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.
Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. The University of Gothenburg is environmentally certified and works actively for sustainable development. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.
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 Servicecenters. 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.
International students in Gothenburg are especially pleased with the social life, the campus environment as well as the transportation services and the city's eco-friendly attitude.
Gothenburg- a City of Culture and Contrast
What is it then that makes Gothenburg special? Some say that it is the fact that Gothenburg is somewhere between a small town and a large city. It's big enough to offer the buzz of the city and plenty of activities, but small enough to feel intimate.
Others say it is the location. Gothenburg is situated on the beautiful west coast and the city is defined by the harbor and proximity to the sea. You can leave the city buzz and hop on a public ferry that takes you out to the archipelago.
Then there is the fact that Gothenburg offers you a thriving music scene and a wide range of culture and sports. Many international artists perform in Gothenburg and it is also home to one of Sweden's largest music festival, Way Out West.
Gothenburg offers unique opportunities for students. Here you will study in the very heart of the city. We don't have an offsite campus in the outskirts of the city; instead the whole city is our campus.
Gothenburg has more students than any other city in Sweden. You can choose to lead a typical student life, with fantastic study facilities, cosy cafés, student parties and communal student accommodation. But you can also take part in the various events and the diverse cultural scene that Gothenburg has to offer.
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.
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.
In the city centre you will find numerous fitness centres, parks and running tracks.
Take the bus or tram to spacious hiking areas, jogging trails and unspoilt scenery that await you just outside the city.
Health care and fitness services
Training and recreation information at the City of Gothenburg website
Cafés and Restaurants
Students on a caféTo take a break during the day for a cup of coffee or something small to eat is what Swedes call 'fika'. Gothenburg is a perfect city for this, since it is famous for its cafés. The student areas in particular are packed with cafés to suit every taste.
You'll find plenty of restaurants as well. Swedes often eat lunch out, and hundreds of restaurants therefore offer daily lunch specials at reasonable prices in the city centre.
NighclubDo you like dancing at nightclubs or do you prefer the pub atmosphere more? In Gothenburg you will find both. In the city centre, around the main street called Avenyn, you will find trendy nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
Members of the cultural establishment and the alternative scene can be found a kilometre or so to the west, at the clubs and pubs in the Linné area and around Järntorget, Haga and Masthugget.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Gothenburg!