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Student life at Uppsala University is about more than just classes. Your time outside the classroom will include taking part in a range of social and cultural activities, and exploring your new surroundings. We encourage you to make the most of your time in Sweden, both professionally and socially. Make an effort to get to know the best thing about Sweden - the people. We hope those you meet will inspire and encourage you, and provide you with memories you will cherish for the rest of your life. We also hope you will take advantage of your location, and see as much of this beautiful country and the places that surround it as you can.

Public Holidays

2015 2016
1 January - New Year's Day 1 January - New Year's Day
6 January - Epiphany 6 January - Epiphany
3 April - Good Friday 25 March - Good Friday
5 April - Easter Sunday 27 March - Easter Sunday
6 April - Easter Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
1 May - Labour Day 1 May - Labour Day
14 May - Ascension 5 May - Ascension
6 June - Swedish National Day 6 June - Swedish National Day
19 June - Midsummer Eve 24 June - Midsummer Eve
20 June - Midsummer Day 25 June - Midsummer Day
31 October - All Saints Day 5 November - All Saints Day
24 December - Christmas Eve 24 December - Christmas Eve
25 December - Christmas Day 25 December - Christmas Day
31 December - New Year's Eve 31 December - New Year's Eve

Swedish Culture

While Sweden is a modern and culturally diverse society, traditional celebrations such as Midsummer and Lucia are observed as enthusiastically today as in previous generations. As an international student, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the cultural highlights of the Swedish year, such as Easter, Valborg, Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas.

Swedish Everyman's Right

In Sweden, the general public has the right to access certain public and privately owned land for recreation and exercise purposes. This is called “Allemansrätten”, and means that people in Sweden can hike or camp on someone else’s land, boat and fish on someone else’s waters, and pick wildflowers, berries and mushrooms in privately owned fields. Along with these rights come responsibilities, and people are not allowed to harm, disturb, litter, damage or destroy wildlife, crops or property. Everyman’s Right is an important part of Swedish cultural heritage, and the unique freedom to access the countryside is one of the reasons Sweden is such an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Uppsala's Student Nations

One of the most integral parts of student life in Uppsala is the student nations. There are thirteen Student Nations, each dating back to the 17th century. Only students can become a member of the nations, which are responsible for arranging activities and events specifically for students.

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Sport

In Uppsala and on Gotland, students can take part in a range of indoor and outdoor sporting activities throughout the year. In Sweden, soccer, ice hockey and bandy are amongst the most popular sports.

Campus1477 is the Student Health Centre’s fitness section in Uppsala, with two large training facilities located at the Science Park and Blåsenhus. Here, you can use modern exercise facilities, play sport and take part in group training classes. Campus1477 also has indoor rock climbing facilities, saunas and a light room to compensate for light deprivation during the winter. Massage and physiotherapy services are also available. At Campus1477, you can purchase a student membership at a discount price. Students can also join various sporting clubs organised by the nations, or become a member of a private gym.

Schengen Visa

The Schengen Visa has made travelling between its 25 member countries much easier and less bureaucratic. Travelling on such a visa means that the visa holder can travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country.

The purpose of the visit must be leisure, tourism, or business. Upon the issuance of the visa, the visa holder is allowed to enter all member countries and travel freely throughout the Schengen area. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period.

The following 25 countries are Schengen Visa members: 

Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
Finland France Germany Greece Hungary
Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland