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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.