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Summer School for Sustainability

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing development of the COVID-19 outbreak, University of Gothenburg has made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer School for Sustainability 2020. If you are an international student and have been nominated to take part by your home university, please check your email inbox for further information. We apologise for any inconvenience that may cause.


About the Summer School

We are currently facing a range of global challenges, from increased inequalities and resource depletion to loss of biodiversity and the climate crisis. The University of Gothenburg Summer School for Sustainability is a chance to take action on sustainability, deepen your understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and join an international cohort of likeminded people for four inspirational weeks in one of the most sustainable cities in the world. 

The summer school offers a programme of courses and social activities to create synergy around sustainable solutions and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

The courses are open for students at our partner universities and Swedish students. You find information about how and when to apply below.

You will be able to apply for one 7,5 credits (ECTS) course, running over a four week period. The courses starts on July 6 2020 and ends on July 31 2020.


All courses offered will focus on the issues relating to the Sustainable Development Goals and will provide a challenging and rewarding academic atmosphere for you to develop knowledge around contemporary sustainability challenges within your own academic discipline as well as skills necessary to contribute towards fulfilling Agenda 2030.

All courses are on Bachelor level and taught in English. 

Courses offered in 2020:

  • Climate Change and Inequality
  • Managing Migration
  • Biodiversity in Western Sweden
  • Building Sustainable Value Chains
  • Teaching Sustainable Development from a Global Perspective
  • Introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology with focus on global health


Read more about the courses here.

Social activities and housing

Outside of the classroom you will immerse yourself in Swedish culture and experience summer in beautiful Gothenburg. The city has been ranked as the most sustainable destination four years in a row by the Global Destination Index and has been named the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020. An extensive social programme is offered for all students, including interdisciplinary seminars, daytrips and practical workshops, as well as a welcome ceremony and a farewell event.

All students will be offered accommodation.

A pick-up service for students arriving on selected days will be available. 

How to apply

The Summer Shool for Sustainability is open to exchange students and Swedish students. To be able to apply you must receive a nomination from your home university. The nomination period is closed.

Why you should study sustainability in Gothenburg

University of Gothenburg is at the forefront of sustainability work in teaching and research and the university is ranked as 6th in the world for its work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The university is also the host of the Nordic Chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).



Any questions about the Summer School for Sustainability? 
Contact Lina Erlandsson, project manager.

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