Established in 1977, the university has expanded rapidly and currently comprises three faculties offering approximately 50 degree programmes and 500 elective courses.


Earlier than the more traditional universities and higher education institutions, we have adapted the programmes to the demands of the market and dared to try new types of teaching e g different forms of distance education. Today, Högskolan i Gävle is one of Sweden's leading higher education institutions when it comes to distance education.The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in the home town and still carry out academic studies.


Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the University. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. The University received has permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in both profile areas, Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (6)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Gävle!


Student services

At the Student Portal, you will find several web services that may be useful for you as a student.You can i.e.:

  • viewing your credits awarded
  • your schedule
  • your contact information
  • You can register on courses
  • create own transcript and more

Housing services

The municipality of Gävle offers incoming international students an accommodation guarantee. Register at Gavlegårdarna in order to receive queuing points. The longer you are registered, the more points you earn.You may also arrange accommodation through the Student Union or private housing. Importantly, you do need to apply for accommodation yourself in order to use the guarantee.

Library services

There are numerous study desks available in the library, as well as separate rooms for group-related studies. They also have a Quiet Reading Room located at the ground floor.Books can be returned in a box just outside the Student Centre when the Library is closed.

ICT services

Certain distance educations have meetings on one of the campus sites, others are based on modern IT support only and are therefore independent on which city you are in.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus at Kungsbäck in Gävle offers a lovely study environment with all programmes gathered in one place. A place of knowledge only a few minutes from the centre.The University is located in a scenic area with Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest as the closest neighbours. The carefully re-built regiment barracks have created a gathered campus where the distance between students, teachers and researchers is close.A higher education institution with regional connections and a contact network reaching all over the world.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.