Welcome programme in Uppsala autumn 2018

Every semester, Uppsala University, together with the student nations and student unions, organise a range of activities to welcome our new international students. Below, you can read about the welcome programme that has been planned for students commencing their studies in the autumn semester of 2018.

Students who will be studying at Campus Gotland please find out more about the Welcome programme in Visby.

How to get to Uppsala

Programme details

Arrival days AUTUMN 2018

Arrival desk at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Uppsala University will have an arrival desk set up at Arlanda Airport on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August between 10am and 8pm, and on Saturday 25 August between 10am and 3pm.

The desk is located outside customs service in Terminal 5.

Please note that if you arrive at any other terminal you must go to Terminal 5 to meet us. While the arrival desk is open, we will offer a complimentary shuttle service from Arlanda Airport to Uppsala. The shuttle service from Arlanda Airport will drop students off at the Welcome Centre in Uppsala (at the Segerstedt Building).

Welcome Centre in Uppsala

Uppsala University will have a Welcome Centre set up in Uppsala, at the Segerstedt Building. The Welcome Centre will be open on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August between 11am and 9pm, and on Saturday 25 August between 11am and 4pm.

Activities at the Welcome Centre include:

  • Uppsala University Housing Office for keys and contracts to most housing areas (only for students who have been offered housing through the Uppsala University Housing Office)
  • Welcome packages, including a SIM-card
  • Shuttle services to housing areas
  • Student Internet Account (requires formal ID, take your passport with you)
  • Temporary student ID

Staff from the Housing Office and the International Office, as well as student volunteers, will be on hand at the Welcome Centre. The Segerstedt Building is located on Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7.

Welcome reception

On Wednesday 29 August, Uppsala University will hold a Welcome Reception in the University Main Building for newly arrived international students. The reception, which includes an official welcome by the Vice-Chancellor as well as information sessions, will commence at 1pm and wind down at 5pm with a mingle and light refreshments. The event is both informative and fun, and gives new students the opportunity to get to know the university and each other. It is therefore recommended that all international students in Uppsala attend. Swedish Master’s students are also welcome to participate. 

Information sessions will be held by:

  • International Office
  • University Libraries
  • Student Health
  • Officer for equal opportunities
  • The Student Nations

Welcome fair

The Welcome Fair will be held for both international and Swedish students on Friday 31 August between 1pm and 3pm at the University Main Building. Here are the activities arranged in connection to the fair:

  • 2.45pm Guided bus tour in central Uppsala (free tickets at the information desk)
  • 6 pm “Recce pub”: pub at Norrlands nation with activities (no membership needed)

Orientation week

The schedule for the orientation week arranged by the student nations can be found below:

Orientation Week Schedule Autumn 2018

Open house at Museum gustavianum

You are welcome to learn more about Uppsala University’s history during the open house at Museum Gustavianum. The museum will be open on Sunday 26 August, from 5pm until 7pm. Guided tours in English will be offered by Museum Gustavianum’s Student Guides at 5.30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm.

Sweden’s oldest university was founded here in Uppsala in 1477 and the first students were admitted in the autumn of that year. But how much has changed since the Middle Ages? Notes made by a student called Olle, from Gotland, give us a good picture of student life during these early years. The lectures were given in Latin and the students wrote down what the teacher read aloud; lectura in fact means ’reading’ in Medieval English. It was presumably somewhat simpler to choose between courses then, since there were only three subjects on offer: philosophy, law or theology.

We invite you to stop by the museum and learn more about medieval initiation ceremonies, female students who challenged the norms of their time, and how views about science have been altered through the centuries by scientists such as Carl Linnaeus!

guided tours

During August and September we offer a number of guided tours to all new international students. Tickets will be sold at the Service Centre at the Segerstedt Building (Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7) from 2 August and onwards. Opening hours during the summer, 25 June - 17 August, are 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday. From August 20 and onwards, the Service Centre is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday - Friday. We only accept card payment, so please do not bring cash.