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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

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

If you have an academic degree: 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. Are you thinking about continuing university studies you were forced to withdraw from? You may need training in Swedish to reach the level for applying to higher education studies.

The University of Gothenburg offers the following study programmes:

Supplementary programme for doctors, dentists and nurses

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

Fast track for immigrant teachers and preschool teachers


This fast track is a cooperation between the University, Arbetsförmedlingen (AF, The employment agency) and the parties at the labour market. Language of education is Swedish and Arabic.

The course consists of three modules, practical training at a school/preschool and parallell studies in Swedish terminology within the profession and SFI/sva (Swedish as a second language). If you are interested, please contact your official in charge at Arbetsförmedlingen. They are the ones making the first selection of candidates for the course.

The fast track for 2016 started in November.
The next fast track will start in the autumn 2017 and will last 26 weeks.

Contact at the University of Gothenburg: Johan Hellgren

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

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 

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

Page Manager: Jessica Glanzelius|Last update: 9/22/2017
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