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The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH

Swedes are some of the healthiest people in the world, and it should come as no surprise that Stockholm is home to the oldest sports college in the world. The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH – founded in 1813 – has now celebrated 200 proud years of ground-breaking health science.

GIH has a wide range of programmes are available, from sports coaching and management to preventive health, as well as human biology. Educational programmes stretch from three to five years, from a basic level to postgraduate education and PhD studies, as well as a licentiate degree. Talented foreign researchers also flock to the college, drawn by its international reputation.

Currently all undergraduate programmes at GIH are conducted in Swedish, but every year a number of courses on Master level are offered in English. For international students the opportunity of an internship in one of their labs has proven attractive.

The campus is located in central Stockholm near the historic site of the 1912 Olympic Stadium. In close proximity to track fields, tennis courts, and a peaceful park, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences is perfectly situated to give its students the best of both school life and leisure time.

Pehr Henrik Ling, the school’s founder, has been called the father of Swedish gymnastics, and has contributed immensely to gymnastics and physiology around the world. You may think Abba is Sweden’s greatest export and you may be right – but Ling gymnastics are a close second.

The world’s first exercise bike was developed at GIH, and early in the school’s history, students from around the world came to study in one of the world’s first physiotherapy programmes.

And GIH’s present is just as glorious as it’s past. Alumni include Erik Hamrén, manager of the Swedish men’s national football team, and Pia Sundhage, former head coach of the US women’s football team and current coach of the Swedish women’s national team. Also, many current and former students have successful professional careers in various sports like jujutsu, orienteering, dancing and skiing. In addition, many of the school’s sport psychologists are hired by the Swedish Olympic Committee.