University of Gothenburg

Göteborg, Sweden

No. Students: 38,900 No. of Academic staff: 447
Funding type: Public
  • Göteborg / Sweden
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to University of Gothenburg

In the centre of the city and in close contact with society

The University of Gothenburg is situated in the centre of the city and in close contact with society. With 37,000, we are one of the largest and most wide-ranging universities in Sweden. We know that students benefit from a good study environment, which includes easy access to cultural life, entertainment and the business world. This is one reason why most University premises are situated in the city centre. We also cooperate with several major Swedish corporations established in our area. The proximity to many significant employers in the region makes it easier for our graduates to find employment. The University of Gothenburg is also active in several global networks for research and education. This enables our students to interact, within both education and research, with some of the worlds most prominent higher education institutions.

Many applicants per student place

The University of Gothenburg has the highest number of applicants per student place for several programmes and courses, making us one of the most popular universities among young students. In addition, with 5,300 employees, of which 2,500 are teachers and doctoral students and 450 are professors, we are one of the most wide-ranging universities in the country. With eight Faculties and around 40 Departments, we have nearly unlimited opportunities to combine and vary both programmes and courses.

The around 40 departments and centres conduct research and development in a great range of scientific disciplines, from medicine and biotechnology to marine biology and opinion formation. We are particularly proud of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor Arvid Carlsson for his research in neuropharmacology. Research related to the marine environment, for example development of non-toxic boat paint, constitutes an important part of the Universitys research endeavours within the natural sciences. The University is characterised by breadth and diversity.

Breadth and diversity

The around 40 Departments and centres conduct research and development in a great range of scientific disciplines, from medicine and biotechnology to marine biology and opinion formation. We are particularly proud of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor Arvid Carlsson for his research in neuropharmacology. Research related to the marine environment, for example development of non-toxic boat paint, constitutes an important part of the Universitys research endeavours within the natural sciences. The University is characterised by breadth and diversity.


University of Gothenburg has approximately 37,000 students and 5,500 employees. It is the largest university in Scandinavia. With its nine faculties and approximately seventy departments, the university is also the most wide-ranging and versatile university in Sweden, offering unique opportunities for cooperation and development.

The distinctive characteristic of university education at the University of Gothenburg is the close interaction between teaching and research. Students are kept informed of the latest developments in the field they are studying and researchers gain inspiration from their students expectations and needs. At the University of Gothenburg research and teaching are regarded as equally important, and there is ongoing pedagogical development work.

In an international perspective too, The University of Gothenburg is unusually
comprehensive, with cutting-edge research in a number of dynamic research areas. Cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, society at large and trade and industry has been consistently strengthened and intensified over recent years, as have international contacts and collaborative projects with partners abroad.


At the University of Gothenburg, we strive to make your stay in Sweden as easy, straightforward and enjoyable as possible. We want our students to be able to get involved in student life quickly, and to have all the contacts necessary for this.

If you have any questions whether it be practical, academic or social these pages provide an initial point of reference. Personal assistance and additional help are available from sources including our Service Centres. Here you will find people who can provide guidance on anything to do with the University of Gothenburg with a great deal of experience of helping our international students to settle into Swedish society.

For example, our international students often ask about web services, library resources and the rights and responsibilities of students. On these pages you will find answers to the most common questions on these subjects.

Health care, fitness and other student services

GFS The Association of Student Unions in Gothenburg - belongs to all the Student Unions in Gothenburg. The aim of this organisation is to promote the common interests of all students, first and foremost within the socio-academic field, so that each individual student achieves the best possible starting-point for carrying out his or her studies in a way that contributes towards his or her development. GFS offers healthcare, finess centre, child care and legal advice.

Health care Akademihälsan

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.


Fitness centres Fysiken

There are two student fitness centres in Gothenburg, with a wide range of activities, such as aerobics, ball sports, gym, dancing, water aerobics, outdoor pursuits, and a variety of courses. As a student you are entitled to a student discount membership.


Child care Krokus

Krokus is a nursery school for children from one-and-a-half up to six years of age, whose parents are students or doctoral candidates. Krokus is run with the involvement of the parents, and it is therefore necessary for parents to have Swedish language skills.

Krokus - nursery school (information in Swedish)

Legal advice

Student lawyers provide free advice on legal matters and operate a drop-in reception.

