in the welcome letter.
  • Details on how to apply for the thesis-courses DIT550, DIT551, DIT555 and DIT560 are found under Master Thesis.
  • Some second cycle project-courses have special application procedures. Contact your programme manager for details on this.


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering conducts education on two different campuses: Campus Johanneberg and Campus Lindholmen. Computer Science, Bachelor's Programme (only in swedish), Computer Science, Master's Programme and Applied Data Science, master's Programme are mostly held at Campus Johanneberg. Software Engineering and Management, Bachelor's Programme,  Software Engineering, Master's Programme and Game Design and Technology, Master's programme are mostly held at Campus Lindholmen.

Map over Campus Johanneberg

Map over Campus Lindholmen

Find your way to the campuses

Computer accounts

As a student at the department you have two computer accounts: one Student Account at University of Gothenburg and one Chalmers ID.

You use the Student Account at GU to register on courses, sign up for examinations and see your study results. You are also expected to use the e-mail address connected to the account (gusxxxxxx@student.gu.se). The department send important information to this address. You can read more about your e-mail address here, and about the Student Account in general here.  

To be able to use Chalmers computers and computer systems you need another computer account, called Chalmers ID (CID). To receive your CID you need to be registered on your courses. You receive your CID login and password at the introduction day of your program. During the term you turn to Chalmers IT-support if you encounter problems with your CID.

Key cards

As a student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering you need both a GU card, to gain access to areas belonging to GU, and a key card for Chalmers areas. Programme students are informed on how to collect their key cards at the introduction day. Students taking single subject courses need to contact the student office to collect their key cards.

Language support

The Language Support at the IT Faculty is available to all students who are interested in improving their oral and written language skills in English or Swedish for academic purposes.


As a student at The Department of Computer Science and Engineering you have access to both Chalmers library and Gothenburg University library. To be able to use the libraries' services you need your library cards. On Chalmers library you get the card by visiting any of the connected libraries (bring photo-ID). At Gothenburg University library you apply for a card by filling in an application on their website.

Master Thesis

All the department's programmes end with thesis courses. On first cycle, our bachelor programmes that is, these courses are handled as usual with course homepages on GUL. On second cycle we have collected the information for our master thesis courses, the equivalent on Chalmers included, on the page Master Thesis CSE.


On most of the department's courses, each student needs to register on Ladok Online. This is done, at the latest, the day the course starts. If you are having trouble registering on a course, contact the Student Office.


If you have been registered on a course a previous term, but didn’t pass and want to take it again, you may apply for a re-registration. Re-registrations are only made if there are places available on the course, after all reserves have been offered places.

You apply for re-registration by sending an e-mail to student_office.cse@chalmers.se. For autumn term courses you may apply from August 1st and for spring term courses you may apply from January 1st. You may only apply for re-registration until the day the course starts. If there’s a place available for you on the course you will be re-registered by the student office and an e-mail regarding this will be sent to you, at the latest one week after course start.

Please note that you don’t need to be re-registered on a course to take a re-exam. Sign-up alternatives for written hall exams show up at Ladok Online, even if you are not registered the ongoing term. You can read more about examination sign-up, and when written hall re-examinations are held, on our Examination page. Re-takings of other examinations than written hall exams (like assignments and projects) will have to be arranged with the course’s examiner. The examiner’s contact information is visible on the course’s open GUL page.

Student Union

The Student Union is an organisation that drives issues regarding students' education and study social situation. It's voluntary to become a member of the Student Union. As a student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering you belong to the IT section at Göta Studentkår.

Study Abroad

As a student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering you have great opportunities to study at a foreign univerisity. The University of Gothenburg cooperates with universities all over the world. Of course, you can count the credits taken abroad into your degree. 

For more information, please contact Eirin Bakken (education@cse.gu.se) for studies in Europe and Kjell Malmgren (kjell.malmgren@gu.se) for studies outside of Europe.

Page Manager: Emilio Suarez Ardiles|Last update: 12/20/2017

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Utskriftsdatum: 2018-02-23