Welcome programme in Visby autumn 2018

Recommended arrival days
The recommended arrival dates for students coming to Campus Gotland are 29-30 August.

Welcome Centre in Visby
Between 29 and 31 August, the Student Services Office 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.

Drop-in hours:
Wednesday 29 August: 2pm-4pm
Thursday 30 August: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Friday 31 August: 11am-12pm and 1.15 pm-3pm

Orientation Day
On Friday 31 August, an Orientation Day will be held for new international students between 9am and 2.30pm. 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.

Welcome Reception
On Monday 3 September there will be a Welcome Reception for all new students at Campus Gotland. Students are asked to assemble at Rindiborgen at 1.30pm and the Campus Gotland knight will lead the way through town to the reception that will be held at S:t Nicolai Ruin between 2pm and 3pm.

Guided tours and Gotland history lecture
On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 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 11am and 2pm on Saturday and at 1pm on Sunday, and will last around 70-90 minutes.

On Sunday at 3pm Mikael Norrby will give a lecture on Gotland history (room to be confirmed).

On Friday 7 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 Tuesday 11 September between 1pm and 5pm. More details and information about how to sign up for the bus tour will be posted here in August.

Activities organised by the student union Rindi
The Student Union Rindi also organises welcome activities: 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 3 September. International students will receive information about the various "lamning" activities 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. For more information, including ferry schedules and prices, please visit: Destination Gotland.

If you are landing 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 direct from Cityterminalen, Stockholm's bus station, to the ferry terminal in Nynäshamn for 109 SEK. To read more, please visit: Flygbussarna.

The ferry terminal in Visby is close to Campus Gotland. You can travel by taxi or by bus around Visby or to the larger communities on Gotland's countryside.

There are also flights from Stockholm Arlanda and 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: or SAS.

If you choose to arrive by plane, Visby Airport is only about 3.5 km from Visby, and you have the choice of taking a bus (only during the summer) or taxi.

  • Airport coaches travel between Visby Airport and Visby centre during the summer months (mid-June – mid-August) and cost 60 SEK. The timetable is available on Flygbussarna.
  • Taxis cost approximately 140-200 SEK and often offer a set price for the journey to Visby.

Please visit the Campus Gotland website for more information about Visby and Campus Gotland.