Exchange Studies

Courses for Exchange Students

Uppsala University offers more than 700 courses that are taught in English to incoming exchange students. We understand that courses is the crucial part of your exchange and therefore we will try to present all the information that you will need to discover and apply for the courses that fit you the best! Go directly to:

Course list
Course mapping
Academic calendar

Availability

The courses presented in the course catalogue are for exchange students only. Students coming on exchange to Uppsala University via a "departmental exchange" are restricted in what they can study. Please contact your departmental coordinator at Uppsala to find out which courses or subject areas are available for you.

Students coming on exchange to Uppsala University via a "general" or "university-wide" are able to choose courses from across the university - given of course that you meet the prerequisites. For questions about course proposals contact your coordinator at the International Office. 

Course levels

All courses are labelled with the cycle (First or Second) and the In-Depth Level. The cycle refers to the level of the program as a whole, whereas the “In-Depth Level” refers to the level of the course within that specific program, or cycle. For example, in some higher education systems you may describe a course as being a “second year course” or a “200 course” (the “In-Depth Level”) within a Bachelor’s degree program (the cycle). The “In-Depth Level” is expressed in terms of the expected number of credits a student will have completed within that specific subject area by the time they take that course.

In-depth level

  • G1N first cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
  • G1F first cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • G1E first cycle, contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
  • G2F first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • G2E first cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
  • A1N second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • A1F second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • A1E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
  • A2E second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
  • GXX first cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
  • AXX second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified 

Credits and Grades

The duration and extent of programmes and courses is expressed in a system of credits using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One semester of full-time study is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits. A full academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. Each week of full-time study is worth 1.5 credits.

The grading system differs between faculties and disciplinary domains. You can read about this in more detail in the following document: Grading System. The grade “Fail” does not appear on an official transcript of records. 

It is very important to note that if a student receives a passing grade, no re-takes or supplemental assignments can be done to receive a higher grade, nor can a student be re-registered on the course.

Course mapping

Before looking at what courses you can take, it is a good idea to understand how to map your courses. At many universities around the world you will study a number of courses parallel for the entire semester, whereas in Uppsala it is normal that you take courses sequentially – that is one after the other, not in parallel.