Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences - Gymnastik- och idrottshögskolan
English language section of Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
Type of Higher Education Institution: University
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences was established in Stockholm in 1813, and has the distinction of being the oldest college of its kind in the world. The college was started by Pehr Henrik Ling and offers a range of courses and research programs on physical education and preventive health. While the majority of the courses are taught in Swedish, efforts are being made to introduce more courses in English, in order to allow international students to also attend.
There are currently about 650 students enrolled at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. There are four main programs of study at the college, namely physical education teaching, sports science & health science, sports science & coaching and sport management. These courses range from two to five years and all courses have joint programs in their first year. Following this, students may choose whichever subjects they would like incorporate for their degree profile.
A number of research opportunities are also available at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, with the main emphasis being on human biology and sports pedagogic. A number of projects are currently underway, including studies on the aspects of gender in sport, exercise physiology, understanding the mechanics of back problems and the control of energy processes. Efforts are currently underway to establish permanent research facilities for the college, in light of the number of projects it is involved in.