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 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. 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 some courses at the 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, stables, a swimming pool, 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.
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 of the school have coached both Swedish and foreign national teams. Many current and former students have also had successful professional careers in various sports, such as jujitsu, orienteering, dancing and skiing. In addition, many of the school’s sport psychologists are hired by the Swedish Olympic Committee.