About University of Gävle

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus

The University of Gävle has approximately 14 500 students and more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes. 500 courses are offered in the fields of Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences and Technology.

Research Profiles

Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the overarching research profiles of the University of Gävle. Fields of excellence are, for instance, Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the University of Gävle received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.

Quick facts​

  • Number of students: 14 500
  • Number of employees: 700
  • Study programmes and second-cycle programmes: 50
  • Number of courses: 500

Distance Education

Sooner than many more traditional universities, we have adapted the programmes to the demands of the market and dared to try new types of teaching e g different forms of distance education. Today, the University of Gävle is one of Sweden's leading universities when it comes to distance education. Certain distance courses have meetings on one of the campus sites, others are based on modern IT support only. The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in their home town and still carry out academic studies.


Our campus at Kungsbäck in Gävle offers a lovely study environment with all programmes in one location. It is a place of knowledge only a few minutes from the centre.

Our campus is situated in a scenic area with Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest as our closest neighbours. The carefully re-built regiment barracks now contain a campus concentrated in space, enabling students, teachers and researchers alike to work together in close connection.

However, our university promotes close connections not only on campus but also with our region and the rest of the world.

Landmark Dates

  • 1977 Founding of the university
  • 1996 Inauguration of the new campus
  • 1999 Addition of Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology
  • 2000 Addition of Built Environment Research Division, formerly affiliated with the Royal Institute of Technology
  • 2003 Addition of the Centre for Musculoskeletal research
  • 2004 Awarded Environmental Certification ISO 14001 standard
  • 2006 Inauguration of the new University Library

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Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth

Updated: 2017-02-14

About the University