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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 Spring 2020


Saturday 18 January 2020: Arrival Day and pickup service

We organise a pickup service from the airport, train station, bus and ferry terminals. 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.

Welcome packs
The Welcome pack includes maps, University information, a Lycamobile SIM card, a bucket list, information about public transport, and much more. We will hand them out on the Arrival Day (18 January). If you do not arrive on the Arrival Day, you can pick it up on the Welcome Fair (22 January). Arriving later? Until the end of March you can pick it up at Servicecenter Vasa (Universitetsplatsen 1).

Tuesday 21 January 2020: Welcome Day

The University of Gothenburg formally welcomes you to the University and the start of the Spring 2020 semester. We will introduce you to the University and present an array of services and activities that are available to you. Thereafter you will learn more about Sweden and the Swedes. The day finishes with a panel discussion with current Swedish and international students, who share their insights into student life in Gothenburg. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel on stage.

Time: 17:00-19:00 (5-7pm)
Location: Vasaparken, the University's main building (Universitetsplatsen 1)
Nearest bus/tram stop: Vasaplatsen 

Wednesday 22 January 2020: Welcome Fair

At the fair, you will meet university staff, student organisations as well as other exhibitors who will answer your questions and help you
become familiar with the University and Gothenburg. 
Read more about the exhibitors in the programme: 
Welcome Fair(1,6MB)Time: 17:00-19:00 (5-7pm)
Location: Studenternas Hus (Götabergsgatan 17)
Nearest bus/tram stop: Vasaplatsen, Valand or Götaplatsen

Faculties' introduction 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 event 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: 29 January
Time: 18:00
: Börsen, Gustav Adolfs Torg
Nearest tram/bus stop: Brunnsparken

This event is free of charge but you need to bring your ticket.

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

Unimeet Gothenburg events

The Unimeet Gothenburg events aim to welcome all new international students 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 Unimeet Gothenburg events 


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

Page Manager: Welcome Services|Last update: 1/22/2020

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