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Student counsellors

We are the Department’s five study and career counsellors. We have divided the subjects and study programmes among us in order to become experts in different areas, but you can still ask each one of us general questions. No question is too small or too big.

All meetings with us are based on your questions and needs, and are of course confidential.

If you would like to discuss your thoughts with an impartial study and career counsellor, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. You can reach us via telephone and e-mail using the contact information below.


What Can You Expect from a Study and Career Counsellor? (pdf)

Study and Career Counsellors

Contact the study and career counsellor for the language or programme you are studying, see phone number and e-mail adress below.

Phone hours
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:30 - 11:30

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 13 - 14

It is also possible to book a meeting.

Visiting address
"Humanisten", Lundgrensgatan 1B, floor 4, corridor E

Malin Karlsson

Phone: 031-786 1782
E-mail: Japanese, Chinese, Master's Programme in Language and Intercultural Communication and International Language Programme
Office: E419

Eva-Lena Axelsson

Phone: 031-786 1795
E-mail: African Languages, Arabic, English, Greek, Latin, Somali, Teacher Education Programme, Professional Translation Programme
Office: E411

Maria Janmark

Phone: 031-786 1802
E-mail: French, German, Slavonic Languages, Spanish
Office: E413A

Ann-Christin Undeby

Phone: 031-786 1808
E-mail: Exchange
Office: E413B

Hilde Vandeput

Reception only by appointment

Phone: 031-786 4588
E-mail: hilde.vandeput@sprak.gu.se
Office: E410A

Helena Mindedal - on leave


Are You Thinking about Studying at a Swedish University?


  • How do I apply?

    You can apply to all universities in Sweden at University Admissions. The courses and study programmes offered at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: http://utbildning.gu.se/education/courses-and-programmes

  • How do I know if I'm eligible for university studies in Sweden?

    In order to be admitted to a Swedish university, you need to meet a set of general entry requirements, and in some cases you also need to meet certain specific entry requirements. In each course or programme description you will find the prerequisites.

  • I've heard about a selection process - what is it?

    Each study programme in Sweden has room for a certain number of students. If the number of applicants exceeds this number (which is often the case), a selection of applicants must be made. The selection is based on upper-secondary grades, scores on the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test or previously completed higher education. Read more about the selection process here.

  • And what is study guidance?

    Study and career counsellors are available to discuss your thoughts about studies and work and answer questions you may have. They always act neutrally and provide unbiased information based on your thoughts and concerns, and your dialogue with them is covered by professional secrecy. You can meet with, phone or email them before, during and after your studies as often as you want.

  • How do I choose the right study programme?

    The first step is to schedule a meeting (face-to-face or via telephone) with a study and career counsellor. If you already know what field of study you are interested in, schedule a meeting with a study and career counsellor specialising in that particular field. Gather as much information about the courses and programmes you are interested in, compare them and listen to your heart – what appeals to you and what doesn’t? Also reflect on what’s important to you – what type of job can the course or programme lead to, and what will you be doing every day at work after graduating? Does it seem interesting, do you think you will enjoy it?

    It is usually a good idea to begin by looking at programmes you feel passionate about. You also need to be realistic and consider things such as allergies, forecasted job opportunities in the area in which you want to live and simply whether you would be able to work in the intended field.

    These are things you can discuss with a study and career counsellor. You can tell the counsellor who you are, what you want and what you can or will be able to do, and together discuss what programme and career may be right for you.

  • Freestanding courses or full study programmes - is one better than the other?

    Some professions require the completion of a certain study programme, leading to a professional degree. Examples include doctors, nurses and psychologists. Then there are programmes, or let’s think of them as course bundles, that we at the University of Gothenburg have designed because we believe they provide the students with a good and useful combination of knowledge in various areas.

    Many students choose to take freestanding courses and then bundle them into a self-designed ‘programme’ that leads to a degree.

    It may seem more straightforward to just enrol in an official programme – then your know exactly what classes to take since somebody else already did all the thinking – but it is also true that students who create their own ‘programmes’ have more freedom to study exactly what they want and create a unique combination of knowledge.

    We encourage you to talk to a study and career counsellor about the right plan for you.

  • What do I need to think about to succeed with my studies?

    The most important success factor is that you are motivated to acquire more knowledge in the chosen field of study. Successful studies also require hard work. You will need to attend and participate actively in lectures, seminars and group projects, and in between the class meetings, you may need to read long texts and prepare yourself in other ways. Set up a plan for your studies based on your learning style. Plan your time so you have time not only to make preparations, develop your notes and read, but also to see your classmates and maybe study together. If you are a full-time student, you should think of your studies as a 40-hour per week commitment. Even if you don’t have a class meeting every day, remember that you are expected to study for an equivalent of a full workday.

  • What approach should I take regarding the future, the labour market and my career?

    Each year, various forecasts and surveys identifying occupations that are expected to face an under- or oversupply of qualified labour in the future are presented.

    If you let these predictions guide your choice of education, you let the market decide what you are going to be doing at the university for 40-or-so hours a week for several years.
    Instead, let your heart decide. Let your interests and passion determine what education to pursue.

    You should of course also use your brain. Prepare yourself for your future by acquiring knowledge, but you don’t need to know everything when you begin your studies.

    A lot will become clear along the way, and remember that you can always contact your study and career counsellors for support.

    Dare to choose what you really want to do!

  • Where can I find information about occupations in Sweden?

    Where can I find information about occupations in Sweden?

    The website of the Swedish Public Employment Service offers a lot of useful information about occupations in the Swedish labour market. You can search for occupational titles and get a good description of what it entails and what education it requires. Search for an occupation at the webpage for occupational descriptions (in Swedish). You may also be interested in the descriptions available at SACO (also in Swedish).

  • What's student finance?

    When you study you can apply for financial aid (studiestöd). Financial aid for studies refers to the various grants and loans for which you may be eligible when you study. Your age is one of the factors that determine the kind of aid that you may receive. More information about this and how to apply is available at CSN’s website.

Contact Information

Department of Languages and Literatures

P.O. Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:

+46 (0)31 786 1818

Page Manager: Annika Andersson|Last update: 1/14/2019

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