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.

Study in Uppsala

Every year, thousands of new students from Sweden and around the world arrive in Uppsala to begin their adventure as a university student. Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden, and is known as the country's premier student city because of the 40 000+ students that call it home. The university has teaching and research grounds spread throughout the city, and the popular student nations play a dominant role in Uppsala student life. Here, you can enjoy Uppsala's charming student traditions and at the same time find all the opportunities of a big city.

Study at Gotland

Students at Campus Gotland have the unique opportunity to study in a historic island setting. Gotland is not only Sweden's largest island, but the largest in the Baltic Sea. With its pristine beaches, medieval architecture and warm summer months, Gotland is one of Sweden's favourite holiday destinations. Uppsala University's Campus Gotland is located in Visby, the island's main town. As a student at Campus Gotland, you can enjoy studying at Sweden's most picturesque learning environment.

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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, grades and examinations

The duration and extent of programmes and courses is expressed in a system of points or credits (högskolepoäng). As of July 1, 2007, the Swedish credit system is identical with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One semester of full-time study is equivalent to 30 credits or 30 ECTS credits. A full academic year corresponds to 60 credits. Each week of full-time study is worth 1.5 credits.

Both the Swedish credits and ECTS credits are a numerical value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course unit requires in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of academic study, i.e. lectures, practical work, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, private study and examinations or other assessment activities. The credit system is thus based on a full student workload and not limited to contact hours only.

Note that in Sweden the number of teaching hours per week may vary considerably between different subjects and courses. Thus, there is no one-to-one correspondence between the number of credits for a course and the number of teaching hours for that course, as is often the case in some other countries. Every course, however, requires full-time study equivalent to its number of credits.

Read more about the grading system at Uppsala University.

As of January 1, 2011, the ECTS grade scale was phased out and replaced by information pertaining to the statistical distribution of the Swedish grades. In some cases ECTS grades may still be available. The grade “Fail” does not appear on an official transcript of records. You can read the details of this update here.

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. It is often written in the form year/year (eg. 2012/2013).

Semester Dates


Autumn 2014    1 September –  18 January    Weeks: 36–03
Spring 2015    19 January – 7 June    Weeks: 04–23


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


Uppsala University uses the ISO-week system to number the weeks of the year. For more information see


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.

Exam Periods

There is no defined exam period. All examinations are held within regular semester times. For example, if a course is offered from week 03-07 the examination will be held at some stage during that period, likely towards the end of week 07.

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.

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