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Introduction Day for all our international students Spring 2023
About the programme
Programme introduction and registration
Registration and an introduction to your programme will be held online on 25 August at 13.00 - 15.00 PM (Swedish time) on Zoom.
Link to Zoom: https://hig-se.zoom.us/j/65195822912?pwd=bHdmbG5aZmZwZ1lxWEIxR2FvS0x4Zz09
Programme information from your programme director
Welcome to study the Master in Sustainability Science - Environment and Decision Making at the University of Gävle. This text gives you a brief introduction to University studies and about the programme details.
To study by distance
The Master in Sustainability Science- Environment and Decision Making is a full time (100%) online distance programme, which means that you study with the help of the Internet and instructions on the learning platform Canvas.
You can study this distance Master programme regardless of where you are and as long as you have access to a working internet connection. However, studying by distance does not mean that you can fully decide for yourself when you study. In each course that is included in the programme, there are some time bound elements where you need to participate in activities for a certain period of time.
The program comprises 120 higher education credits and leads to a Master's degree in Environmental Science. One semester of full time studies corresponds to 30 higher education credits (credits). The full time studies are arranged in such a way that the students sequentially read courses of 7.5 higher education credits throughout the program, apart from the master's thesis, which comprises 30 higher education credits
In the autumn of 2022(first semester), you will study the following courses:
Week 35-39 Sustainability Science and Systems Theory (7.5cr)
Week 40-44 Philosophy of Science, Research Ethics, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (7.5 cr)
Week 45-49 Group Decision Making and Leadership for Sustainability (7.5cr)
Week 50-02 Natural Resource Management and Resilience Building of Social-Ecological Systems
Good luck with your studies!
Education leader for the Master in Sustainability Sciences- Environment and Decision Making at University of Gävle
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
- 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 XXX can answer your questions about what it is like to be an student in Sweden and at the University of Gävle. XXX is available for questions weekdays until 9 September.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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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.