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University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 37 000 students and 6 000 employees make the University a large and inspiring place to work and study, with a continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas.

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"Gothenburg University College" was established in 1891 with the help of private donations. The first classes were held by seven professors teaching seven subjects to twenty-one students, four of whom were women.


We have around 70 courses taught in English in a variety of fields. We also offer a three-year programme in Software engineering.

If you know Swedish there are a large number of programmes and individual courses to choose from.

We offer around 50 international two-year Master's programmes in the fields of Social Sciences, Science, Business, IT, Educational Science, Health, Arts, Music, Fine Art and Design and Crafts.

We also offer around 250 individual courses that are taught in English.

In Sweden, doctoral programmes imply four years of full-time studies. You apply for a doctoral position and are then employed by the University during your four years of study.


The broad-ranging research at the University of Gothenburg is innovative, characterised by multidisciplinary cooperation, closely linked to education and stands in close contact with society. Our 2700 researchers, teachers and doctoral students span from developmental biology and gender studies to logistics and marine mammals. The University’s list of renowned researchers includes Nobel Laureate in Medicine Arvid Carlsson (2000).


If you as a student have thoughts on what your studies are leading to and what opportunities there will be after graduation, you can turn to your Study Counsellor.

If you are a student at the School of Business, Economics and Law you can get career guidance if you contact the Career Service. Career Service acts as a link between business students and companies and provides activities such as business presentations, cv - examination and career coaching.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Are you an international student coming to Gothenburg? Nervous? Don't be! We will take care of you.

  • Residence permit
Visas, residence permits and personal identity number.
  • Welcome Programme
Join the University's Welcome Programme offered in the beginning of each semester.
  • Insurance
Have your insurances in order before coming to Sweden.
  • Student Buddies
You will not be alone. Students will help you get settled in Gothenburg.
  • Preparations
Housing, fees, studying with disabilities.
  • Swedish courses
Take the chance to learn Swedish. We offer free evening courses.
  • Plan your trip & arrival
Travel options, pick-up service and arrival.
  • Student Göteborg events
Entertainment, culture and events for all new students in Gothenburg.

Housing services

Rent a private room or live in a shared flat in a student residence. There are plenty of alternatives in Gothenburg for international students. But since the demand for housing is high, it is important that students are flexible and open to living in a student housing or a private home.

How you apply for housing depends on whether you are:

  • an exchange student (you are here via an exchange agreement)or
  • a degree-seeking student (you are here for free standing courses or a full programme).

Library services

The University Library aims to support research, education and advanced studies at the University of Gothenburg.

The Library offers:

  • High-quality information services and collections
  • A pleasant and creative study environment
  • Easy and effective access to electronic resources
  • Training in searching, evaluating and managing information

Gothenburg University Library is a public library and open to all.

ICT services

The majority of support issues can be resolved with a phone call, but if you require on-site assistance with, for example, printers, PCs or AV equipment, then a LITS technician will be sent out.

You can contact your local IT technician via Service Desk.

Medical services

You can turn to Akademihälsan with any health problems you may have during your studies. Akademihälsan is the students’ occupational health service. It acts as a complement to other health and medical services. It is free for students.

Student Life

Campus life

We offer a unique opportunity for students. Here you will study in the very heart of the city. We don't have a campus in the outskirts of the city; instead the whole city is our campus.

A click on the name of a campus will take you straight to a description. Click on the picture to see more photos of the facilities.

  • Campus Chalmers
  • Campus Haga
  • Campus Lindholmen
  • Campus Linné
  • Geovetarcenter
  • Handelshögskolan (School of Business, Economics and Law)
  • HDK and Valand
  • Humanisten (Faculty of Arts)
  • Mariestad
  • Medicinareberget (Sahlgrenska Academy)
  • Pedagogen (School of Education)
  • Steneby
  • Sven Lovén Center for Marine Sciences

Student clubs

University of Gothenburg has four student unions: Göta student, HHGS Handelshögskolan Student Union, SAKS Sahlgrenska Academy's Student Union and KonstKåren. Which student union you can belong to depends on your subject.

  • Göta Student
  • HHGS – Handelshögskolan Student Union
  • SAKS – Sahlgrenska Academy's Student Union
  • KonstKåren


The international accreditations EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB are international recognitions of quality of the School of Business, Economics and Law.

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