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Programmes of study and activities

This section brings together all the programmes of study and activities that the University of Gothenburg offers that are specially intended for people who are new to Sweden.

Completing an access course in Swedish will give you the necessary entry requirement for studies at universities and university colleges in Sweden.

Preparatory course in Swedish for new arrivals (only available in Swedish)

Do you have an upper secondary school diploma or did you start university studies in your home country and want to continue to study in Sweden?

This mentoring programme matches students from the University of Gothenburg with newcomers to Sweden to give newcomers an introduction to higher education studies in Sweden. It’s intended to be both fun and informative, with the mentor and mentee sharing their experiences and knowledge from different countries. Mentors and mentees meet at facilitated group meetings on various themes that can assist the mentees on their path to university studies. In between these group meetings, the mentors and mentees meet each other individually.

Due to COVID-19, the mentoring programme has been temporarily cancelled. For questions, please e-mail

The mentoring programme "University Friend" is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the Integration Centre of the City of Gothenburg. Please note that this requires that you can speak Swedish.

Would you like to try out studying at university and gain a better understanding of what academic studies entail? At the University of Gothenburg, you can audit lectures.

The lectures are given in Swedish or English. It’s essential that you have sufficient knowledge in one of these languages to be able to follow a lecture. Auditing lectures does not entitle you to any higher education credits and does not give you a priority if you apply to study at the University.

Contact if you are interested. State what subjects, programmes, or courses you are interested in auditing. We cannot guarantee that all lectures can be audited, so it’s a good idea to provide a number of alternatives.

Did you end up right?

Do you live outside Sweden and are considering studying at the University of Gothenburg? Please visit Study options.

Are you admitted to our University and is looking for information to prepare for your arrival and stay in Gothenburg? Please visit Before you arrive.

Evaluation and recognition of foreign qualifications

If you have previously studied at a university or university college, you can have your qualification evaluated for recognition by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). UHR's statement of recognition shows what your foreign qualifications correspond to in the Swedish education system. Having this statement is useful for planning your university studies or when looking for a job.

If you have a foreign upper secondary qualification, a statement from UHR will show whether this satisfies the general entry requirements for university studies in Sweden. The statement also shows if you satisfy the specific entry requirements in certain subjects. From this statement, you will know if you need to supplement your foreign qualifications before you can apply for university studies in Sweden.

Don’t have documentation of your foreign qualifications?

If you have a foreign post-secondary qualification but do not have the documentation for all or part of your qualification. In this situation, you can apply for a background paper, which is a description of foreign qualifications. By applying for a background paper from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), you obtain a useful document for planning further studies, validating your skills, or applying for jobs.

Validation of prior learning is about giving recognition to missing documents from previous studies or working for a long time within a profession. When you have been admitted to a course or programme at the University of Gothenburg we make an individual evaluation. The evaluation may include interviews with experts, theoretical or practical tests, or assignments.

No documents from your foreign education? (external page)

If you have questions about the University of Gothenburg's work with validation, contact our coordinator for validation, Pernilla Hultberg 

Fulfilling entry requirements for university

To be admitted for university studies prior knowledge is required. To fulfil the general entry requirements, you need to have:

  • Completed a foreign secondary school qualification.
  • Good knowledge of Swedish* and English.
  • You may also need a knowledge of mathematics, depending on when you left secondary school.

*A knowledge of Swedish will not be required for courses and programmes fully taught in English.

If you do not have a foreign upper secondary qualification, contact the adult education section in your home municipality for more information.

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Other ways of fulfilling entry requirements

If you cannot fulfil the formal general entry requirements for higher education studies, the University of Gothenburg can evaluate your experience from working life and from voluntary work or other activities through recognition of prior learning. This is an alternative way of proving that you have the competence for the education you have applied for.

Recognition of prior learning (information only available in Swedish)

Unsure about the general entry requirements?

You’ll find more information about general entry requirements, documentation, and important dates in the section Apply.

How to apply

You apply to study via (in Swedish) or (in English). The website lists courses and programmes of study taught in Swedish and to some extent also in English. The website lists courses and programmes of study taught in English at Swedish universities, as well as information about the application process.

Study counselling

Do you have further questions about planning your university studies? You are most welcome to contact the study counselors at the University of Gothenburg.