Studying in Göteborg, Sweden

Study Master's Degrees in Göteborg

Sweden

Göteborg at a glance

Gothenburg, Sweden, welcomes a large number of international students each year and some of the reasons why you should choose to study abroad in this great city are: the chance to enrol in top ranked universities that place innovative research at the bottom line of the education system, interdisciplinary and complex university programmes and students play an active role in teaching and learning. As Gothenburg has been ranked as one of the most inventive cities in the world by Forbes, the city is particularly appealing for students interested in technology and engineering fields. Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is situated by the Kattegat, in the west part of the country and about halfway between the capitals Copenhagen, Denmark, and Oslo, Norway.

Studying

Studying in Göteborg

In Gothenburg universities, most courses and programmes use English as language of instruction, so non-native English speakers are required either a TOEFL or an IELTS certificate. Usually only Bachelor courses are taught in Swedish and if you want to apply for one of the available programmes, TISUS (The Test in Swedish for University Studies) is the only eligible proof for Swedish proficiency.

After enrolment, international students can sign up for Swedish language courses within the language centres in the universities.

Apart from Bachelor and Master degrees, and PhD programmes, you may also apply to double Master’s degree courses, MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), professional and executive education programmes.

Choose a specialisation in disciplines like: languages, art, design, medicine, natural sciences, music, education, economics, law, MBA, engineering, project management, nanotechnology.

The main distance degree courses available are for subject areas like: European studies, health care, geography, environmental studies, Swedish language.

Career

Career opportunities in Göteborg

The economy of Gothenburg is rich and pretty diverse. Since the Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic countries, trade and shipping is one of the major sectors of the city. Other local important industries are: finance, shipbuilding, manufacturing, research.

Some of the top employers in Gothenburg are: Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Parker Hannifin, HP, AstraZeneca, SwedBank, Schenker, Ikea, Sodexo, Adecco, G4S Security Services.

Always check for online resources when you look for internship opportunities and you will always find places available in the field you’re interested in acquiring practical experience.

Life

Göteborg city life

The fascinating and intriguing Gothenburg blends Neoclassical architectural buildings with trendy clubs and world class restaurants. In Gothenburg, you can wander through several parks and green spaces, check fashion stores on the big and famous shopping alley, Avenyn boulevard, and admire fancy yachts from the port.

Visit some of the nicest attractions in Gothenburg:

  • Gothenburg Cathedral
  • The Göteborg City Museum
  • The Gothenburg city hall
  • Älvsborg Fortress
  • The Röhsska Museum
  • Skansen Kronan (Crown Keep) – a hilltop fortification
  • Universeum – public science centre
  • Haga district – gathers many lovely wooden houses

Other nice and unique places that are worth seeing are Fiskhallen, an indoor fish market, truly an attraction in itself, the Volvo museum and the Liseberg amusement park.

Relax or simply admire nature in parks like: Kungsparken, The Garden Society of Gothenburg, a park and a horticultural garden, Rya Skogs Naturreservat – a protected area.

Gothenburg has a pretty active night life, so have fun with your peers in the local bars, cafes and clubs.

Enjoy some of the many festivals held here, such as: The Gothenburg Film Festival, Way Out West, the annual Gothia Cup, the world's largest (in terms of number of participants) football tournament.

Anytime you feel like getting out of the city and exploring, you are only around three hours away from Linkoping, same distance away from Oslo in Norway and Copenhagen in Denmark.

International atmosphere in Göteborg

Gothenburg gathers a pretty diverse population, including minorities from: Iran, Iraq, Finland, Yugoslavia, Norway, African countries.

With a local prosperous economy, Gothenburg has been attracting several foreign investment projects, especially in the following fields: logistics, sales, ICT, life science and technology, with China as a large foreign investor in the area.

Weather Göteborg

While in Gothenburg, you will experience general milder temperatures throughout the year compared to other cities in Sweden. During the summer, daylight is present for around 18 hours, while in the winter you will only enjoy it for around 6 hours. Summers are warm and pleasant with average high temperatures of 19 – 20 °C (66 – 68 °F). Winters are cold and windy with highest temperatures of around 3 °C (37 °F), and snow that can occur from December to March.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Göteborg

The main housing choices in Gothenburg are:

1. Student residences – around 500 EUR/month.

2. Share a flat – between 500 and 900 EUR/month.

3. Hostel – rates start at 24 EUR/night for a private room.

Living costs in Göteborg

Gothenburg is a moderate expensive city to live in. Sometimes, you may have to make compromises in order to manage your monthly expenses. Depending on the type of the accommodation you choose, you would need somewhere between 500 and 900 EUR/month, and for the other expenditures, you would need a minimum sum of around 300 EUR/month to pay for: food bills, social activities, public transportation and books.

In Gothenburg, you can get reasonable street food for a price between 5 and 10 EUR (e.g. a pizza) and budget restaurants also serve meals for around 10 EUR. Food from the supermarket would lead to about 160 EUR/month. Travel pass for public transportation for students costs around 50 EUR/month. Keep in mind to always use the ISIC card in all the places they accept it (restaurants, museums, libraries and even stores) and you will benefit from substantial discounts.

Universities in Göteborg

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