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4,700 total full-time,[2]

The University of Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborgs universitet) is a university in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg.



The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest Swedish university, and with 24,900 full-time students[4] it is also among the largest universities in the Nordic countries. With its eight faculties and 57 departments, the University of Gothenburg is also one of the most wide-ranging and versatile universities in Sweden. Its eight faculties offer training in the Creative Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Education, Information Technology, Business, Economics and Law, and Health Sciences.

It is a major university in Europe.[5] In the 2010 QS World University Rankings[6] the university was ranked 183rd in the world. In the 2008 ARWU ranking, Gothenburg University is ranked in the 201-302 range[7] when compared to the top 500 universities in the world.

Gothenburg University has the highest number of applicants per study place in many of its subjects and courses[8], and is therefore one of the most popular universities in Sweden.


The University of Gothenburg was founded as Göteborgs högskola (Gothenburg University 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 has 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 1971, 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.

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