Student life

Finding your way around Gothenburg

Orientating yourself in Gothenburg does not take long. A few short walks are enough to give you an overview of how the city is laid out. The university's departments have made their mark on Gothenburg, and can be found at many locations throughout the city. One tip is to learn where the central university buildings are so you can find them easily.

Key locations in Gothenburg include:

  • Gothenburg Central Station/Drottningtorget is the city's main railway station and a hub for the tram network. Nils Erikssonsplatsen, Gothenburg's main bus terminal, is also nearby.
  • Brunnsparken is immediately outside Östra Nordstaden, which is also Gothenburg's biggest shopping centre. Here you will find all manner of restaurants, shops and services, as well as covered pedestrian streets.
  • Järntorget, in the western part of the city, is close to both Haga and Linnégatan popular meeting places for students. Järntorget and Haga are home to many cultural activities, including theatres. The Draken cinema on Järntorget is also the focus of the world-famous Gothenburg Film Festival, which is held in February each year.
  • There are a great many restaurants along Linnégatan. At the top of Linnégatan is the large, tranquil park of Slottsskogen, with its zoo, cafés, music festivals, picnic areas and jogging tracks.
  • Avenyn, or Kungsportsavenyn as it is actually called, is Gothenburg's main street. There's always something going on here, with restaurants, nightclubs and highbrow culture. The city's main library, Gothenburg Concert Hall, Gothenburg Museum of Art and Gothenburg City Theatre can all be found at the top of Avenyn on Götaplatsen, with the famous statue of Poseidon at its centre.

Local transport in Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg is a city university, with several different locations in the city centre. From all our student residential areas you can reach the city centre and the university within 20 minutes, and the local transportation system operates with buses, trams and ferries. The timetables are extremely reliable, and delays are rare. In the city you can walk between most of the departments.

Boplats Göteborg

At the Boplats Göteborg student website you can find a map of the city with commuting times to the university from different parts of the city.

There are also several cycle paths to take you both to and from the university buildings. Watch out at street corners if theres not a tram passing, there might well be a student on a bike!

Boplats Göteborg

The tram network

Trams, buses, ferries and trains are all operated by Västtrafik, the local public transport coordinator. You can find more information about tickets, costs and journey planner at their website.
You cannot buy tickets from the driver. Instead, you need to buy your tickets from the Tidpunkten shop situated at the Central Station or from newsagents such as Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven or any other shop displaying the Västtrafik logo.

You can also buy your ticket via your mobile phone, provided that you have a Swedish mobile operator or bank card.

Västtrafik operates public transport throughout much of Western Sweden. If you want to explore beyond Gothenburg, there are plenty of rail and bus lines to choose between.

From leisure to shopping

Sun and swimming. Fitness. Shopping. Nightlife. In Gothenburg, most things are within walking distance. Cycling is almost a way of life. Students and locals are keen cyclists, and if you don't have your own bike the city has a system of strategically located bikes that can be hired for a small charge.

It's easy to reach the coast by tram or by bike. Spacious hiking areas, jogging tracks and unspoilt scenery await just outside the city. If you enjoy running, there are both parks and running tracks nearby, and there are many fitness centres some run by private chains, others by the student unions.

You can shop 'til you drop in Gothenburg, with everything from large shopping centres to small boutiques on the city's backstreets. Nordstan, in the city centre, is the largest shopping centre in the Nordic region.

Stop for a coffee

Gothenburg is also famous for its cafés. The student areas in particular are packed with cafés to suit every taste. You'll find plenty of restaurants here, too. Swedes often eat lunch out, and hundreds of restaurants therefore offer daily lunch specials at reasonable prices in the city centre.

Go clubbing

Gothenburg is well-known for its nightlife. In the centre, glittering nightclubs and restaurants are concentrated around the main street called Avenyn. Here you can dance the night away. Members of the cultural establishment and the alternative scene can be found a kilometre or so to the west, at the restaurants and pubs in the Linné area and around Järntorget, Haga and Masthugget.

Easy to get around

Whether you live in the thick of things or further out in the suburbs makes no difference. The city has a modern transport network consisting of trams, buses and ferries. Generally speaking, you are never more than half an hour away from where it's all happening.

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