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New student? Welcome!

Welcome to the University of Gothenburg! Here you will find information you will need to get started with your studies. Note that there may be things specific to your department that you must also arrange at the start of the semester. You can always ask Servicecenter, your department or the staff at Welcome Services if you have any questions!

  • Studies both on campus and online this autumn

    For international students, the new decision states that international programmes and courses, as well as courses for incoming exchange students, are planned to be given on campus during the autumn, with elements of digital components. For those international students who are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in their home countries, digital studies will be provided.

    You will recieve information from you department or faculty about what applies to you.

    Information form faculties and departments about COVID19

    Find your department or faculty: My studies

  • Prevent the spread of infection

    The Public Health Agency of Sweden encourages everyone experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, however mild, to refrain from social contact, which might spread the disease. So be vigilant about symptoms, even mild ones. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of disease. 

    The Public Health Agency of Sweden has new general advice to reduce the spread of COVID-19, see Håll avstånd och ta personligt ansvar (“Keep your distance and exercise personal responsibility”; at the time of publishing, only available in Swedish). The advice to employers is that they, if possible, should ensure that all staff keep a distance from each other, can wash their hands regularly, work from home, avoid unnecessary travel, and can adjust their working hours to avoid rush hour traffic.

    To prevent the spread of infection:

    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, handling food, and after restroom visits. If you are not able to wash your hands, hand disinfection may be an option.
    • Avoid touching your face if you have unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with flexed elbow, or a paper handkerchief, when coughing or sneezing.
    • Keep a certain distance from people who are sneezing or coughing.
    • Stay home if you feel ill.

Course syllabus, reading list and schedule

No later than eight weeks before each course, information on course literature must be provided. Before new courses, many course managers send out e-mails with information about where to find the course's reading list, but you can also search for information on the web. Most departments publish reading lists together with the course syllabus in a searchable database.

At least two weeks before the start of the course, a course syllabus and schedule, including times for examination and compulsory parts, must be provided.

You can find information specific for your department and faculty in the section "My studies" here in the Student Portal.

Activate your Student Account (GU-konto)

With your student account you can log on to the Student Portal and access all digital services such as the learning management systems and the study documentation system.

If you have a permanent Swedish personal identity number and login information to universityadmissions.se or to eduID, you can activate your student account online.

Student accounts for international students

If you do not have a permanent Swedish personal identity number and login to universityadmissions.se or eduID, you have to get support to access your student account details. Servicecenter can help you with your account details.

Update your contact information and check your spam folder

To avoid missing important information from the University, you need to make sure that we have an up-to-date e-mail address.

Ladok is a system you will use to register on courses and finding you study results. It is important that your contact information in Ladok is correct. To check and update your contact information, log on to Ladok and click on “My pages”.

Note! Check the spam folder in your e-mail so that you don't miss any important mailing from your department.

Register for course or programme

Being admitted to a course or programme is not the same as being registered. You need to register for a course or programme in order to attend any course, get your GU card and have access to the university’s web services.

Contact your department if you have not received any information about when and how to register. The registration process for international students differs between different departments. At some departments you can register online by yourself via the study documentation system Ladok. If you are unsure about how to register contact your department.

Make sure to bring a proof of identity with you if you are going to register manually at your department!

Log in to your student e-mail

All students at the University of Gothenburg gets a personal e-mail account when activating the student account. The e-mail is provided via Google and also gives you access to a calendar, storage space and online document editing.

If you do not want to use your student e-mail, it is important that you log on to the e-mail account so you can turn on an automatic forwarding to another e-mail address that you use, to make sure that you won’t miss important information from the University.

Log in to the learning management system Canvas and download the app

The University of Gothenburg uses the web-based learning management system Canvas.

You must be registered on a course to gain full access to Canvas, but you can log on as soon as you have activated your student account.

You can download the Canvas app.

Install Zoom and test your device

The University of Gothenburg uses the video meeting service Zoom to meet digitally. Zoom can be used both for activities organized by teachers and collaborations between students.

You can download Zoom to your computer, tablet or phone and you log in with your student account. It is possible to start Zoom meetings both through the Zoom software and via the Canvas learning managament system.

Make sure you have the technical equipment needed to use Zoom. When you install the program, you can test the audio and video on your device.

Order your GU card only if you need it

The GU card functions as an access card, a library card and for printing and copying.

Due to Covid-19 we ask that you only order your GU card if you:

  • need access to locked buildings
  • need to borrow physical books in the University Library

You can order your GU card if you have an active student account. You upload you own photo and choose at which Servicecenter to pick up your card. When your GU card is ready, you will get an e-mail to your student e-mail address.

You get access to your faculty when you have an active course registration. Find information about the availability at your faculty via the link below.

You use the GU card to borrow physical books at the University Library; to access digital resources you need only your student account. You will need your GU card to access some of the University Library buildings.

For printing and copying you can use the touch display on any university printer to log in with your student account and print, copy and scan without the GU card.

Please note that the GU card does not provide student discounts, for that you need a Mecenat card.



Apply for a personal identity number or contact the Swedish Tax Agency

Students staying in Sweden for more than a year

Students who are planning to study in Sweden for one year or more must be registered in the Swedish population register. Once registered, you will be issued a personal identity number ("personnummer").

This number will simplify a whole range of transactions in the Swedish society, such as acquiring an identity card, opening a bank account or visiting a doctor. You can hand in your application for a personal identity number at the Tax Agency's office located at Östra Hamngatan 16.

Skatteverket (Swedish Tax Agency website)

Important: Once you receive your personal identity number, contact an administrator at your department to replace the temporary identification number in the University's system. This will help you avoid future administrative problems.


Students staying in Sweden less than a year

Students staying less than a year in Sweden are not registered in the Swedish population register and cannot therefore obtain a personal identity number ("personnummer").

If you do not have a personal identity number but would like to open a bank account, work and pay taxes you can receive a co-ordination number ("samordningsnummer").

You apply for a co-ordination number at the Tax Agency’s office.

Skatteverket (Swedish Tax Agency website)

Welcome activities and student life

The University of Gothenburg wants to welcome all new students. Welcome Services usually hosts several welcome activities for new international students. This autumn semester will be different, but we are happy to be able to host a Welcome Day online. The student associations are currently planning the start of the autumn semester and how the combined digital and campus intruductions will affect their activities.

Welcome Day Online: Wednesday 26 August

Wednesday 26 August there will ba a Welcome Day - online. The University of Gothenburg formally welcomes you to the University and the start of the Autumn 2020 semester. This year, we are preparing a slightly unusual Welcome Day, in that it will take place online. We will publish more information here when we have finalised the programme.

Welcome activities hosted by student associations

There are four students unions at the University of Gothenburg. Which union you belong to depends on what you are going to study. The student unions have several different associations, pubs and activities.

The sstudent associations are currently planning the start of the autumn semester and how the combined digital and campus intruductions will affect their activities. Check out the student unions websites for more information!

Learning Swedish

Learning Swedish

There are many ways to learn Swedish once you are here. The University of Gothenburg offers courses in Swedish for international programme students (free movers) and the Swedish Institute has free online courses in Swedish.

The University of Gothenburg: Swedish language courses for international programme students

Study in Sweden: Learning Swedish

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