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Everybody’s going off to London or Paris. But we’re not everybody. We like to do things differently. And we’ve always liked the Scandinavian style. The way people are open to new ideas. The way it’s calm and quiet but has a fast pace when it comes to innovation and change. That’s why we chose to study here – at the University of Gothenburg, second largest city of Sweden. Right in the heart of Scandinavia. Of course, we came here for a modern education, one where we’re encouraged to speak our minds and work on real assignments, together with other like-minded individuals. Who are we? We’re four students who like to do things our own way. We’re independent minded. Like you.

Four students and the University of Gothenburg. Check out the film clip!


MEET FOUR OF OUR 37,000 STUDENTS Welcome to the University of Gothenburg and to Sweden. We hope you already know a little about us and that you are considering doing your international studies here. If so, this brochure will give you an idea of what that might mean to you. Of course, it’s just a starting point. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and find out more. You’ll find some useful points of contact at the back.

Agyat Suri left India and found himself – in Gothenburg. He speaks freely about the city which is both small enough and large enough for professional and personal development. Page 6–7

Viktoria Isaeva is studying to bring our two countries closer together in politics and culture. And when she needs a dose of nature she likes to escape in one of Gothenburg’s oldest city parks.

Tanti Kostaman is from a “typical tropical island” in Indonesia. Freedom and equality were important aspects when choosing her study destination. Page 8–9

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Qiao Hua, who studies at the School of Business, Economics and Law, came here with her husband. Now she’s ­making Gothenburg her new home. She likes the way the university involves corporate reality in its approach to l­earning. 4

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Then we bring all four of them together at a classic Gothenburg café. Page 14–15



Gothenburg harbour

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Central station

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Ullevi arena

City Centre



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Liseberg amusement park

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Sahlgrenska sjukhuset

The University of Gothenburg is a city university – almost all parts are situated in central Gothenburg. All the red dots represent university facilities.


“IN GOTHENBURG YOU CAN BE WHOEVER YOU ARE” “People have been very friendly, they often want to take the time to talk to me. It’s not like being in a big chaotic city, it’s a cosy city – you feel the warmth.” Agyat explains that he chose University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska Academy for their reputation as academic institutes. It also becomes clear that he is fond of the city, which he thinks is neither too small nor too large – but lagom (a Swedish word for just right). “On one hand, you can walk almost everywhere in Gothenburg. On the other it’s a big city with a very international feel. One of my favourite areas is Andra Långgatan, where there are bars and cafés that are often full of international students.” Agyat reminds us that education is a life changing experience. “It’s not just what you study in a classroom – you’re studying 24 hours a day, by integrating with a new culture. And the university gives you a lot of opportunities to go out and meet local industry, to build your own network. The Swedish system is designed to help you become independent, at every point of the programme there is a connection to the real world and opportunities to integrate with it. Then it’s up to you to choose your direction.”

While living here Agyat has explored his interest in calligraphy and creative writing. Now he’s looking forward to trying out mixed martial arts at a centre not far from his faculty. About Agyat Agyat Suri comes from Punjab in northern India. Both his parents are doctors. At University of Gothenburg he is studying the Master’s Programme in Business Creation & Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine. Before leaving India he started a magazine, North East Today, and since living in Sweden he has started a software company.


With a population of almost half a million, the west coastal city is Sweden’s second largest. In the world’s largest survey involving 160,000 students from 193 universities in 14 countries – Gothenburg was ranked number one best city for students (2012).

As a new international student you have the opportunity to participate in a Student Buddy group. Here you will get help to find all the fun – and even get picked up at the airport when you arrive! Check out the film clip!


“For me it’s fine to meet friends who are having a drink – I will just have an orange juice. Swedish people respect that my cultural identity is different to theirs.” About Tanti Tanti Kostaman comes from the Indonesian island of Java. While studying for her ­Psychology Bachelor in Yogyakarta, she took the opportunity to go on exchange to the University of Borås, Sweden. And now, with a scholarship from the Swedish ­Institute, Tanti is studying a Master in Communication at the University of Gothenburg’s IT ­Faculty. She is also interested in journalism and parliamentary debate.


