University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg has approximately 50,000 students (25 000 full-time students) and 5,000 employees. It is one of the major universities in Europe. With its eight faculties and approximately sixty departments, the University of Gothenburg is also the most wide-ranging and versatile university in Sweden, offering unique opportunities for cooperation and development.

The distinctive characteristic of university education at the University of Gothenburg is the close interaction between teaching and research. Students are kept informed of the latest developments in the field they are studying and researchers gain inspiration from their students expectations and needs. At the University of Gothenburg research and teaching are regarded as equally important, and there is ongoing pedagogical development work.

In an international perspective too, the University of Gothenburg is unusually comprehensive, with cutting-edge research in a number of dynamic research areas. Cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, society at large and trade and industry has been consistently strengthened and intensified over recent years, as have international contacts and collaborative projects with partners abroad.


The University of Gothenburg was founded as Göteborgs högskola (Gothenburg College) in 1891. In 1907 it was granted the same status as Uppsala University and Lund University by the Swedish government. Over the course of time, it as merged with a number of previously independent academic institutions in the city. It was granted the rights of a full university by the Swedish government in 1954, following the merger of the Göteborgs högskola with the Medicinhögskolan i Göteborg (Gothenburg Medical School), thus becoming Sweden's third-oldest university.

In 2005, the originally separate Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law became part of the University of Gothenburg. Sahlgrenska University Hospital is associated with the university as a teaching hospital.

In the 1990s the School of Economics and the Academy of Music, Drama and Opera have moved to new buildings in the city centre. A new campus for the Faculty of Education (teacher training) was opened in central Gothenburg in 2006.

The University of Gothenburg is a pronounced city university, that is most of its facilities are within the city centre of Gothenburg. The main building as well as most faculties are located in the central part of Gothenburg.


* Artistic studies (Konstnärliga fakulteten)
o design and crafts
o film school
o literary composition
o photography
o scene and music
o Göteborg Organ Art Center
o Valand School of Fine Arts

* Education (Utbildningsvetenskapliga fakulteten) offers teacher training courses

* Humanities (Humanistiska fakulteten)
o cultural studies
o history
o literature, history of ideas, religion
o modern languages
o philosophy, linguistics, theory of science
o Swedish

* Information Technology (IT fakulteten)
o applied information technology
o computer science and engineering

* Natural Sciences
o botany
o cell and molecular biology
o physics
o earth sciences
o chemistry
o kulturvård
o marine ecology
o mathematics
o environmental science
o zoology

* Sahlgrenska Academy is the university's medical school

* the School of Business, Economics and Law (Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet) is a combined business school and law school
o economics
o business administration
o law
o cultural geography
o national economy and statistics

* Social Sciences (Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten)
o peace and development studies
o public administration
o journalism and mass communication
o psychology
o social anthropology
o social work
o sociology
o political science

University of Gothenburg ranked:

185th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

183th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

184th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

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