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Happy 538th birthday to Uppsala University!

7 October 2015

On this day 538 years ago, in 1477, Uppsala University first began to offer education.

The story of Uppsala University’s founding in 1477:

  • In a bull, issued upon a request made at the initiative of Jakob Ulvsson, Pope Sixtus IV gives his permission to establish a university in Uppsala on February 27.
  • On July 2, in Strängnäs, the University’s charter is signed by the Council of the Realm, led by Sten Sture.
  • On September 21, the pope’s bull is ceremoniously inaugurated in Uppsala.
  • On October 7 (St Bridget’s Day), instruction commences at the new University.

Today, Uppsala University offers more than 40 international Master’s programmes.

Learn more about the history of Uppsala University.