“PEOPLE HERE RESPECT THAT MY CULTURAL IDENTITY IS DIFFERENT TO THEIRS” “The University of Gothenburg is an integral part of the city – which is not so big that you don’t feel part of it.” Tanti is quietly spoken and doesn’t much care for Swedish food – yet that doesn’t stop her from leading a busy social life. She often meets friends in Gothenburg’s cosy cafés for fika (Swedish for coffee and cake), and is particularly fond of cinnamon buns. “That’s true, and I eat a lot more salads for lunch than I did at home. I feel healthy. It’s part of the trend here, you can always find nice healthy salads.” So how’s the student life going? “I’ve been studying together with hundreds of students from all over the world, so we’re practising intercultural communication all the time – which has been awesome. I like the way we are treated here. Interaction with teachers is not really bound by hierarchy, it’s okay for us to express our thoughts if we disagree. Another thing I like is the way equality has been put into practice in Sweden. It’s most obvious in the gender role. Not only when it comes to job equality, but at home. Here it’s normal that fathers take paternity leave to look after their children and share responsibility for the household.”

The University of Gothenburg is a proud supporter of the local pride festival.

Even between teachers and students, there is a sense of mutual respect and equality.


“SWEDISHNESS IS A WAY TO LIVE IN HARMONY WITH THE FORCES OF NORDIC NATURE” Viktoria is happiest when she is in nature, walking through the forest or sitting in the harbour watching boats come in. With its many woodland parks and the proximity to wild coastal landscapes of granite, Gothenburg makes her feel very much at home. “It’s not so strange for me here, in Saint Petersburg you can feel the Scandinavian influence – it’s quite close. Also, I did an internship at the Swedish General Consulate in Russia. I loved the feeling of working with Swedish people – being part of the community. In the future I want to bring Sweden and Russia together, culturally and politically.” Then came the opportunity to research the field she’s passionate about in a city she loves. “Of course, Gothenburg is a good part of the world to study international relations. The Swedish openness and respect for different cultures is part of a mindset that goes back a long way. As a student it helps you to learn how to compromise – how to communicate delicate issues while respecting people’s feelings.” Viktoria takes a breath of cool air before sharing another insight: “Swedes are progressive, they embrace new ideas easily – but at the same time, they hang on to their Swedishness. It’s a fine balance between integrity and open-mindedness”.


The archipelago of Gothenburg stretches along the coast like a string of pearls. You don’t have to travel far from the city to find charming villages, stunning nature and beaches.

Interest in the environment, sustainability and nature is substantial in Gothenburg. This is one of the reasons University of Gothenburg is at the forefront of marine research, for example.

When you’re in Slottsskogen you can forget you’re in the city. According to Viktoria you can even close your eyes and listen but you won’t hear the sound of it. About Viktoria Viktoria Isaeva comes from Saint Petersburg in the neighbouring land of Russia. There she studied a Bachelor in International Relations with a focus on Nordic countries. Besides her native language, Viktoria speaks Swedish, German and English, and has some family roots in Sweden. Here at University of Gothenburg she is in the first year of the Master in International Administration and Global Governance.


“COMPANIES HERE ARE INVOLVED FROM THE START” Qiao radiates precision and confidence when talking about her life at the University of Gothenburg. She explains the importance of the city having a good economy, friendly citizens and an innovative business environment. “We have a lot of guest speakers in the courses, from companies such as SKF and Volvo. There are also opportunities for internships and even scholarships – like the one I have from Volvo Group. We get to know the reality of the working environment and what sort of challenges the ­companies face.” Qiao points out that Swedes are very positive to the idea of students studying and working at the same time. “It’s very encouraging. I’m learning how Swedish people do business: what’s culturally important, the social norms – how people communicate. These intangible things are important to my future.” But surely, cultural differences must have been challenging at times? “When lecturers asked me to elaborate on my point of view, I noticed I didn’t have much training in this. I wasn’t accustomed to it – I needed time to prepare my thoughts. But with group work and practice you get better at it, arguing your points and persuading others. Swedish students are good at this. I’m improving but I still have a way to go.”

