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Exchange Students

Studying in Gävle is a great opportunity to explore Sweden, Swedish culture and meet new friends! To study as an exchange student at the University of Gävle you have to be selected and nominated by our partner university in your home country. Learn more about it below!

Information for you as an exchange student

Important information for you as an exchange student. You can read about what happens before, during and after the exchange and much more!

Incoming Exchange Students Information Folder

How is it to study at University of Gävle?

Conor from Ireland and Susanna from Spain tell us a little about what they think about studying at the University of Gävle and how they like Gävle.

Our Partner Universities

University of Gävle has exchange agreements with countries all around the world! Our exchange porgrammes include Erasmus+ and Linnaeus-Palme. Please check with your university if you can apply for exchange studies at University of Gävle.

Nomination and online application

When you have been selected by your university for the exchange, your university will nominate you to us at University of Gävle. When we have received your nomination as an exchange student from our partner university/your home university, we will send you an email with information for the online application process and the links needed to apply.

Fact Sheet 2024/2025

Planning your semester

It is essential that you understand how you should map your courses and plan your semester before you submit your exchange application.

When applying for courses, please note the weeks the course is given and the study pace, to avoid schedule clashes. This can make choosing your courses complicated, as you must not only find courses that are interesting and where you meet the entry requirements, but you must also make sure that you are able to combine the courses so that they do not clash.

At many universities around the world you will study a number of courses in parallel for the entire semester, whereas at University of Gävle it is normal that you take courses sequentially – that is, one after the other, not in parallel. Full time courses are usually taken one after the other (consecutive scheduling) or, if the courses are part time, two courses may be taken during the same time period (parallel scheduling).

Course entry requirements

You must meet the entry requirements for each course you select. Please refer to the individual course syllabus. Where a specific number of credits is required within a specific subject, you must refer to specific courses in your transcript of records. The more specific the entry requirements, the more specific your answer must be. For example: if a course requires “object-oriented programming” it is not enough to have taken any programming course, it must be in object-oriented programming.

Course Catalogue

Online Learning Agreement (OLA)

We encourage you to start using the OLA and Erasmus+ App. For more information about OLA, speak to the International Office at your University.

University of Gävle uses Online Learning Agreement

Study period

The period a course is offered is defined by actual dates. There are four periods during a an academic year. Autumn semester includes study period 1 and 2 while Spring semester includes study period 3 and 4.

Credits and study hours

The duration and extent of programmes and courses is expressed in a system of credits equivalent to ECTS credits - that is, you take 30 credits per semester for full time studies. A full academic year corresponds to 60 credits, thus, one semester corresponds to 30 credits. Furthermore, one semester corresponds to 20 weeks and one week corresponds to 40 hours of study. Each week of full-time study is worth 1.5 credits. University uses

Study load

  • 100 % study load equals full-time studies, i.e. 7,5 credits over 5 weeks
  • 50 % study load equals half-time studies, i.e. 7,5 credits over 10 weeks
  • 25 % study load equals part-time studies, i.e. 7,5 credits over 20 weeks

Grading system

  1. A Excellent, B Very Good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, F Fail, FX Fail (some more work required to pass)
  2. G Pass / Pass Course only, U Fail
  3. G Pass, VG Pass with Distinction, U Fail


Student accommodation

You have to apply for accommodation yourself at one of the housing companies. Please remember to do it well in advance before your arrival.

Arrival/Departure certificate

As a Erasmus+ student you need to have a Arrival/Departure certificate signed and stamped by the International Office in order to get your Erasmus grand. This certificate is something you provide to us at the International Office.

According to the Erasmus+ the certificate can only be signed once you arrive and not before. Once the semester starts you can email your certificate to studentsupport@hig.se

After you finish your studies your departure certificate will be signed, not before.

International Committee, IntU Gefle

The focus for the International Committee, IntU Gefle is international students at University of Gävle.

This newly formed committee is a part of the Student Union, Gefle Studentkår. The committee’s main purpose is to create opportunities for international students to meet each other, explore the city and of course take part of the Swedish student life.

IntU Gefle organizes welcome weeks at the beginning of each semester when you will be divided into smaller groups. The welcome weeks are filled with a wide diversity of fun events for you to enjoy together with your group as well as with other international students. The welcome weeks take place during the first couple of weeks of the semester. IntU Gefle will keep organizing events every now and then during the semester. You will receive more information in an email one week before the semester starts.

If you have any questions, you are the most welcome to contact IntU Gefle via Instagram messages @intugefle

Study in Sweden & Erasmus Student Network Sweden

Read more about studying in Sweden here: studyinsweden.se/

Join the Erasmus Student Network Sweden

Published by: Anna Hansson Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2024-03-28
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