International Strategy 2018-2022

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

Erasmus Policy Statement

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020. The International Strategy (below) sets out our institutional strategy in relation to the Charter.


In 2016 the University Board decided on the GIH vision and overall objectives for 2017-2020. The vision is that

GIH will be a leader, both nationally and internationally, in education and research in the fields of sport, physical activity and health.

Work with internationalisation will contribute to the achievement of our vision, and the objectives for 2020 are:

  • GIH will continue to be a national leader in education for sport, physical activity and health, maintaining its high quality and employability,
  • GIH will conduct internationally successful research in sport, physical activity and health,
  • GIH will be the obvious partner and expert body within Sweden for public, civil and private organisations in the area of sport, physical activity and health,
  • GIH will be a nationally prestigious and attractive university.

The starting points for internationalisation work are transparency and cooperation with the world at large, which are prerequisites for a dynamic and expanding university. This will not be restricted by national borders, culture or language. 

Vision for internationalisation work

All education and research carried out at GIH must include an international perspective.

GIH will be the natural cooperation partner for foreign education institutions that carry out high quality research and education in the field of sport, physical activity and health.


The objectives of internationalisation at GIH include:

  • contributing to Sweden's strong position in the field of sport, physical activity and health,
  • contributing to the even better development of education and research at GIH, enabling it to meet tougher international competition,
  • through international contacts and cooperation, expanding the reference frameworks of students, teachers and researchers faster and understanding and making available new knowledge more quickly, and thus being able to assess the quality of the organisation in a wider perspective,
  • the contribution of the international perspective to understanding other cultures, being able to communicate in languages other than Swedish and improving the chances of recruiting researchers, teachers and students from abroad,
  • through the internationalisation work carried out at GIH, after graduation students should be well prepared to handle international issues and relations, will have increased employability and will have been provided with excellent opportunities of working in multi-cultural environments within and outside Sweden.


We must strive for all cooperation to include students and all employees at GIH: teachers, researchers, doctoral students and technical/administrative staff.

  1. All involved parties within the GIH organisation (from the Board's perspective the Vice-Chancellor, the Study Programs Board, the Research and Research Study Programs Board, and the academic department) must take responsibility for the international perspective being given priority within each person's area of responsibility, such as in curricula and syllabuses and in the allocation of grants for research.
  2. It's the Vice-Chancellor's task to establish operational goals and objectives, to ensure that sufficient resources are allocated for the coordination of work with international issues and to decide how the development of the work is to be followed up.
  3. Internationalisation work is aimed at providing everyone with an international perspective: by using international literature on all programmes at GIH; through the possiblity of mobility for students and staff; and through being an attractive opportunity for inbound students and staff, to also give those who do not travel the possiblity of "internationalisation at home".
  4. In the field of education, cooperation agreements will be sought with institutions that have similar educational programs to those at GIH, at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd study cycle. Cooperation within Europe must be given priority. In the first instance, GIH will take an active part in cooperation programmes such as Nordplus and Erasmus+, making bilateral agreements with relevant educational institutions within the latter.
  5. GIH will be open to making bi-lateral agreements with non-European universities where research cooperation is already underway, or where it is desirable, and which can also provide opportunities for student mobility.
  6. The range of programmes at GIH must be adapted so it's possible to accommodate students on exchange programs to carry out exchange terms by means of, for example, a mobility window. Adaptation concerns how courses and education modules are arranged in time, as well as relevant programmes at GIH being offered in English for such exchanges. When accrediting courses from foreign education institutions, a generous approach should be applied and accreditation will be counted toward the degree objectives.
  7. In the selection of cooperation partners, quality must have priority over quantity.
  8. Cooperation must be continuously assessed in terms of how effectively it contributes to the achievement of GIH strategic objectives. Cooperation that does not contribute to fulfilling such objectives should be discontinued.