About Qiao Qiao Hua comes from Chongqing, Southwest China. She is studying a Master of Science in International Business and Trade – at the University of Gothenburg’s School of Business, Economics and Law. Before this she did a Bachelor in Shanghai and worked in Beijing for a few years. Qiao has a Volvo Group Scholarship which includes her tuition fee, mentorship, summer work and the opportunity to do a thesis for the company.


The area surrounding Gothenburg harbour offers lots of opportunities for students to collaborate with international businesses.


“BE BRAVE. IF YOU FEEL DRAWN TO COME HERE – COME !” Qiao, Agyat, Tanti and Viktoria meet up in a café on Västra Hamngatan. Being independent minded, each of them chose to study here for their own reasons. The university is known internationally for its research, high standards and innovative teaching methods. But it also benefits from an intimate relationship with the city and Swedish society. “I can get across the whole city in half an hour – and buses are mostly on time,” says Qiao. “Yes, things are well organised here,” says Agyat. Then Tanti: “Particularly between the university and the city – like when Gothenburg has its sustainability ­seminar at Svenska Mässan, students are invited to attend as ­representatives of the university.” “I like the way the city lets me combine my studies and my personal life,” adds Viktoria.


“Swedes are respectful of other people and different ­cultures – and since we are students it’s quite easy to make new friends,” says Qiao, continuing: “This respect for diversity is one of the reasons it’s nice for us to be here – our cultural values may be very different but that’s not a problem.” So what about the future? “I’ve almost made up my mind that I want to spend the rest of my life in a Nordic country. Most of all I would like to live and work here in Gothenburg,” confesses Agyat.

Qiao continues, “Probably I will go to some other countries. But wherever I go, I think this will prepare me well for the challenges I will meet.” “One of my selling points will be the name of the university – together with all my experiences and the courses I took here,” says Tanti. Then Viktoria, “I hope my time here will help me to create a better connection between Sweden and Russia. For that my studies will play a crucial role.” And when looking back at their decision to come here, with what they know now, it seems they even have a few thoughts about your future. “You should think about where you stand on important t­ opics. You will be asked to express your viewpoint and explain why you believe in it,” says Qiao. “Be brave. If you feel drawn to come here, then come – no matter where you are in the world today. You will be ­welcomed for who you are, regardless how the political landscape ­changes,” says Viktoria.

“It’s not just studying – if you manage to come here, you should take advantage of all the opportunities surrounding you, explore everything you can while living in this part of the world,” says Tanti. “Be ready for a lot of group work in your assignments. You can’t be a loner here – you have to work together with other people,” says Agyat, “And don’t underestimate the studying – it will be intense. Look at it as an investment in your future, and make sure you are ready to make that investment.” There are nods of agreement from around the table, before a final remark. “And whatever you do, don’t eat the smelly fish they call surströmming!”

Are you familiar with the concept of fika? Check out the film clip to see what it’s all about.


“Don’t forget to bring an umbrella. On second thoughts – better to bring a raincoat because the rain usually comes at you sideways!” / Qiao

“Take every opportunity to meet people while you’re here – don’t say no when somebody invites you to a party, a picnic or a fika!” / Viktoria


USEFUL SWEDISH PHRASES Even if almost everyone in Sweden speaks English, a little Swedish is good to know. This is why all international students are offered Swedish language courses. Hej Hello Talar du engelska? Do you speak English? Hur mår du? How are you? (neutral) Hej då Bye-bye God morgon Good morning Godnatt Good night Varsågod Here you are Ursäkta mig Excuse me Förlåt! I’m sorry Jag gillar dig I like you Jag älskar dig I love you Jag hatar dig I hate you


Smör Ost Bröd Vatten Kaffe Te Fika Påtår Lagom Nja

Butter Cheese Bread Water Coffee Tea Coffee / tea break A refill of coffee (often included) Just right (not too little, not too much) No and yes

“Don’t bring a winter jacket if you’re coming from somewhere warm – you can always pick them up here in the winter sales or the charity shops. Actually, you can get everything you need here, even a rice cooker!” / Tanti

“You will be your own boss, you will need to manage your time and build your own network – that’s the price you pay for freedom and independence, not everybody finds that easy.” / Agyat





8FACULTIES School of Business, Economics and Law Handelshögskolan (Swedish name) is ­accredited by both EQUIS and AMBA. Its Visiting Professors Programme attracts professors from around the world in both research and teaching capacities.

