Welcome to the University of Gävle and Bachelor of Science in Social Work - specialisation International Social Work!

On this page you can read more about your programme, the introduction for international students and how to get started with your studies!

Get started with your studies!

To be able to use the university web services, register for your courses, take out library books and more, you need to first go through our "Five steps to get started".

Introduction for international students

The International Office at the University of Gävle welcome you to to the introduction for international students on 30th of August. All international students are encouraged to participate. At the introduction day you will receive information about the University of Gävle, as well as practical information about studying and living in Sweden. Please send an e-mail to studentcentrum@hig.se to confirm your attendance at the introduction day.

About the programme

Programme introduction and registration

Programme introduction and registration

Registration and an introductory session to your programme is held on September 2, at 10.15 in room 51:220 by Assistant Programme Director, Dr Brita Backlund Rambaree.

If you cannot attend the programme introduction session, you need to contact your faculty in advance: kurs-aha@hig.se. If you are absent from the programme introduction without informing us, you will lose your place on the programme.

Please note that the semester starts September 2 and it is important to participate from the beginning. To keep your place on the programme you must arrive in Gävle and start the programme before September 30.

Student accommodation is not provided by the University of Gävle and you should make your own arrangements for accommodation prior to arriving in Gävle.

Programme information

Programme information from your programme director

  • The programme is offered on a full-time basis, on campus. The programme is open to applicants from all over the world and the programme language is English. The programme consist of three years of studies and each year is divided into two semesters. Each semester you follow courses that together amount to 30 credits.
  • During the first semester you will first study Social Work and Social Problems, 15 credits, followed by Social Policy in a National and International Perspective I, 7.5 credits, and then Basics Perspectives on Scientific Theory and Research Methods in Social Work, 7.5 credits.
Programme timetable
In preparation for your first courses

In preparation for your first courses

Your first course starts September 2 with introduction and a lecture. This session will be held in the afternoon, after your programme introduction. You will receive more information about the first course in the course welcome letter below.

In your welcome letter you will find information about course registration, links to the course syllabus and reading list, timetable and more. Welcome letters for courses are published at the latest four weeks before the course start date.

Welcome letter - Social Work and Social Problems 15 credits

Kontakta din studentguide om du har frågor

Ask a student at the University of Gävle

There are a lot of things that students know more about than teachers and administrative staff - how it feels to be a student at the University of Gävle for example. Therefore, as part of the introduction, we have recruited a student who can offer you guidance and support.

Student Chucks Chucksman can answer your questions about what it is like to be an student in Sweden and at the University of Gävle. He is available for questions weekdays from the 11th of July until the 1st of November.

E-mail: hfk16ccn@gmail.com
Phone: 076-156 59 47

Information from the Student Union

Information from the Gefle Student Union

If you are a new student who has just arrived to Gävle, you are not alone. Finding meeting places and new friends is often where the fun begins. The Gefle Student Union work in conjunction with student organisations to improve courses, student social environments and many of the entertaining aspects available to you during your study period. To become involved in the Gefle Student Union is therefore a great opportunity to take part in and be able to influence student life and at the same time get to know students studying other subjects.

Don’t hesitate to send an email to the Gefle Student Union and make sure to follow their social media accounts.


If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the programme director, Dr. Brita Backlund Rambaree.

E-mail: brita.b.rambaree@hig.se
Phone: +46 26 64 82 59

General information

You need to apply for accommodation yourself. Please remember to do it in good time before your arrival. The University of Gävle does not provide any student accommodation.

Hig.se/student is the website for you as a student at the University of Gävle. Here you will find a news feed, links to pages relevant for your studies and lots of important information.

IT support
You can turn to IT support if you encounter any problems regarding your user account or any other IT related problems. The IT support is open for visits 09.00-15.00 in building 22, Monday to Friday. You can also contact them by telephone +46 26 64 88 00 or e-mail itsupport@hig.se.

The library is located in the middle of campus and is open to everybody. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.

Residence permit
If you are a non-EU citizen you need to apply for a residence permit. Start the process of applying for a residence permit as soon as possible. This can be a slow process and take several months. It is therefore good to get started as soon as possible!

Student Centre
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff that can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You will also find a café in this area and TV displays showing current information and the daily timetabling. If you have any study-related questions, you can contact the Student Centre at studentcentrum@hig.se.

Student support
Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, study guidance counselling, student health and welfare, and support for disabled students.

Tuition fees
If you have any questions about tuition fees, please find more information on this page.

Published by: Lisa Olsson Page responsible: Lisa Olsson Updated: 2019-06-20
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