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Welcome Programme

The International Student Welcome Programme is held at the beginning of each semester. The programme of events and activities provides international students with practical information about the University and living in Gothenburg. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet other international students and Student Buddies from all over the world.

Welcome Programme Autumn 2017

Saturday 19 August and Tuesday 22 August:

Arrival Day, Pick-up service and welcome pack

International students arriving on these days can benefit from a pick-up service from Landvetter Airport, the central station and ferry terminals.
Please note: The last pick-up time at each arrival point is 8pm.

Through our cooperation with the Chalmers University of Technology, you also have the option of making use of their arrival service at the Landvetter airport on 21 August.

For details and registration for the pick-up service, visit the page Plan your trip and arrival. We strongly recommend that you arrive on one of the Arrival Days and benefit from the pick-up service. It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow new international students and ask questions to the numerous Student Buddies who will be present to welcome you.

During the Arrival Days, exchange students renting a room from the University of Gothenburg can also pick up their keys. For more information, go to Arrival on the Student Housing Services' website.

Important: Nordplus/Nordlys students sign their contract and pick up their keys directly at their local SGS office. The SGS offices are only open Monday-Friday.

Welcome packs will be handed out before the Welcome meeting on 23 August and during the fair on 24 August. However, students arriving on the Arrival Days will receive their welcome pack at the Student Housing Services’ office. The Student Housing Services’ office is located at Medicinaregatan 20 A and will be open between 10am-9pm on the Arrival Days.

If you arrive after 24 August, you can pick up your welcome pack at the Student Housing Services’ office during the following times:

  • Friday 25 August: 10am-12pm

After 25 August, you need to e-mail welcomeprogramme@gu.se if you wish to pick up your welcome pack.

Wednesday 23 August: Welcome Day

The University of Gothenburg formally welcomes all new international students who are starting in the autumn of 2017. During the welcome meeting, university staff gives an introduction to the University of Gothenburg and presents the array of services and activities that are available to international students. Thereafter you will learn more about Sweden and the Swedes, and the day finishes with a discussion with current Swedish and international students, who share their insights into student life in Gothenburg.

  • 1-2.15pm: University welcome meeting
  • 2.15-3pm: Break with light refreshments
  • 3-4.30pm: Introduction to Sweden and to student life 

Time: 1-4.30pm
Location: Draken, Gothenburg’s largest and most beautiful cinema
Nearest bus/tram stop: Järntorget

Thursday 24 August: Fair and Information Day

For Freemovers, 10:30am-12.35pm
For Exchange students, 12:30-2:45pm
Location: Conference centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A
Nearest bus/tram stop: Medicinaregatan

Download the programme (pdf)


Find all the information you need in one place. Meet University staff, student unions and Student Buddies as well as other exhibitors who will answer your questions and help you become familiar with the University and Gothenburg. A list of exhibitors will be published here prior to the event.

Alongside the fair, you can attend a few information sessions. Read on for a brief description of each session:

University Library

The University Library is a great place to study and do research. Let the staff introduce you to the rich collection of electronic and print resources available to you and show you how to use the University Library Catalogue and Database. This session will give you the necessary information to make the most of the many services offered by the University Library.
Read more about the University Library.

Travel information

Learn more about travelling in Sweden and to the neighbouring Nordic countries. This presentation will cover travel by rail, ferry, long-distance coaches and more, and will also highlight some popular destinations that you may want to visit during your stay in Sweden.


During this session, we will cover several topics that are important for all international students. It is therefore mandatory to attend this session. Topics include information about insurance, health care, registration to the Swedish population register, bank accounts and finance, student housing, and Swedish language courses and language support etc.

Further details including an exhibitor list will be published later in the summer.

Apply for a Personal identity number

Students who are planning to study in Sweden for one year or more need to be registered in the Swedish population register. Once registered, you will be issued a personal identity number, or Personnummer. Normally, you need to hand in your application at the Tax Agency’s office (click here for more information). However, right at the start of the semester, staff from the Tax Agency will be present at the University and will assist you with your application.

Date: Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September
9am – 4pm
Location: Chalmers library (Chalmers tvärgata 1)
Nearest tram/bus stops: "Chalmers", and "Chalmers tvärgata"

Faculty introductions and social events

Faculty/Department introduction

Your faculty and department may organise additional events and orientation gatherings not mentioned here. For more information about events organised by your faculty, please contact your department.

Welcome Reception hosted by the City of Gothenburg

The City of Gothenburg invites all new international students to a welcome reception. This popular mingle event includes a welcome speech by the lord mayor, food, drinks, and of course an excellent chance to spend a beautiful evening with fellow students.

Date: 4 September
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Kongresshallsfoajén, Mässans Gata 8
Tickets: Bring valid photo ID and your ticket. Invitations will be e-mailed to you in mid-August.

Student Buddies activities

The Student Buddies organise plenty of activities both at the start and throughout the semester in order to help international students settle in and meet fellow students. You can contact them if you need more information about student life in Gothenburg or if you want to know more about the different activities arranged for you.

Contact Student Buddies

Student Göteborg events

The Student Göteborg events aim to welcome all new students, national and international, to the city of Gothenburg. The different events and activities are designed to make you discover and experience the city while getting to know other students in a relaxed and fun way.

Read more about the Student Göteborgs events


If you have any questions about the Welcome Programme, send an email to welcomeprogramme@gu.se.

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Page Manager: Welcome Services|Last update: 8/16/2017

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Utskriftsdatum: 2017-08-22