Welcome to the University of Gothenburg! We are so pleased that you have chosen to study with us. When you start att university there's a lot to remember. Here are some key things you'll need to do to set yourself up for the studies ahead.
What you need to do as a new student
This list contain general information that applies to all new students. There will most probably be additional information from your faculty or department.
Please read the information provided by your education
Our education is organised and run by eight faculties, each with departments responsible for the education within specific subjects. Scroll down on this page to read information from the department and/or faculty responsible for your education. Their information is specific for you and your classmates.
When logged in with your student account, additional information is automatically displayed from the faculty and department to which your education belongs. You'll find that most pages on the Student Portal work like this!
If you're an international student, there are several things you should know and do before arriving to ensure a smooth transition and a successful stay. Welcome Services offers information and assistance to international researchers, faculty, staff, and students in matters concerning the arrival to and their stay at the University of Gothenburg.
All students at the University of Gothenburg have a student account. You will use your student account throughout your entire period of study, including logging in to the Student Portal, the Canvas learning platform and Ladok. You also need a student account to access your student email, order a GU card, and use the university's Eduroam Wi-Fi.
For the spring semester of 2024, you can activate your student account from January 2. For courses that start during the ongoing semester or in the summer, there is no fixed date, but you will always be able to access your student account in connection with registration.
As an international student, you activate your student account by visiting a Servicecenter. Remember to bring a valid ID such as a passport or driving licence. For those arriving during the weekend 13 -14 January, Servicecenter will be open on Sunday 14 January 12-16.00
If you are an international student studying a distance course, please contact Servicecenter for assistance.
If you have a permanent Swedish personal identity number, you can activate your student account yourself using BankID, eduID, Freja eID Plus or login information to universityadmissions.se:
If you are studying a programme or course that includes classes at Chalmers campus or if you are studying alongside Chalmers students, you may also need a Chalmers ID (CID). Scroll down on the page to get information from your program.
o secure your spot, make sure to register for your program by the specified deadline. Registration is a requirement to begin your course or program. Please note that registration details, including date, time, and location, may vary for different courses and programs.
It is only when you are registered that you are officially counted as a student in that semester and are allowed to attend classes in the course, receive student aid from CSN, renew your GU card, access courses in Canvas, and take exams.
Registration is usually done through Ladok for students, but sometimes the department responsible for the course handles registration at the course's beginning.
Two weeks before your course begins, you should have access to the course syllabus. For each course, there is also a list of literature, which should be available no later than eight weeks before the course starts.
At the latest two weeks before the course starts, you should have access to the schedule for the course. Most schedules can be found in the university's booking system, TimeEdit. Schedules in TimeEdit may be preliminary and subject to changes up to two weeks before the course starts.
The University of Gothenburg's uses the learning management system Canvas. In Canvas you'll find course rooms for your current courses, a digital space where you can find, for example, learning resources, assignments and results.
You must be registered for a course to have full access to Canvas, but you can log in to Canvas as soon as you have activated your student account. Canvas is also available to download as an app.
The GU card is the University's multifunctional card. It serves as an access card, a library card at the University Library, and for using the University's printers. Typically, if you are studying remotely, you may not need to obtain a GU card. However, if you know that you will want to borrow books from the University Library, it's a good idea to order a GU card.
Access card for Chalmers
If your programme or course includes classes at the Chalmers campus or if you are studying alongside Chalmers students, you may need to obtain an access card for Chalmers facilities. Scroll down on the page for program-specific information.
Other facilities with their own access cards
There are certain locations where you don't use your GU card for access, such as when you're studying at Campus Steneby or in Mariestad.
For specific information relevant to your situation, please refer to the details provided by the faculties and departments further down on this page or on the Finding your way on the University page.
As a student at the University of Gothenburg, you will have your own email account through Microsoft Outlook. Your student email is created when you activate your student account. To be able to access the student email and the other services in Microsoft 365, you need to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) when logging in.
It's important to monitor your student email
Sometimes, the University sends information directly to your student email, so it's essential to keep an eye on your student email inbox:
A convenient way to do this is through notifications in the Outlook app, which you can download to your phone. By enabling notifications in the app, you can see if you have received a new email in your inbox.
Another option is to forward your student emails to another inbox.
To ensure that you do not miss important information from the University, it's essential that we have the correct contact information for you. There are several different systems that manage your contact details.
Student life is about more than just studies and lectures! At the beginning of each semester, many different welcome activities are organized for new students, giving you the opportunity to get to know other new students and the student life in Gothenburg
International Student Welcome Programme
The International Student Welcome Programme is held at the beginning of each semester. The programme of events and activities provides international students with practical information about the University and living in Gothenburg. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet other international students and Student Buddies from all over the world.
Welcome Day 11 January
On January 11, the Welcome Program kicks off with a Welcome Day that you can participate in online. You'll get information about the University's digital services, the Servicecenter, student unions, Mecenat, and much more.
You will be able to ask the presenters questions via the Q&A feature in Zoom.
Welcome activities hosted by student unions
At the University of Gothenburg, there are four student unions, all of which organize various welcome activities. Which union you belong to depends on what you are going to study.
Your student union is also on your side throughout your studies, protecting your interests both in and outside the lecture halls. Check out your student unions website for more information!
It is important that you feel well and that you experience being able to manage your studies effectively. If you need support regarding your health and wellbeing, you can contact the student healthcare services at the University. There are also resources that you can use on your own.
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