Welcome programme in Visby
Every autumn semester, Uppsala University Campus Gotland along with the Student union Rindi organise various welcome events and activities for all new students. International students are also offered a special orientation programme designed to introduce and get you acquainted with the most important practical issues at your new campus. Find details and links to further information below.
Arrival days autumn 2019
The recommended arrival dates for students coming to Campus Gotland are Wednesday and Thursday 28-29 August. During these days we offer welcome services and a complimentary shuttle service from Visby airport and from Visby ferry terminal between 11:30 and 19:30. The shuttle service will drop students off either at the Campus Gotland Welcome Centre (at house D, during drop-in hours) or at student housing areas, within Visby.
Welcome Folder and Registration
Between 26 and 30 August, the Student Services Office in House D "Betty Pettersson's house" (1st floor) will have drop-in hours, during which you can pick up your welcome package and register for your courses. During these drop-in hours, conditionally admitted Master’s students can also present their original Bachelor’s degree in order to be registered.
Monday 26 August to Thursday 29 August: 13:00 - 15:00
Friday 30 August: 11:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 14:00
Orientation Day and welcome reception
On Friday 30 August, an Orientation Day will be held for new international students between 9:00 and 14:00 in the restaurant Maltfabriken at Cramérgatan 3 (main entrance, ground floor). The orientation programme is designed to welcome and introduce international students to the university, Campus Gotland, and to Visby. You will get information on the resources available to you as a student, along with other useful tips to assist and guide you through your stay. There will also be time for activating your student account, registration to courses and a guided walking tour around the premises.
On Monday 2 September you are invited to a Welcome Reception for all new students at Campus Gotland. Students are asked to assemble at Rindiborgen, the Student Union house, at 13:30. The Campus Gotland knight will then lead the way through town to the reception that will be held at S:t Nicolai Ruin between 14:00 and 15:00.
Guided tours and a Gotland history lecture
On Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September we offer a guided walking tour with the university guide Mikael Norrby. He will take you around medieval Visby and talk about Visby's amazing history. The tour starts at the main entrance of Campus Gotland, at 11:00 and 14:00 on Saturday and at 1pm on Sunday, and will last around 70-90 minutes.
On Sunday 1 September at 3pm Mikael Norrby will give a brief lecture on Gotland history in room E22 (library entrance, house E).
On Friday 6 September you can take a tour around Visby's medieval wall with the Visby train, a small tourist train, and get to experience Visby's amazing history (recorded guiding in both Swedish and English). The train tour departs twice per hour at the main entrance of Campus Gotland, at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30, and will last around 25 minutes. Be prepared to wait for your turn (about 50 places/tour).
In addition, Campus Gotland offers a guided bus tour on the northern countryside of Gotland on Wednesday 18 September between 13:00 and 17:00. A sandwich and sparkled water will be served. The tour is free of charge but you need to sign up in the reception since seats are limited.
Orientation weeks by students
"Lamningen" activities organised by the student union
The Student Union Rindi organises welcome activities for all newcomers: A number of social evening events will be arranged for all newly arrived international and Swedish students during the first two weeks of the semester, starting on Monday 2 September. International students will receive information about the various "lamning" activities and how to participate during Orientation Day.
Getting to Visby
We would like to stress that Gotland is an island in the Baltic Sea, and it will take some extra time to travel to Gotland from the Swedish mainland. The majority of people travelling to Gotland take one of Destination Gotland’s high speed ferries. These ferries depart from Nynäshamn and Oskarshamn regularly, and travel time is approximately three hours. It is recommended to book and pay in advance. For more information, including ferry schedules and prices, please visit: Destination Gotland.
If you arrive at one of the airports in or around Stockholm, catch a bus or train to Stockholm’s Central Railway Station. From here, you can take a bus or commuter train to Nynäshamn. The boat coaches, Flygbussarna, will take you directly from Cityterminalen, Stockholm's bus station, to the ferry terminal in Nynäshamn for SEK 129. Estimated time for the transfer from airport to the ferry terminal is minimum 1.5-2 hours. For details please refer to Flygbussarna.
The ferry terminal in Visby is close to Campus Gotland. You can travel by taxi or by bus within Visby or to the larger communities on Gotland's countryside. Please note that the bus station is about 1 kilometer from the ferry terminal, although some of the routes stop at the ferry terminal.
There are also domestic flights from Stockholm Arlanda and Stockholm Bromma to Visby Airport all year round. Flights from Stockholm to Visby take about 40 minutes. It is also possible to travel from the southern part of Sweden to Visby by plane. For more information, please visit: Flygbra.se or SAS.
If you choose to arrive by plane, Visby Airport is about 3.5 km from Visby, and we recommend newcomers to take a taxi. Public transport and airport coaches are available with some frequency.
- Taxis cost approximately 150-200 SEK and often offer a set price for the journey to Visby. Read more at www.swedavia.com/visby/taxis
- Contact the Tourist office firstname.lastname@example.org for information on public transport.
- Airport coaches travel between Visby Airport and Visby centre during the summer months (16 June – 18 August) and cost about 60 SEK. The timetable is available on Flygbussarna.
Please visit the Campus Gotland website for more information about Visby and Campus Gotland.