As a new International Student arriving to Gothenburg, we at GIC know how tedious it can be to obtain all the necessary information and integrate yourself in this international environment. Our main purpose is to give you a smooth and memorable start with your new experience at the university and your journey in Gothenburg. We will make sure that you get all the information you need and provide you with the opportunity to make new friends here, even before the start of the semester and gather a lot of special memories throughout the semester!


As a first step, we feel that is highly recommended to be a part of a Buddy Group.

Buddy groups are a great way to engage in the beauty of the incredible diversity the University of Gothenburg offers to international students. The new international students are grouped together with a buddy leader forming a group with a blend of culture and diversity focusing on certain common interests.

You can apply to be part of a buddy group through a dedicated form before and up until the beginning of the semester. In the beginning of the semester you will then receive an email with your group and being contacted by your Student Buddy. We strongly recommend you to register for a Student Buddy as soon as possible. It takes a while to assign the students to the right group based on the diversity of culture and interests. So please be patient :)

Please note that many students from around the world travel to Gothenburg at the start of each term, and it is therefore not always possible for us to offer a buddy to everyone who signs up for one. If the groups are full and we lack buddy leaders, we might put you in a group without a buddy leader until we can find you one.

NOTICE: We can only accept students who fall under the purview of the Göta Students' Union. You must be an international student at the faculties of social sciences, art/humanities, educational sciences, IT, and natural sciences of the University of Gothenburg. If you are a student in Chalmers, the School of Business, Economics, and Law (IntU), or the Sahlgrenska Academy (Intet), they have their own international student group. However, you can still take part in our other activities though!


We'd like to welcome you to join our Facebook group for new and currently studying international and Swedish students who are part of Göta Student Union and Göta International Commitee. It's a perfect place where you can post your queries, no matter, how small they are and at the same time get acquainted with new faces.


Our events and activities include parties, language cafes, sports events, international potluck dinners, excursions/trips and much more. As an international student at the University of Gothenburg, all of these events will be open to you. We will market all our events on our facebook page, so make sure you follow us! If you don't use facebook you can also check out our calendar, which will be updated about 1-2 weeks before the semester starts. 

If you are hungry for more travels within the nordic countries and always wanted to see the magical northern lights or stunning fjords in Norway, you should check out our offered trips with our partner Timetravels.


Then you should check our FAQ sections where we collected some info about the university, living in Gothenburg and so on ;)