As the end of your studies approaches, there are certain things that are good for you to keep track of. Find all important information about what you need to know before you leave the University of Gothenburg.
Before you depart (international student)
Before the semester ends, take some time to think about what returning home from Sweden means for you practically.
Remember to contact your host in good time to give notice of termination of the contract. Leave all keys and don’t forget any personal belongings. In Sweden it is a custom that you do a full cleaning of your apartment before departure. Contact Welcome Services for a checklist for cleaning, email@example.com.
It is very important to contact your Swedish bank to cancel your accounts, even if you do not use the account anymore. The account will not shut down automatically, and the bank will automatically contact you until you give them notice. NB: Wait until you have received your last salary before you close your account.
If you move abroad and plan to stay away for a year or longer, you shall no longer be registered in Sweden. In such cases, you should notify the Swedish Tax Agency that you are moving abroad, no later than one week prior to your departure.
The Swedish pension consists of three parts: retirement pension (state pension system), occupational pension (employment) and private pension. Read more about the pension at the Swedish Pension Agency (SPV) spv.se/en/About-your-pensions/.
Digital tools and your documents
After your studies, your access to many of the systems, programs, and licenses you used during your studies will be limited or discontinued. It's important that you are aware of these changes and what actions you need to take.
Your student account will be deleted 12 months after your last course registration in Ladok. If you register for a course again in the future, your account will be automatically recreated, but you will need a new password for it to work. The content of your student email and OneDrive will not be retained if the account is recreated.
We recommend that you download and create backups of important documents and emails on all services connected to your student account, such as the learning platform Canvas, OneDrive, and your student email. These will not be retained when your student account is deleted and cannot be recovered.
Even after you've left us, there may be times when we need to contact you, and it's important to make sure that we have your correct contact details. For instance, your degree certificate will be sent to the email address you've provided in Ladok when you apply for graduation.
If you've been using your student email, you should also inform those who only know your student email how they can reach you.
If you have completed freestanding courses, you may have the opportunity to build your own degree. in this case, ou combine courses yourself to earn a degree in a specific field, instead of studying a programme with predetermined courses. It's important to note that only certain degrees can be obtained without following a program.
To celebrate and congratulate all newly graduated students, many programmes invite their students to a graduation ceremony at the end of their studies. If you have the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony (some may use different names, such as closing ceremony), you will receive information from your education.
If you have completed a programme with a focus on a specific profession that requires a license for you to be able to work, you often need to apply for the license after graduating. If you plan to work in healthcare, you can find more information and apply for licensure through the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen). The Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) provides information about teacher and preschool teacher license.
Now it's time to take the step into your professional life, and we've gathered some tips on how you can continue your journey with us.
As a university alumnus, you are invited to join the alumni network at the University of Gothenburg. By becoming a member, you will be part of a valuable network with alumni in various industries and workplaces, primarily in Western Sweden but also in other parts of Sweden and across more than 80 countries globally.
When you join the network you get to:
Participate in alumni gatherings, lectures, webinars, seminars, networking events and similar activities.
Subscribe to newsletters containing upcoming events, the latest research, offers, professional development and education.
Guest lecture at the University, serve as a mentor and inspire students in their career choices.
Utilize our job posting portal to offer internships, thesis projects, research collaborations or recruit students and alumni.
Get a 20% discount on an annual gym and group training membership and enjoy a free trial week at Fysiken in Gothenburg. Valid at: Gibraltargatan or Fysiken Kaserntorget.
Doctoral studies enable you to develop a deeper understanding of a scientific field, and as a doctoral student, you will make significant contributions to research at the University of Gothenburg. Doctoral studies consist of 240 credits, equivalent to four years of full-time study, and lead to a Doctoral degree.
With us, you have the opportunity to learn more and develop your competence throughout your life. We offer a wide range of freestanding courses. Some are available online, and several are offered at half or quarter pace, making them suitable for those who are working.
Throughout your university education, you gain diverse knowledge and skills. Regardless of your chosen field of study, there are often numerous avenues to explore after graduation.
Career paths after graduation
Just because your studies with us are complete doesn't mean our journey has to end – maybe you'd like to become our colleague now? At the University of Gothenburg, you can find job vacancies in everything from teaching and research to educational administration, statistics, or IT support technicians.
International House Gothenburg provide international talents, here to work or study, with an efficient, personal and professional reception into our region. They provide talent advisory service, career support, events and activities.
The University Library
You can still use the library once you finished your studies!
Remember to return any books to the University Library to avoid fines or replacement fees. Log in to the 'My Loans' service to check if you have any borrowed books and when they need to be returned. You can return what you have borrowed at any of the libraries within Gothenburg University Library, regardless of where you borrowed the material.
Your GU card will continue to function as a library card, but to reserve books and manage your loans, you will need to log in using the number on your GU card instead of your GU account.
When you no longer have a GU account, access to e-material is limited, and services for students with reading difficulties are restricted, but you will still have access to audiobooks.