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The University of Gothenburg meets societal challenges with diverse knowledge. 37 000 students and 6 000 employees make the University a large and inspiring place to work and study, with a continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas.
Strong research and attractive study programs attract scientists and students from all around the world. The University of Gothenburg is environmentally certified and works actively for sustainable development. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University of Gothenburg contributes to a better future.
Courses offered in English include Scandinavian studies, business administration, computer science, economics, English, journalism, music, political science, public health, social welfare, sociology, and law. Students with advanced Swedish language skills can enroll in regular university classes. Language training in Swedish is available at all levels. Fine arts may be available to qualified students.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Full course descriptions are available online.
Review University of Gothenburg’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
Internships are also possible but you need to find a placement on your own. GU will award academic credit for internships and they may be able to provide recommendations of internship sites. Please contact us if you are interested in internships at GU!
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Your courses are taught by local faculty.
The Welcome Services at the University of Gothenburg can assist you with the housing process and placement. You will apply for housing online during certain application periods:
Autumn: 1 April – 15 May
Spring: 1 October – 15 November
Apply for housing online here
Note that it is very important that you apply within the application period. You will be informed about the outcome of your housing application after the application deadline.
Learn more about the housing options online here.
There are many places to eat on and near campus. A meal plan is not included.
Estimate of Costs
The University of Gothenburg Student Life department offers some estimates of living expenses online.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Juniors, seniors, and exceptional sophomores are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. Since coursework is available in English, there is no language requirement.
Being an international student is so much more than studying and going to class. It is also about creating a life with new friends in a new place, giving you memories that will last a lifetime. Learn more about how to get involved online here.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Check out the “student Gothenburg” website for more activities.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
Check out these testimonials!
“Moving to Gothenburg, Sweden has been one of the best choices I have made in my life. In the fall of 2017, I applied through the University of Albany for one semester at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. After being there for one week, I was in love with where I was. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, but still manages to feel cozy and intimate. The people were so kind and easy going and I had made friends from countries all over the world. I got to experience a culture and a way of living that was completely new to me. Overwhelmed and happy, I decided to stay for another semester. Staying for a full academic year allowed me to learn some Swedish, make more friends, and take courses that were taught in a perspective I have never been taught from before. Staying the whole academic year also allowed me to network in the school of global studies where I was taking courses and currently in the Spring of 2019, I am back in Sweden performing research for the school of Global Studies and also taking classes. I will be graduating on time in May 2019 and am looking forward to continuing my education at the University of Gothenburg in the Master’s program for Global Studies this fall. I could never have done this without so much support and guidance with Jay from the University of Albany, my academic advisors at Manhattan College, as well as the kind and helpful staff at the University of Gothenburg. Thanks to them I have been able to learn a new language, meet new people, and discover where I want to be.” – Jillian, International Studies Major
About the City
Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. The objective was to open up a window to the rest of the world. The city has developed considerably since then. In fact, from having been a traditional port and industrial city, Gothenburg has evolved into an exciting and modern centre for creativity and innovation. Today the city is a strong knowledge and information hub with a strong presence of its research-intensive pharmaceutical and automotive industries, as well as higher education, IT and media production. The city’s businesses include a number of international success stories within the fields of marketing, architecture, web design and special effects in film production. Moreover, several Gothenburg-based brands have attracted a lot of attention in the fashion world in recent years. Learn more online here.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You must apply for a residence permit. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring programs: July
- Fall/Year programs: December
Academic Year 2018-2019
8/25/2018 to 6/9/2019
8/25/2018 to 1/20/2019
1/21/2019 to 6/9/2019
Review the Academic Calendar online here. There is a welcome program and specific arrival days that will be available to you after admission.
About the Program
More information about the admission process for you as an Exchange Student is online here.
Check out this digital online brochure!
Learn more about the reasons why you should study at Gothenburg.
Facts and Figures about the University are online here.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at University of Gothenburg, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
University of Gothenburg’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.