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Education for those with Refugee Background

Do you have a refugee background and currently live in Sweden? Are you thinking about studying at a university or maybe continue university studies you were forced to withdraw from? Here we direct you to useful information about the many opportunities at the University of Gothenburg.

If you already have a university education, you may need supplementary training to be able to work in your occupation in Sweden. Here you can read more about our supplementary study programmes. We also write about some other activities that can give you inspiration and increase your knowledge.

Studying at the University of Gothenburg

Are you a newcomer and want to find out what grades and prior knowledge you need, how to get credits for your previous university studies or where to apply for admission?

Recognition of prior learning

Since the fall of 2016, the University of Gothenburg is developing a university-wide model for recognition of prior learning. The development of the model is being made in close cooperation with the Swedish Council for Higher Education and other universities in Sweden.

As the work progresses, the model for recognition of prior learning will be applicable later in 2017. This will be a more effective and legally secure method ensuring the process for those who want to have their prior learning recognized because of their lacking of formal qualifications when applying for a course or program at the University of Gothenburg.

Here you can find more information about recognition of prior learning

Please contact our study counsellors for more information

On the website of Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) you can read more about how they evaluate foreign qualifications for people who wish to continue studying

Here you can see a film about recognition of foreign qualifications.

Courses and Programmes

The University of Gothenburg offers 1400 courses and 180 study programmes that you can apply for. The application period depends on whether you want to apply for a course or a programme.

Read more about courses and programmes

Preparatory course in Swedish for new arrivals

Are you new in Sweden and want to continue your academic studies at a Swedish university or college? By taking courses in Swedish you will have the qualifications in Swedish that are required for studies at universities and colleges in Sweden.

Read more about preparatory course (Swedish page)

Fast Track

Are you new in Sweden and have expericence and eduction within a profession in which there is a lack of people? Then a fast track can give you an introduction to the labour market. Fast track doesn’t give higher education credits but often you are offered internships, language training and education. Fast track at the university of Gothenburg can also prepare for an application to a supplementary Study Programme.

The University of Gothenburg offers the following Fast Track:

Fast track for immigrant teachers and preschool teachers


This fast track is a cooperation between Arbetsförmedlingen (AF, The employment agency),the parties at the labour market, the University of Gothenburg, Linköping University, Malmö University, Stockholm University, Umeå University and Örebro University. The education gives you an introduction to how it is to work a Swedish school and prescool, and lasts for 26 weeks. Language of education is Swedish and Arabic.

The course consists of three themes with workplace-based learning (APL) at school/preschool, and parallell studies in Swedish as a second language (SFI/SVA). The content of the course focuses on how Swedish school and preschool are managed and organized, the teatchers´s work, diadactics and learning.

If you are a newly arrived teacher or preschool teacher with Arabic as a native language, and interested in the education, contact Arbetsförmedlingen. Arbetsförmedlingen makes the first selection of candidates for the education.

During the fall of 2018 there will be two courses at the University of Gothenburg: 21 August and 3 December. Even in autumn 2019 two course starts are planned.

Contact at the University of Gothenburg: Maria Jansson

Here you can open and download a pdf file with information about the course in Arabic

Supplementary Study Programmes

If you have already started your professional career, you may need supplementary training to be able to work in your field in Sweden. Participation in a Supplementary Study Programme gives you higher education credits and after completion you can apply for the license needed to work within your profession.
If you have an academic degree the University of Gothenburg offers the following study programmes:

Supplementary programme for doctors, dentists, nurses, parmacists and biomedical scientists.

The Government has asked the University of Gothenburg, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University and Lund University to offer supplementary programs for individuals who have degrees in medicine, dentistry or nursing from non-EU countries (with the exception of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

All programs begin each fall semester, provided that resources have been appropriated.

Programme coordinator: Pernilla Hultberg, Sahlgrenska Academy 
Read more about the programmes

Complementary Education for Foreign Teachers: the ULV Programme

Did you get your teacher training abroad and would like to work as a teacher in Sweden? Then you may be interested in enrolling in a special fast track programme that gives you the credentials you will need in order to apply for a teaching certificate from the Swedish National Agency for Education. The so-called ULV programme targets those who have completed a post-secondary teaching degree outside Sweden.

For more information, please contact: Johan Hellgren

Here you can download a pdf with information in Arabic

Supplementary social work education for persons with a foreign degree, 90 credits

Do you want to become a social worker and have studied at a foreign university, have a Bachelor in social work or equivalent, and at least two years' professional experience of practical social work? Then you can search for our new supplementary education and read to a Swedish degree in social work!
For more information, please contact Tina Bergendahl.

Read more about the supplementary social work education. (Swedish page)

Information meetings

Have you been forced to withdraw from studies or an academic career? To help improve access and participation in higher education the University of Gothenburg and Arbetsförmedlingen, in collaboration with Integrationscentrum, invite prospective students with refugee background to introductory and information meetings. The meetings will be scheduled twice every semester and will take place at the main university building.

If you are interested in pursuing university studies you are also offered further information and guidance in the form of coordinated follow-up individual or group sessions that can be booked at the end of each meeting.

Read more about the information meetings

For more information please contact Catherine Gillo Nilsson, Educational Affairs.

Online Linguistic Support, OLS

OLS is an online, free of charge service for language studies and tests. During a three-years period licenses are made available to individuals included in EU definition of refugees. The objective is to support efforts for university studies. The University of Gothenburg have access to 400 licenses.

Here you can read more about OLS and apply for a license 

Be a guest-student

Do you want attend a course at the university and gain an insight into university studies in Sweden? As an asylum seeker or a newcomer, you may attend courses at the University of Gothenburg as a guest student.

As a guest student you attend university lectures without taking examinations or writing assignments. No credits can therefore be earned.

This is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the Swedish academic system and study environment at the University of Gothenburg. Being a guest student will hopefully inspire and help you in your future study plans.

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Seminars and Public Lectures

The University of Gothenburg arranges seminar series and lectures that are open to anybody who is interested. Attend an event and learn about the latest research in the area, develop your professional knowledge, gain inspiration or make new contacts.

When: Continuously throughout the year, advertised in the University calendar.

Check out the calendar for upcoming events

Picture: Adrienne Keszthelyi, student Human Resource Management and Labour Relations

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