Practical information

Academic calendar

Academic year 2019/2020

  • Autumn semester: 2 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
  • Spring semester: 20 January 2020 - 7 June 2020

Academic year 2020/2021

  • Autumn semester: 31 August 2020 - 17 Janauary 2021
  • Spring semester: 18 January 2021 - 6 June 2021

Language of instruction

Most teaching at GIH is offered in Swedish language. However, a number of single courses in English may be available. The range of coures offered varies. 

Students following courses taught in Swedish have to be proficient in Swedish. Please see Study in Sweden(icon) for more information about language courses and proficiency tests.

In Stockholm courses in Swedish are available for example at Folkuniversitetet(icon) and Medborgarskolan(icon)


GIH does not provide any student accommodation and is not able to assist in finding accommodation. Due to a housing shortage, finding accommodation in Stockholm can be challenging. We therefore recommend to start searching for accommodation in good time.

Useful links: 

Akademisk Kvart(icon) (aimed at students and researchers)

SSSB(icon) (largest student housing provider in Stockholm, queuing system)

Blocket(icon) (only in Swedish)

Bostad direkt(icon) (website second-hand housing)

Please be aware that there are many adverts on the internet that are scams so make sure that you check all the information, visit the place of stay, sign an agreement and do not pay any deposit or rent in advance. 

Cost of living

A Swedish student has approximately SEK 9 000 per month at his/her disposal for living expenses. The following budget example will give you an idea of living costs for students in Stockholm:

Monthly living costs: 

  • Food: 2 000
  • Accommodation: 4 600
  • Course literature: 500
  • Telephone/Internet: 300
  • Local transport: 620
  • Clothes, leisure etc: 1 000

TOTAL SEK: 9 020

Depending on your choice of courses at GIH there might be expenses for equipment (for skiing, skating, hiking etc).

Useful websites