Faculty of Arts The faculty is known for its research in Language Technology and Critical Heritage Studies and offers courses and programmes relating to contemporary culture, history and languages.

IT Faculty

For over 100 years, our students have benefitted from an impressive range of courses and programmes, as well as continuous access to the latest research. Here you will find future teachers, designers, financial experts, entrepreneurs and many more. We cover almost all scientific fields as well as the fine, applied and performing arts.




The faculty has a highly international profile with around 50 courses carried out in English at the two departments Applied Information Technology and Computer Science & Engineering.

Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts A broad range of study opportunities ­between the departments Academy of Music and Drama, HDK School of ­Design and Crafts, and Valand ­Academy (Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature).

Faculty of Science From the smallest particle to the entire universe, the natural sciences are studied here with a view to creating a better environment for us to live in. The faculty is renowned for its marine research.

Sahlgrenska Academy


Research and studies in Medicine, Odontology and Health Care ­S ciences. Ranked top 50 in Medicine, the f­ aculty carries out world-class research in six different institutes.

Faculty of Social Sciences



With many of the university’s most popular programmes, its research subjects on the environment, poverty, war and social interaction are deemed central to creating sustainable change in the world at large.

Faculty of Education



Research and study in the field of learning among children, youths and adults – but the faculty also embraces fields surrounding people in everyday life. Within food, nutrition and sport, for example.


STUDY OPPORTUNITIES Exchange studies If you are a student at one of our partner universities, you can apply for an exchange at your home university. Exchange students pay tuition fees at their home university.

Degrees/courses You can apply for a full degree programme or follow individual courses. We have around 60 International Master’s Programmes and one Bachelor’s Programme and about 300 freestanding courses taught in ­English. All our programmes start in the autumn while some of our courses might also have a start date in the spring. Tuition fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA. You can apply online for all our degrees and courses, via

PhD Third-cycle education is offered by all faculties at the University of Gothenburg. A doctoral degree is worth 240 credits. Available PhD positions are posted on the university website and you apply online.

COURSES & PROGRAMMES Studies are offered within the following fields of interest. Note that courses are offered on both first and second cycle level; that some of them might be open only for exchange students; and that the offering varies depending on semester (autumn/spring). See website for latest and detailed info and how to apply. • Medicine, Odontology and Health • Natural Sciences • Culture, Religion and History • Fine Art, Design and Crafts • Languages • Social Sciences • Music, Drama, and Photography (Performing Arts) • Business, Economics and Law • Educational Sciences • Teacher Education • Information Technology

APPLICATION DEADLINES Exchange studies Please note that you have to be nominated by your home university before applying to exchange studies at the University of Gothenburg. Contact your international coordinator at your home university for more ­information. • May 15th for start in autumn semester and academic year • November 15th for start in spring semester • Please note that the Faculty of Fine Applied and Performing Arts have other deadlines, information is ­available online

Freemovers Most programmes have the following deadlines, however, some courses and programmes might differ. Please read the description of the programme carefully. • January/April 15th for start in the autumn semester* • October 15th for start in the spring semester

*A ll international students are encouraged to apply to admission round with deadline January 15th. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if ­required), find housing, etc. However, the second admission round with deadline April 15th is an alternative for students from EU/EEA ­countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester.


Concept & production: Frank&Earnest. Photographer: Johan Wingborg. Special thanks to Fighter Centre, Clarion Hotel Post and Brogyllen café.






Check out the film clip that was made about the making of this brochure, featuring Viktoria, Agyat, Qiao and Tanti.


Student brochure, University of Gothenburg