Study at Uppsala University

Choosing Uppsala University is an investment in your future. Here, students receive a world-class education with access to the most recent scientific developments. Our educators are experts in their fields; they incorporate currently and global perspectives into the curriculum and promote innovative and original thinking.

There is a close link between education and research, and many of the university's teaching and research staff are at the forefront of scientific development. Simply put, Uppsala University commands and promotes academic excellence.

Uppsala University is internationally recognised as being one of the top 100 universities in the world. For over 500 years, the University has delivered professional and pedagogical education, applied the highest academic standards, and conducted research that makes a real difference. We have succeeded in recruiting some of the best teaching staff from around the world, and our aim is to educate, inspire and help our students to excel. Since it was founded in 1477, the University has attracted some of the world's very best minds, such as Carl von Linnaeus, Olof Rudbeck, Anders Celsius, and more recently Skype founder Niklas Zennström. In fact, eight academics affiliated with the University have been awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize, and every year in December the University is visited by some of the new Nobel laureates who give open lectures to our students and the public.

Exciting Campus Areas

Uppsala University can be found in two parts of Sweden: in the city of Uppsala, and on the island of Gotland. While these areas differ in size and character, students at each campus can enjoy a creative and inspiring atmosphere and have access to world-class facilities. Regardless of whether you are situated in Uppsala or Gotland, you can combine your studies with an incredible cultural experience and see all that Sweden has to offer.

Read more about Uppsala University's campus areas.

Higher Education in Sweden

Swedish higher education is divided into three distinct levels: first cycle (Bachelor's degree), second cycle (Master's degree) and third cycle (Doctoral degree). Each cycle is based on the former, which means that students must have completed a first cycle programme to move onto the second cycle, and a second cycle programme to move onto the third cycle. This follows the same educational system as the majority of European countries.

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.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Year

The academic year consists of 40 weeks (20 weeks per semester), and begins with the autumn semester and finishes with the spring semester.

Semester Dates


Autumn 2015     31 August - 17 January    Weeks: 36-02  
Spring 2016    18 January - 5 June    Weeks: 03-22


Autumn 2016    29 August - 15 January    Weeks: 35-02
Spring 2017    16 January - 4 June    Weeks: 03-22


There are no formal holiday periods during the semester. There are however short breaks over Christmas and Easter. The exact duration of these breaks will depend on the course that the student is taking at that time.

Student Support, Safety and Diversity

At Uppsala University, the health and welbeing of our students is taken very seriously. We provide superior support to students prior to their arrival, during their studies and even after they graduate from Uppsala University. Here, all students share the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities, and staff members are always on hand to assist and support the student community.

Support and Services

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