Welcome to the University of Gävle and Master Programme in Business Administration (MBA)!

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 all our international students

About the programme

Programme introduction and registration

Programme introduction and registration

Pre-programme activities are scheduled from Monday August 23 at 9.30 AM (Swedish time) on Zoom (service for web meetings) and continue during the following days. The activities are important to prepare you for the studies at the MBA programme so please ensure to attend them. Please confirm your attendance to pre-semester activities by writing a short e-mail with your personal details to Mr Sonny Jakobsson, Research Assistant at before August 13, 2021.

To access the Zoom sessions you will receive a link prior to these activities. This will be sent to you by e-mail. Please make sure you have the correct email adress in

It is very important to attend these activities and keep yourself informed because of the ongoing pandemic and its consequences. The Vice-Chancellor of the university decided that teaching and learning will primarily be conducted online during the first study period: 30 August to 7 November 2021 because of the corona pandemic.
New decision: primarily online teaching until 7 November, 2021. (Link to the decision here).

If it is not possible for you to attend the pre-semester activities, you need to inform the programme administration in advance by e-mail If you are absent from the programme introduction without informing us, you will lose your place in the programme.

The semester starts on August 30, 2021 and it is important to participate in the lectures from the beginning. You must start the programme, that is, be formally registered to your first two courses in Ladok latest on September 10, 2021.

Programme information

Programme information from your programme director

Your studies within the programme include four periods as shown in the table beneath – periods 1-4. Your academic year will start in August 2021 and end in June 2022, i.e. it lasts over two semesters. 30 credits per semester represent full time studies. The programme as a whole consequently comprises 60 credits.

Please note that the program requires full-time studies. Full-time studies mean 40 hours of studies per week during the semester (including class time and own studies).

How to study in Sweden

Autumn semester 2021 (week 35-02)

Course code

Course name

Study period 1
week 35-44

Study period 2
week 45-02


Comparative Management Culture, 7,5 cr



Leadership and Gender, 7,5 cr



Customer Relationship Management, 7,5 cr



Marketing Theories, 7,5 cr


Spring semester 2022 (week 03-22)

Course code

Course name

Study period 3
week 03-12

Study period 4
week 13-22


Master Thesis in Business Administration (mandatory) 15 cr



During the second semester, you will choose two out of these three courses and also write the Master Thesis.


Advanced Managment 7,5 cr



International Business Strategy 7,5 cr



Emerging Markets 7,5 cr


In preparation for your first courses

In preparation for your first courses

Below you will find welcome letters for the first course(s) that you will take as part of your programme. You will find information about course registration, links to the course syllabus and reading list, timetable and more in your course welcome letter. Welcome letters for courses are published at the latest four weeks before the course start date.

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 5th of November.

  • E-mail:
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 e-mail to the Gefle Student Union and make sure to follow their social media accounts.

Hey new student - information from Gefle Student Union Pdf, 3 MB.


If you have any questions about the programme, please contact:

Phone: +46 26 64 81 00 Monday - Thursday 09.00-10.00

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

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: Liselotte Laurila Page responsible: Lisa Olsson Updated: 2021-06-07
Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)