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 University of Gävle has decided that programmes offered primarily to international students will be taught remotely the first semester. So the introduction this autumn semester will mainly consist of information films available online from Friday the 28th of August.

Introduction day for Swedish speaking students

Swedish speaking students can choose to attend the introduction day in Swedish on 26th of August. All new students are welcomed online to the University by the Vice-Chancellor, Gefle Student Union and Gävle municipality. Information specifically about your programme will not be provided on 26th of August but you will obtain general information about studying at the University of Gävle. The introduction day is not mandatory.

Read more about the introduction day for Swedish students

About the programme

Programme introduction and registration

Programme introduction and registration

Registration and an introductory session to your programme will be held online on August 31, at 10.00. The session will be held via Zoom and will be hosted by Assistant Programme Director, Dr Brita Backlund Rambaree. To access the Zoom session you will need a link. This will be sent to you by email latest August 24. Please make sure you have the correct email address in Ladok.

If you cannot attend the programme introduction session, you need to contact the programme administration in advance at studentsupport@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 August 31 and it is important to participate from the beginning

Programme information

Programme information from your programme director

    • Due to the ongoing pandemic the first semester will be conducted online and students admitted to the programme can take part from any geographic location. The programme is offered on a full-time basis. Lectures will be available on Canvas - a web-based learning management system, and most lectures will be available for viewing at any time. However, there will also be some live sessions, as well as online group-work and self-study.
    • The academic year will start in August 2020 and ends in June 2021, i.e. it lasts over two semesters. 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. These three courses will all be conducted online.
    • 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.
Programme timetable

Programme timetable

  • The timetable for each course will be available on Canvas, our web-based learning management system.
In preparation for your first courses

In preparation for your first courses

Your first course on the programme is Social Work and Social Problems 15 credits. This course last for ten weeks and it starts August 31 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

Ask a Student at the University of Gävle

Ask a Student

  • 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 Joakim Appelgren 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 until the 6st of November.

E-mail: joakimhig@gmail.com

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

Service and Support


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.

Free Microsoft Office

As a student at the University of Gävle you have the opportunity to install
Microsoft Office on up to five computers. The Office package includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Onenote.

  • Library

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 in our FAQ.

Web meetings with Zoom

  • Zoom are a services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.
  • Web meetings with Zoom

Wireless network (wifi)

Eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) gives you access to the Internet when you are staying on the University campus. It also provides internet access at other universities and colleges that are connected to eduroam. Eduroam also works at many airports, railway stations and hotels.

Published by: Lisa Olsson Page responsible: Lisa Olsson Updated: 2020-06-24
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