To study at the University of Gothenburg you must apply through the central Swedish application portal at universityadmissions.se. Paper applications are not accepted. With very few exceptions, all applications for Swedish universities are submitted online.
All international students are encouraged to apply in the first admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of the semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive a residence permit (if required), find housing, etc. The final application date is 15 January for programmes in English starting in the autumn semester.
The second admission rounds are suggested for students from Sweden. Even applicants from an EU/EEA country have the possibility to apply, as they do not need a residence permit. This also applies to students who already live in Sweden and therefore do not need to apply for a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. The application deadlines for the second admissions rounds are 15 April for the autumn semester and 15 October for the spring semester.
Once you have applied via universityadmissions.se, you will receive an e-mail to confirm that your application has been received. Check that all information is correct, and go to My pages regularly to check for any changes or updates.
If you have applied in January, you will receive a response in mid-March for the autumn semester. If you have applied in April or October, you will receive a response in mid-July for the autumn semester or in mid-December for the spring semester. The notification will be sent via e-mail and published on My pages at universityadmissions.se.
You must confirm the admission offer you will receive with the notification of selection results for it to be valid. Admission offers are only valid for the semester you applied for.
If you do not reply to the admission offer, you will automatically be deleted from the courses you applied for. The response deadline will be specified in the notification of selection results.
The notification of selection results will detail the tuition fees that you need to pay unless you are exempt from tuition fees. The University will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to pay any fees due. Please go to Key dates to see when you will receive the e-mail with payment instructions.
Most students from outside Europe need a residence permit to study in Sweden. Start the process of applying for a residence permit as soon as you receive the admission offer, as the process can take a long time. Note that you must be admitted to a course worth at least 30 ECTS to qualify for a residence permit.
For information about additional rules and procedures, please visit the Swedish Migration Board’s website. Another alternative is to contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. Note that the University of Gothenburg has no influence over the work of the Swedish Migration Board. All students must apply for residence permits on their own.
As there is a great demand for accommodation in Gothenburg, it is important that you start looking early for accommodation.
Once you have accepted the admission offer, you must register for studies in accordance with the instructions you receive from your department. If you do not register, you will lose your place.
Before the semester starts, you will receive a notification and information from your department regarding the start of the semester. All questions regarding schedule, introduction, literature etc. can be answered by your department.
All international students intending to study at a Swedish university for one year or less must have valid health insurance. The insurance must be valid for the whole study period and the student needs to acquire such an insurance policy before applying for a Swedish residence permit.
Students admitted to a programme that is at least one year (12 month) in duration will be covered by the Swedish healthcare system and will therefore be subject to the same cost and fees as Swedish citizens. Note that you may need travel insurance and a personal insurance policy covering theft etc.
Educational Affairs, Box 100, SE-405 30 Gothenburg
Rosenlundsgatan 4, 3rd floor
Monday & Wednesday 9:00-11:00.
46 31-786 1050
Monday & Wednesday, 9:00-11:00
46 31-786 4387
Learn more about the key dates for the application rounds.