Welcome to a university where students and their interests are our focus of attention. Our ambition is that you, the student, will gain valuable in-depth knowledge in your field of study while at the same time enjoying Sweden and the city of Gävle.
Our Campus in Gävle offers a beautiful study environment. It is a place of knowledge only a few minutes from the city centre and is located in a scenic area with Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest as our closest neighbours.
Our prime area of focus is centred on a sustainable human living environment. Our work for sustainability includes ecological, social as well as economic aspects which are integrated throughout the University on all levels and promoted by research.
All students, faculty members and staff are important in our efforts to develop knowledge, understanding and competence for a sustainable living environment for all future generations. The university has always been a forerunner for sustainable development in higher education and was one of the first universities in Sweden to reach certification of our environmental management system according to ISO 14001 standard in July 2004.
The University of Gävle has a leading position in education and research for a sustainable human living environment.”
Vision, University of Gävle
Sweden, located in northern Europe in the region of Scandinavia, is a country full of potential for any student. Swedish innovation has led to a range of successful brands such as Volvo, IKEA, Ericsson, Sandvik, Tetrapak, Astra Zeneca as well as Skype, Spotify, Minecraft and H&M. Sweden, the third largest country in the European Union is also great place to partake in outdoor activities such as skiing, tenting or fishing by the seaside. The countryside, as well as outdoor recreation, is accessible to anyone. With vast landscapes covered in forests and mountains in the north, to modern cities and internationally renowned companies, a stay in Sweden is something more valuable than studies alone.
The University has approximately 14 500 students. It offers more than 50 study programs and second-cycle programs and 500 courses covering humanities, social and natural sciences as well as technology. International programmes are offered in several fields, such as Business Administration and Electronics/Automation. Moreover the University offers an entire programme in English, Energy Engineering online, which is completely web based.
International educational exchanges and academic cooperation across national boundaries have long been a tradition at the University. A range of courses and international programs taught in English open opportunities for foreign students to study here.
The main part of this international collaboration takes place at the undergraduate and master degree levels. International mobility at undergraduate level has mainly occurred with other EU countries and with our bilateral partners in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. International mobility at graduate level in turn consists of incoming students from all over the world, but especially from south Asia, China and a number of countries in Africa.
Today the University has more than 90 international partnerships, resulting in a large number of international students. Moreover, the on-going international exchange of Gävle faculty members and teachers create a stable foundation for the University´s international network of educational programs and research projects. We also have a number of exciting full time programmes taught in English.
If you are interested in our programmes and courses taught in Swedish, see Our Programmes and Courses
Gävle is located on the east coast, about two hours north of Stockholm – the capital of Sweden. The city has approximately 100,000 inhabitants and can offer a wide selection of activities, from sports to culture to nightlife. There over 500 non-profit organisations, ranging from triathlon, and running clubs to dance and cultural interaction. Just bordering the city you find the popular Hemlingby recreational area, covered in forest, but also mire and pastures. The area has a number of well-prepared hiking trails, suited for running and mountain biking as well as for skiing during winter.
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All students who are obliged to pay a tuition fee at the University can apply for a Gävle Study Scholarship. Since 2011, over five million Swedish crowns have been awarded to promising, excellent and hardworking students from all over the world. For further information concerning scholarships see; scholarships
The municipality of Gävle offers incoming international students an accommodation guarantee. For further information concerning accommodation see accommodation
For more information about, Sweden see, www.studyinsweden.se
For more information about the city of Gävle, see www.visitgavle.se
For more information about the application procedure; www.universityadmission.se
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