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University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science



  • Gothenburg is situated on the west coast of Sweden and is the largest port in Scandinavia; thus the city has become a natural centre for marine research. This research includes marine chemistry, oceanography and various biological disciplines.
  • To strengthen the marine profile, the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment was established at the University of Gothenburg in 2008.


The Faculty's profile areas include environmental, marine and life sciences. The base in environmental science is varied and comprises most subject areas with several dynamic research programmes.


Prominent research environment in many different subject areas, for example marine sciences, systems biology, climate and polar research.


  • Should you join one of the departments at the Faculty of Science, you will find an internationally-oriented environment that fully endorses equality and diversity throughout the organisation. We are confident that we can offer you an excellent all-round experience – both professionally and personally.
  • Nevertheless, we realise that choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step and raises many questions about what to expect. Thus, we would like to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your accompanying spouse/partner. Also, we can offer relocation services as well as advise about research funding and administration.

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Student services

The Faculty Office of Science provides support to the faculty board, faculty management and the activities within departments and infrastructures. The mission of the office is to provide support for research, education and cooperation conducted within the Faculty of Science.. The office is a specialist function whose tasks include for example:

  • Planning
  • Follow-up
  • Support for committees and boards
  • Processing of matters and referrals
  • Administrative support
  • Internal and external communications
  • Cooperation
  • Internationalisation

Housing services

Those coming to the University of Gothenburg from abroad have a number of options when it comes to finding accommodation. However, there is a great deal of demand for accommodation, and you should be prepared to be flexible in terms of considering various types of accommodation to begin with.

As an exchange student, you can get help applying for accommodation see under Exchange Student Housing Services for more information.

Free movers must find an apply for their own accommodation. Most students find a place to stay via Boplats Göteborg, the marketplace for rental apartments in Gothenburg.

Library services

There are eight libraries, two learning centres, and one National resource library (KvinnSam) which together constitute Gothenburg University Library.

Medical services

Health care Akademihälsan

You can turn to Akademihälsan with any health problems you may have during your studies. Akademihälsan is the students occupational health service. It acts as a complement to other health and medical services. It is free for students.

Student Life

Campus life

Some of the biology departments are located near the Sahlgrenska Academy, an arrangement that provides a favourable base for the life sciences. In this area, the Faculty of Science and the Sahlgrenska Academy work together to stimulate common areas, such as cell and molecular biology. There are modern and well-equipped facilities for research in natural sciences and biotechnology at the Lundberg Laboratory.

Sports facilities

Fitness centres Fysiken

There are two student fitness centres in Gothenburg, with a wide range of activities, such as aerobics, ball sports, gym, dancing, water aerobics, outdoor pursuits, and a variety of courses. As a student you are entitled to a student discount membership.


The environmental management system at the Faculty of Science was certified in accordance with the international standard ISO 14001 in November 2005.

Student Reviews

Academic experiences at global scale
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The study is still ongoing and i do have a wonderful experience nourshing my knowledge so as to offer quality enevironmental services and be part of the solution to global environmental challenges such as pollution and climate change

My sincere rating
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Sincerly speaking, the experience was full of new knowledge the, i improved alot of my speaking skills, also it is a university that requires hardworking, and i am glad that i had the chance to have this pleasent experience