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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Spring 2021


Alayne Prine

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Human Ecology

Off-campus partner:

University of Gothenburg


Opportunity Description

The University of Gothenburg meets societal challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the University a large and inspiring place to work and study, with a continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas.  Strong research and attractive study programs attract scientists and students from all around the world.  Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden. It is situated on the west coast and has a population of 940,000 in the larger metropolitan area. Having been a traditional port and industrial city, Gothenburg has evolved into an exciting modern center for creativity and innovation. Today the city is a strong knowledge and information hub with the presence of its research-intensive pharmaceutical and automotive industries, as well as higher education, IT and media production. In 2012, Gothenburg was crowned ‘the culinary capital of Sweden’, and the city’s wide array of bars and nightclubs offer entertainment year round. The strategic location of the University of Gothenburg’s resources within the city has strengthened Gothenburg’s image as a real “city of knowledge.”

About the Exchange

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Nutritional Science may spend one semester, and in some cases up to a year, studying at the University of Gothenburg. Courses in Dietetics are taught at the Sahlgrenska Academy, the health science faculty of the University of Gothenburg. The undergraduate programs at the Sahlgrenska Academy cover a wide range of research fields and subjects within medicine, odontology, and health care sciences. Theory and practice are integrated in all programs. The Dietetics program’s main field of study is clinical nutrition. This is the knowledge of food and nutrition and their function in the body. The subject is interdisciplinary and also comprises the subjects of biochemistry, physiology, food science and pathology. The Sahlgrenska Academy campus is concentrated at Medicinareberget (Medical Hill), which houses not only laboratories and lecture halls, but also Sahlgrenska Science Park and shared core facilities. Next to the campus is Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The social science, humanities, and arts faculties are also within walking distance.

The program in Dietetics is conducted in Swedish with a few courses in English. If you know Swedish, there is a far larger number courses to choose from. Clinical nutrition, metabolism and energy conversion are examples of areas in which dieticians can conduct research. Other available courses at the academy can be found under Courses in English for exchange students at:…

2017-2018 Fact Sheet


There are plenty of housing alternatives in Gothenburg for international students. It is possible to rent a private room or live in a shared at in a student residence. But since the demand for housing is high, it is important that students are exible and open to living in student housing or a private home. The Exchange Student Housing Services offers rooms and apartments to exchange students within the Erasmus and Linnaeus Palme programmes, as well as to exchange students within the framework of a bilateral agreement.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.