Software Technology Programme 180 credits
Welcome to Linnaeus University
Welcome to the English version of Software Technology 180 credits at the Faculty of Technology.
My name is Tobias Andersson Gidlund and I am Programme Director for the Bachelor's programme in Software Technology at Linnaeus University in Växjö. In what follows, I will give you brief information related to your bachelor's studies. You can also visit our web page for further information about the programme.
If you are not an EU citizen or already have a residence permit in Sweden, you need to apply for a visa. In order to get a visa, you must contact the Swedish embassy in your home country. The administrative process associated with visa applications is often very slow. Hopefully, you already know this and have started the process. If not, apply for a visa immediately! The university is not involved in the visa process, so unfortunately we cannot help you with that.
You need a place to stay (accommodation) when you arrive in Växjö. Getting student accommodation can be difficult, especially if you wait too long. Hence, start looking for accommodation immediately! You should already have received information about this from the admission office. The university helps fee-paying students find accommodation. For the rest of you, the student union give some help finding accommodation, see https://linnek.se/eng/bostadsportal/
Study period (required in visa applications)
28 August 2023 to 7 June 2026.
General information about preparations
Please visit: https://lnu.se/en/student/new-student/
On this page, you will also find information about how to get a student account in order to register and log in to different online services provided by the university. Registration is necessary in order to start the education to which you have been accepted.
Programme startThe official mandatory introductory meeting for the programme is Monday 28 August in Växjö. It is at this meeting that you confirm your place in the program. Please note that you are required to notify us (see academic contact below) if you cannot attend this meeting. Also, note that your first lecture is in the morning before the program start meeting!
New students admitted to Linnaeus University must register by the official start of the semester at the latest, to keep the study place. Students studying on site must be on campus by the official start of the semester. Please note that no exceptions can be made.
There will be orientation days for all international students the week before the semester starts. The International Relations office will give more information on this.
As you are well aware, the prerequisite for the programme is a degree from a secondary-level school and good knowledge of Mathematics and English. All education is in English and one of the two courses that you will start studying is in Mathematics. If you don't pass these courses, you will probably have difficulties in passing upcoming courses as well, and if you don’t pass all courses at some time during the first year you might not be allowed to continue with your studies in the programme since most courses have prior courses as prerequisites. To avoid this from happening, I urge you to repeat and train your skills in Mathematics and English, starting today!
We do not have any specific requirements for computer skills (especially not in programming), but we expect you to know how to use a computer for ordinary day-to-day activities like writing documents, sending e-mails, finding information on the Internet, etc. If you have never done any programming, you might find the first year challenging. We do start from the beginning, but the pace of the courses is quite high.
To increase your chances of success, I, therefore, encourage you to start learning some programming on your own during the summer. There are many online courses and tutorials you can use. The first programming course is on Python, so look for that. Here are some examples:
We strongly recommend that you have your own laptop during your education. The reason for this is that it is very difficult to get a good personal development environment on shared computers and the development environment you will be working in will be an important part of your education. There are computers on campus if you do not have your own computer, but in the long run, it's not a good solution for you. It does not have to be an extremely high spec. laptop. More memory and a faster processor are more important than high video quality.
To communicate with the course management, socialize with other classmates and carry out presentations etc. we often use the web service "Slack". Here you also have an excellent opportunity to get all the help you need at the start of your studies no matter what time of day. Sign in as soon as you got your university account! To log in, you need to create a new account at Slack with your email address associated with your university user account.
During your first semester (August 2023–January 2024) you will study four courses:
- 1DV501 Introduction to programming, 7,5 hp (timetable will be added here later)
- 1MA441 Basic Mathematics for Computer Scientists, 7,5 hp (timetable will be added here later)
- 1DV700 Computer Security, 7,5 hp (timetable will be added here later)
- 1DV510 Technical Information and Communication, 7,5 hp (timetable will be added here later)
Please note that schedules might not be complete until close to the course start. Check the online timetables regularly for changes, also once you have already started on the courses.The course syllabus contains detailed information about the content, expected learning outcomes and course literature for each course. Please visit: Course and programme syllabi
Sometimes there is a need to change the literature after the syllabus has been decided. For that reason, it is always a good idea to check that the information in the syllabus is correct before buying any books. You do that either by checking the information in the course room in MyMoodle (the learning management system used for most courses) or by contacting the teacher of the course. Course rooms open at the latest one week before a course start.
The programme gives you qualifications for a variety of professions. Examples of jobs that this education may lead to are programmer, network administrator and security consultant, in small as well as large companies. The IT world is global, so work abroad may be just as likely as work in Sweden.
For more information please contact Career Center.
For more information please contact
• Academic contact: e-mail: Tobias.Andersson.Gidlund@lnu.se, telephone: 0470-70 88 51
Moodle room for the programme: NGDPV-Växjö-Campus-100%
Slack channel for the programme: #softwaretechnologyprogramme
• Administrative contact (concerning admission, tuition fees etc): Admission office, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Student Co-ordinator: email@example.com
• Linnaeus University: +46 772 28 80 00
Looking forward to seeing you this autumn!
Tobias Andersson Gidlund, Programme Coordinator