gothenburg, sweden

Valand School of Fine Arts

Valand is one of the most prestigious art schools in Sweden. It is a very small school with approximately 90 students. There is a traditional three-year bachelor’s program in fine art, a traditional two-year master’s program in fine art, various international and exchange programs for degree-seeking students, and a two-year Art and Technology MFA degree called Art Media. Valand’s goal is to educate students in such a way that they will be successful art teachers themselves. The school was founded as the Gothenburg Drawing School in 1865 and is part of the University of Gothenburg. Notable alumni include Einar Hakonarson, Pal Hollender and Gustaf Tenggren. For more information about the school, visit the Valand website.

About Gothenburg

Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the one of the largest cities in the Nordic countries. Located on the south-west coast of Sweden, the city has a population of over 500,000. It is home to many students and is the city where Volvo cars were invented.

The city has is home to several art museums, most of which are located in the city center. The Gothenburg Art Museum has a large collection of late 19th century Scandinavian art as well as work by Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso. The music scene is progressive and diverse, with venues dedicated to almost all genres from jazz and world music to country and rock. (Source: Visit Gothenburg, Sweden)

Courses of Study

The institution offers a major in Fine Arts that includes all of the majors available at SFAI.

Language and Curriculum

International exchange students are enrolled in classes with degree students and other exchange students. Classes are taught in both Swedish and English, and language classes are available at no additional cost. Each exchange student is provided with an individual studio space.

Term Dates

The fall semester begins late August and ends late December. The spring semester begins late January and ends mid-June.

Deadlines to apply - April 1 for the fall semester, September 20 for the spring semester

Housing Overview

Student housing is available. The cost of housing varies for both student and non-student housing, but typically is less than housing costs in San Francisco. Students who wish to find accommodations independently often use these websites: and

Application Requirements

SFAI students who wish to apply to study at Valand must submit the following:

- SFAI Study Abroad Application
- Valand Application
- Two recommendation letters from SFAI faculty. Download the recommendation form.
- Official SFAI academic transcript
- Statement of purpose
- Five work samples
- Copy of your passport
- Certificate signed by your professor