University of Gävle

Gävle, Sweden

No. Students: 15,000 (150 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 400
Funding type: Public
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*: Approximate

Welcome! Welcome to a university where students and their interests are the focus of our attention. Our ambition is that you, the student, will gain valuable in-depth knowledge in your field of study while at the same time enjoying what Gävle and Sweden has to offer.

A part of Sweden

Sweden, a part of Scandinavia, is a country full of potential for any student.With vast landscapes covered in forests and mountains in the north, to highly modernized cities and internationally renowned companies, a stay in Sweden is something more valuable than studies alone. Swedish innovation has led to a range of successful brands such as Volvo, Ericsson, Sandvik, Tetrapak, Astra Zeneca as well as Skype, Spotify and H&M.

A regional university offering a great range of choice

The University of Gävle enjoys a strong regional presence and is part of a global network of higher education. The University has more than 15 000 students and it offers approximately 50 study programmes and 500 courses covering Health, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences as well as Technology.

International programmes are offered in several fields, such as Business Administration and Electronics/Automation. Moreover the University offers an entire programme in English, Energy Engineering online which is completely web based. Have a look at the next page for programme information!

At our university, you are at the centre

We offer an area of study which is full of creativity at an environmentally friendly and certified university where collaboration with local businesses and municipalities is high on the agenda. Our prime area of focus is centred on sustainable human living environments. Our work for sustainability includes ecological, social as well as economic aspects which are integrated throughout the University on all levels.

The city of Gävle

Gävle has approximately 94,000 inhabitants and can offer a wide selection of activities. You will find outdoor activities, sports, shopping as well as nightlife in short, all things you may need in your place of residence.

The University campus is also located in a scenic area close to the Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest and offers a great study environment only a few minutes away from the city centre.


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. Please contact us for further directions or check our webpage.

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See you at the University of Gävle!


Education and Research at a Scenic Campus

University of Gävle has approximately 15 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and 500 elective courses.

Research Profiles

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.

Distance Education

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. 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. The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in the home town and still carry out academic studies.


Our 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.

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