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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 2019

Presentation slides (Autumn 2019)

Here you find the presentation slides from the Welcome Day held on 28 August, 2019.

Welcome Day 28 August 2019 - presentation slides

Saturday 24 August and Tuesday 27 August:

Arrival Days with Pickup service

We organise a pickup service from the airport, train station, bus and ferry terminals on two days in August: Saturday 24 August and Tuesday 27 August. Staff from the University and Student Buddies from the student unions will welcome you to Gothenburg and guide you through the day.

Find more information about the pickup service on the page Plan your trip and arrival.

Wednesday 28 August: Welcome Day

The University of Gothenburg formally welcomes you to the University and the start of the Autumn 2019 semester.

Time: You choose a time slot when you register
Location: Main auditorium, University main building at Universitetsplatsen 1
Nearest bus/tram stop: Vasaplatsen
Registration: We will send out an invitation to all new international students by 16 August at the latest. If you haven't received the link you can register here

Thursday 29 August: Welcome Fair

On this day you will have the opportunity to meet the student unions, student associations, and representatives from the University at our Welcome Fair.

Time: You choose a time slot when you register
Location: Studenternas Hus (Götabergsgatan 17)
Nearest bus/tram stop: Vasaplatsen or Götaplatsen
Registration: We will send out an invitation to all new international students by 16 August at the latest. If you haven't received the link you can register here
Programme: List of exhibitors, map and schedule: 
Welcome Fair 2019

Welcome packs

The Welcome pack includes maps, University information, a SIM card (standard, micro, nano), a bucket list, information about public transport, and much more. 

We will hand out the Welcome packs on the Arrival Days as well as during the Welcome Fair. If you miss these activities, you can pick up your Welcome Pack at Servicecenter Vasa (Universitetsplatsen 1) from Friday 30 August until the end of October. 

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 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: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Tickets: We will send out an invitation with a link to register in late 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, local 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.

Page Manager: Welcome Services|Last update: 9/2/2019

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