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Studying distance education requires you as a student to take on the responsibility of complying with the instructions, rules and deadlines set for your programme or course. You have to plan and manage your time to keep the study pace required to meet deadlines, co-ordinate with your fellow students in the various course modules and for meetings and examinations at set times.


You apply to our distance programmes or courses the same way you apply for programmes or courses on campus, through

We offer four distance learning programmes and a small selection of courses.

  • Robotics and Automation, 120 HE credits
  • Robotics and Automation, 60 HE credits
  • Child and Youth Studies, Master's Programme, 120 HE credits
  • Child and Youth Studies, Master's Programme, 60 HE credits

Find more information and details on each programme or course at

If you are admitted to a distance course

Once you have accepted the admission offer, you must register for studies otherwise you will lose your place. Find more information on our Before start of studies web page.

We use the learning management system Canvas as a tool for communication between lecturers and students and most communication and information is provided through this system or your student mail. In Canvas, you will find syllabus, compulsory modules, exams and study schedule presented and other useful information on your programme or course. University West does cooperate with other universities and when a programme or course is given together with another university, a different tool may be used.

Examinations can be given either by home examination, written assignment, seminars in e-classroom, or, in some cases, at campus or at a local study centre. Written assignments are handed in via Canvas and not by e-mail. Rules and schedules for examination is provided by assigned lecturer.

As a distance learner you can have your books sent to your home address. Find more information on our Library – distance studies web page

How it works – studying distance education

Compulsory modules

Please note that there are modules tied to a certain date, for instance supervision, compulsory online meetings or various examinations. There are courses which require you to attend one or more sessions on campus in Trollhättan while other courses are completely web-based.

Recorded lectures

As a distance student you take part of recorded lectures via Canvas. If a programme or course is given together with another university a different tool may be used. The recordings are usually generated in a studio on campus or from classroom lectures. Open Education Resources (OER) may also be used.


Zoom is a web-based conferencing system with full audio, video and screen sharing capabilities. When you connect to a ZOOM-meeting you should use a headset to avoid audio feedback. If possible, set up and test your audio devices 15-20 minutes before the start of the meeting. This also gives you time to take part of the lecturer’s instructions etc. How to connect to a ZOOM-meeting


University West also offers meetings using Skype for Business. You can download the software to your computer or use Skype for Business Web App to join a meeting.

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Updated by Kristin Ellington