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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 especially intended for people who are new to Sweden.

Do you want to study at our university, but are unsure what subjects we offer that you are interested in? We're here to help you, with general study counselling! Every Monday we offer online drop in at 12–13 pm for short questions on practical matters via Zoom.

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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 five facilitated group meetings on various themes that in various ways 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 canceled. 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? The University of Gothenburg allows you to audit lectures.

Lectures are given in Swedish or English. So 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 priority if you apply later 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 go to: Study options.

Do you live outside Sweden and are admitted to our University and looking for information that can help you prepare for your arrival and stay in Gothenburg? Please go to: 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 future 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. If you want to continue your studies in Sweden, it can be good to know from this statement whether you will 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 don’t have the documentation for all or part of your qualification, you can apply for a background paper, which is a description of a foreign qualification. By applying for a background paper from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), you can obtain a document that you can use when planning further studies, for validation of your skills, or when applying for jobs.

Validation of prior learning is about giving recognition to those who are missing documents from previous studies or have worked 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. There are different ways of doing this. The evaluation may include interviews with experts, theoretical or practical tests or assignments.

No documents from your foreign education? (external page)

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

Fulfilling entry requirements for university

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

  • Completed a foreign secondary school qualification
  • A 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, you should speak to 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 what is termed recognition of prior learning. This is an alternative way of demonstrating that you have the necessary competence to handle the course/programme you have applied for.

Recognition of prior learning (information only available in Swedish)

Unsure about whether you fulfil 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 all of the courses and programmes of study taught in Swedish and to some extent also in English. The website lists all the courses and programmes of study taught in English at Swedish universities as well as information about what you need to think about when applying for a programme of study or a course.

Study counselling

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