Uppsala University, founded in 1477, is the oldest university in Scandinavia. Several famous scholars have worked at the University, including Carl von Linné and Anders Celsius. Since 1901 six Nobel prizes have been awarded to researchers at Uppsala University. The university library, Carolina Rediviva, is one of Scandinavia’s best-equipped libraries for research in liberal arts with approximately five million volumes.
An important part of student life at Uppsala University is the system of student nations. There are thirteen student nation organizations dating back to the 17th century and named for the regions in Sweden, which are primarily clubs for students from the region. As an exchange student you may choose which nation you want to join.
Uppsala has 45,000 students and more than 40 programs of study, and offers many courses in English. One important difference in the academic system is that students at Uppsala University study single subject courses consecutively rather than concurrently as in the U.S.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
East European Studies
Theology & Philosophy
Literature & Linguistics
All courses listed on www.uu.se/en/admissions/exchange/course/
will be taught in English and are open to exchange students assuming prerequisites are met. Note that no entry level courses are available in Natural Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering. Students must have strong academic backgrounds within these subjects and meet the eligibility requirements described in each course description.
In the Uppsala application students will be asked to provide 8 courses in order of preference that are approved by UM. It will be necessary for students to demonstrate that they have met the prerequisites for requested courses by providing details from the UM transcript. Students will be pre-approved for modules and notified in the admissions letter. Note: there is no add-or-drop period, so pre-approved courses are quite fixed at the time of admissions.
UM highly recommends that students enroll in the free Intensive Basic Swedish course
in August for students enrolling in the fall or academic year program. The course grants 7.5 ECTS (3.75 UM credits). Students who have been offered accommodation through the University Housing Office will get an extended contract in order to be able to move in early for the intensive course.
Exchange students are encouraged to enroll in a basic Swedish course worth 7.5 ECTS (3.75 UM credits). This course is designed to be taken parallel with other courses. Students can apply for the course upon arrival. For more information see the Department of Scandinavian Languages
Students may also choose to take the Swedish Culture Program
, a 30 ECTS credit (15 UM credits) program for exchange students that includes Swedish history, Swedish art and music, and Swedish literature.
The academic structure at Uppsala is quite different from the UM structure. Students will take one course at a time and should expect fewer assessments throughout the course. Oral exams are common.
Most courses offered in English at Uppsala use the VG,G,U scale and only assign G (=B at UM) or U (=F at UM) grades to students. UM students are strongly advised to review the grading options of each class when selecting courses by reviewing the course syllabus.
Uppsala Universitet VG, G, U scale UM Grade
väl godkänd (Pass with Distinction) A
godkänd (Pass) B
underkänd (Fail) F
Uppsala Universitet 0-5 scale UM Grade
5 Pass with Distinction A
4 Pass with Credit B
3 Pass C
U Fail F
The following grading scale will no longer be used after spring 2018.
Uppsala Universitet ECTS scale UM Grade
FX OR F F
Some classes are graded pass (Godkänd) or fail and will appear on the UM transcript with a grade of CR or NC so additional approval may be needed for a course equivalency.
1 ECTS credit = .5 UM credits
Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Room and Board:
Exchange students can choose a room in one of several residence halls. Many of the halls are located in suburban areas about a 5-minute bus ride to the University. Rent is paid directly to Uppsala on a monthly basis. In most student complexes, rooms are singles with private baths and there are shared kitchen and laundry facilities. No meal plans are available so students should be prepared to cook meals for themselves.
Fact sheet_UU_for Mobility fall_2018.pdf
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If you are a Florida resident, you may be eligible for a scholarship through the Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) South Florida Cultural Scholarship. See full eligibility requirements. application process and other important information here.
Fall: Late August to mid-January (finals for many courses are during the 2nd or 3rd week of January. In many instances, these finals must be taken in person at Uppsala).
Spring: Mid-January to mid-June
Contact a former participant who will gladly answer your questions.