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Welcome to the University of Gothenburg! Starting university is an adventure and there is a lot of information to take in. On this page you will find information to help you get started with your studies. Keep in mind 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 (which you'll find on My studies) or the staff at Welcome Services if you have any questions!

New in Sweden?

For many, studying at the University of Gothenburg not only means starting a new education - it also means moving to a new country.

We have gathered som information about life in Sweden

Autumn 2021

From the start of the autumn semester 2021, an adapted gradual return to campus will take place, in accordance with the respective department’s circumstances and planning. Not everyone will be able to come back at the same time, but the goal is to offer some campus-based teaching in all courses during the autumn term.

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

About the autumn semester 2021

Watch the introductory video about our digital services

During your studies, you will use various services and tools. Some you'll even need to access before your course starts. In this film, we give a brief introduction to the most common digital services for students. If you continue reading on this page, you will find more information and links.

You can also read more about Services and tools on the Student Portal.

Access your Student Account

With your student account you can log on to the Student Portal and access all digital services such as the learning management system Canvas and the study documentation system Ladok. 
Note that the activation of the account can be done from August 10 if you are admitted in the second admission round.

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

Student accounts for international students

If you do not have a permanent Swedish personal identity number, or if you do but don't have login to universityadmissions.se, eduID or Freja eID Plus, you have to get support to access your student account details. Servicecenter can help you with your account details.

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!

Course syllabus, reading list and schedule

Reading list

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.


Course syllabus must be provided at least two weeks before the start of the course.


Students should have access to their schedule, including times for examination and compulsory parts, no later than two weeks before the start of the course. You can search for your schedule in the university booking system, TimeEdit. Note that schedules in Time Edit can be changed up to two weeks before the start of the course.

My studies – information specifik for your studies

You can find information specific for your department and faculty in the section My studies on the Studen Portal.

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 the system you will use to register on courses and to find your 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.

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.

We recommend you to download the Canvas app.

Log in to your student e-mail

All students at the University of Gothenburg gets a personal e-mail account when activating their 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.

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 organised 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 management system.

Make sure you have the technical equipment needed to use Zoom. When you install the programme, 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. As a distance student, you do not usually need to get a GU card.

You can order and pick up your GU card at any time during your time as a student as long as you have an active student account. It takes 2-4 working days from ordering until your card is ready to pick up.

Due to COVID-19 we ask that you wait to pick up your GU card until you:

  • need access to locked buildings
  • need to borrow physical books in the University Library
  • need access to certain libraries only open to those with GU card

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 can access the printing service and digital library resources via your student account.

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 studying for more than 365 days

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.

Students studying in Sweden less than a year

It is the length of the study period rather than the time you live in Sweden that decides if you shall be registered and socially insured in Sweden or not. If the length of your studies are 366 days or more you can apply at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to become registered.

How to apply

You can hand in your application for a personal identity number at the Tax Agency's office located at Östra Hamngatan 16.

Skatteverkets has produced a film about moving to Sweden

European students must bring their EHIC card, or purchase a comprehensive health insurance in order to register with the Swedish Tax Agency. Read more about Comprehensive health insurance in Skatteverket.se. Students who have paid tuition will not have to provide documents of health insurance since your tuition fees includes such an insurance.

Notify Servicecenter your personal identity number

Once you receive your personal identity number, contact servicecenter to replace the temporary identification number in the University's system. This will help you avoid future administrative problems.

More information

Skatteverket: Moving to Sweden (Swedish Tax Agency website)

Study in Sweden: How to apply for a Swedish personal identity number & ID

Welcome programme and student life

The University of Gothenburg wants to welcome all new students. Welcome Services usually hosts several welcome activities for new international students.

Welcome Day, 25 August

The Welcome Day will be held online this year. We will run the programme twice on 25 August, so that as many of you as possible will be able to join. Expect welcome speeches and introductions to university services, such as the GU card, University Library, student unions and more.

Watch a recording from Welcome Day, 25 August

Swedes and student life in Gothenburg, 26 August

Meet our guest speaker Vanessa and international students who have been here a year or longer at this online event. Vanessa will be drawing upon her unique first-hand experiences moving to Sweden and solid theoretical knowledge of intercultural competence to give a presentation on the Swedes and intercultural competence in Sweden.

The students will then form a panel and talk about their experiences, as well as answering questions from you about life as a student in Gothenburg. You will be able to submit questions in the chat. We will send you an invitation in August, together with the invitation to the Welcome Day.

Watch the recording from the webinar Swedes and student life in Gothenburg, 26 August. Please note the the recording is available until midnight between Sunday 5 and Monday 6 September.

Welcome Pack

We are putting together a Welcome Pack for you, which contains maps of the city, information from the University, and more. How we distribute it will be based on the situation with the pandemic in August. We will let you know in August.

Check when and where you can pick up your Welcome Pack (scroll down to Welcome Pack)

Welcome activities hosted by student unions

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. Check out the student unions websites for more information!

Page Manager: Student Portal|Last update: 8/10/2021

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