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!

COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus is a unique situation with consequences that affect our society, and the rest of the world. Regarding teaching format this spring semester 2021, the University of Gävle has taken the decision that programmes will be taught in the announced format, but with adaptations to the pandemic. Course modules that can’t be carried out safely will be taught remotely. Please note a new decision could be made if the situation worsens closer to January 2021.

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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 international students

At the moment, due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 situation, the Introduction day will be will be replaced by a digital introduction. Any changes to the Introduction day will be posted on our website.

About the programme

Programme introduction and registration

Programme introduction and registration

Pre-programme activities are scheduled from Monday January 11- January 15 at 9 AM- 3 PM (Swedish time). The activities are important to prepare you for the studies at the MBA programme so please ensure to attend this. Confirmation of attendance to Mr Sonny Jakobsson, Research Assistant at sonny.jakobsson@hig.se before December 19.

It would be good if you can arrive to Gävle on Friday January 8th, to settle down before the activities start.

If you cannot attend the programme introduction session, you need to contact the programme administration in advance at e-mail studentsupport@hig.se. If you are absent from the programme introduction without informing us, you will lose your place on the programme.

Visa application to Sweden can take a long time. To avoid delays you need to apply as soon as possible.

The semester starts on the 18th of January and it is important to participate from the beginning. You must arrive in Gävle and start the programme before February 1st.

Programme information

Programme information from your programme director

Your studies within the programme include four periods as shown in the table beneath. Your academic year will start in January 2021 and end in January 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. The following courses will be available within your programme.

Spring semester 2021

Course code

Course name

Study period 3
week 03-12

Study period 4
week 13-22


Comparative Management Culture, 7,5 cr



Leadership and Gender, 7,5 cr



Customer Relationship Management, 7,5 cr



Marketing Theories, 7,5 cr


Autumn semester 2021

Course code

Course name

Study period 1
week 35-44

Study period 2
week 45-02


Master Thesis in Business Administration (mandatory)



For full time studies during spring semester, you will later on be given
an opportunity to choose two out of the following three courses


Advanced Managment



International Business Strategy



Emerging Markets


In preparation for your first courses

In preparation for your first courses

Below you will find welcome letters for the first courses in the programme. You will find information about course registration, links to the course syllabus and reading list, timetable and more in the welcome letters. These 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 7th of March.

E-mail: studguide.joakim@hig.se


If you have any questions about the programme, please contact the programme director, Daniella Fjellstrom.

E-mail: daniella.fjellstrom@hig.se
Phone: +46 26 64 82 14

For general enquiries about admission, scholarships and fees please email studentsupport@hig.se

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 studentcentrum@hig.se

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: Lisa Olsson Page responsible: Lisa Olsson Updated: 2020-11-12
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