Is this program right for you?
This program is right for students who wish to experience the Swedish education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at a Swedish university. Classes are taught in English directly alongside local Swedish and other international students. Gothenburg is a delightful, modern city in southwestern Sweden with much to offer to incoming study abroad students.
The University of Gothenburg has over 200 courses taught in English. In addition to the option to study the Swedish language, international exchange students at the University of Gothenburg can take courses in a variety of fields such as science, communication, information technology, economics, international relations, political science, public health, education, and the Scandinavian culture.
Visit the University of Gothenburg website for a complete list of courses on offer
The University of Gothenburg has approximately 40,000 students and 5,000 employees. With its eight faculties, the Education and Research Board for Teacher training, and 57 departments, the University of Gothenburg is also the most wide-ranging and versatile university in Sweden, offering unique opportunities for cooperation and development.
Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
When you decide to study at the University of Gothenburg you will come to Sweden's second largest city with a population of half a million inhabitants and a place known to be a city for students. Sweden is a safe and modern country in northern Europe, and it has accrued a spectacular reputation as an innovator and creative force. Sweden's famed corporate brands - like Volvo, Ikea, Ericsson, H&M and Saab - complement its cultural brands - like Ingmar Bergman, Abba, Astrid Lindgren, Bjorn Borg, August Strindberg, The Cardigans and Greta Garbo.
Gothenburg is situated along the southwest coast of Sweden. Its vibrant café culture and relaxed atmosphere make it an ideal study abroad destination. "Göteborg" prides itself on being a city of events and major indoor and outdoor arenas for sports, music concerts, and international exhibitions are clustered in the east of the city. From the opera to live music, from indoor rainforests to contemporary art exhibitions, you can never be bored in Göteborg. When the weather is nice, you'll find Gothenburg's residents enjoying the many outdoor parks situated throughout the city.
Getting around the city is made very easy by Gothenburg's large system of trams, buses, ferries and local trains. Many residents use bicycles as a primary form of transportation, and there are separate traffic lanes just for them. Students find that it is easy to move around the city and that they can quickly move between campus, downtown, and to all the attractions throughout the city.
The university is everywhere you go in central Gothenburg. This means that most parts of the University of Gothenburg are within walking or cycling distance of each other, which is why there are masses of cafés and restaurants jostling each other along the main student routes. On warm, sunny days the open-air cafés get very crowded - often with students. Many students find Gothenburg and its university very cosmopolitan. Just about all Swedes speak English, which makes it easy to melt in as an international student.
Housing & Meals
While students attend the University of Gothenburg, they live in university coordinated housing managed by a group called 'SGS Studentbostäder.' Exchange students will find opportunities to meet Swedish students in the student housing complexes. All rooms come with basic furniture like desk, bookshelf, bed, chairs and lamps, while kitchen utensils, light bulbs, bed linens and towels are the student's responsibility.
To apply for housing, students need to fill out the on-line application for exchange student services. This is also where students will sign up for services such as the Welcome & Introduction Program, the Swedish Language Course, and the Student Buddy Program. Note that students do not need to be academically accepted before beginning the housing application. You can read more about housing options on the Accommodation website.
All students who study abroad at the University of Gothenburg are required to apply for and obtain a Swedish residency permit prior to arriving in Sweden. This is done at the Swedish Consulate or Embassy. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the necessary immigration documentation in order to legally enter the country. To find out residency permit procedures or to ask any questions, please contact the Swedish Embassy.