On the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg is a perfectly sized ‘big little city’, with a population of around 570,000. Here’s plenty of cultural activities, a lively nightlife, and miles of natural green space, with forests, lakes, and a beautiful collection of islands, all within easy distance of the centre.
Chalmers’ two campuses, Johanneberg and Lindholmen, are right in the heart of Gothenburg, one on either side of the river, making the university well embedded into the life of the city. The friendly, welcoming attitude here will ensure you quickly feel at home – Gothenburg has previously been voted ‘the world’s most sociable city’. And the locals speak excellent English, so everyday life is usually pretty straightforward here. It’s easy to get around, with the famous blue and white trams
covering the whole city. And with more than 800 kilometres of bike lanes, cycling is also a popular and safe option.
Known for its musical and artistic history, the city hosts many major events every year, including Scandinavia’s largest film festival, its largest book fair, and even the world’s biggest football tournament – the Gothia Cup.
The Swedish way
When you study at Chalmers, you’ll experience the Swedish way of doing things. Sweden is known for its open, progressive thinking, its commitment to equality and inclusivity, and for its innovative approach to business and technology.
Sweden has a unique business culture, which yields impressive results. Despite a small population of just over 10 million, it is home to an impressive number of globally recognised companies, including Ericsson, IKEA, Spotify, and H&M. The working culture is very open, and non-hierarchical. This is as true at Chalmers as it is in Sweden overall. Sweden’s way of doing business has seen it ranked 2nd in the Global Innovation index 2020, and 9th in the Global Competitiveness index 2019.
But it’s not all about work. Balance is important here. When you study at Chalmers, you’ll see how seriously Swedes take their fun, how they value their social lives just as much as their work, and – what’s more – you’ll discover the true meaning of a Swedish fika…