Incoming exchange students

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In order to attend Uppsala University as an exchange student, your home university must have a current formal exchange agreement with Uppsala University. To find out if this applies to you, your first port of call should be the exchange officer at your department or the international office at your home university.

If there is no exchange agreement between your university and Uppsala University, you have several other options. You may wish to apply for freestanding courses and attend Uppsala University as a freemover. Or, you may be interested in applying for a Master's programme at Uppsala University once you have completed your Bachelor's studies.

If you have any questions regarding exchange studies at Uppsala University, send an email to

Exchange agreements

If you are interested in coming to study an exchange period at Uppsala University the single most important question you can ask is: "Is there an exchange agreement with my university?". The only way that you can participate in an exchange is if there is an official agreement. Uppsala University does not accept students outside of these agreements. Many universities around the world, in addition to their exchange programs, have programs whereby students can undertake studies outside of specific exchange agreements. We do not have such an arrangement at Uppsala University.

If your university does not have an agreement with Uppsala University you should talk to your own international office about what other universities your university has agreements with, or about developing an agreement with Uppsala University. If this is not possible you may wish to consider studying one of our many Master's programmes taught in English after you have completed your Bachelor's degree.


If your university has a "departmental" exchange with Uppsala, you may courses from within the specific department that has the exchange agreement. You can find information about what courses are available at your department at your department's website (see "Departments at Uppsala University" at the end of this page).

If your university has a so called "general" or "university wide" exchange agreement, then you are able to choose courses from a variety of different departments. See the Courses for Exchange Students section for more information about courses available for exchange students.


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Once you have found some interesting courses it is time to start thinking about whether you can get credit for these courses at your home university. The Swedish "higher education credits" are exactly equivalent to ECTS credits - that is, you take 30 credits per semester. Read through the course descriptions, check the prerequisites and discuss your options with your study counsellor at home. You will find more information about how to map your courses in the application form or from your future department at Uppsala University.

Swedish language courses

All exchange students have the chance to take a course in basic Swedish for free. The course is worth 7.5 ECTS and runs every semester. It is given part time and designed to be taken in parallel with your regular studies. For more information about the content of the Basic Swedish courses, see the Department of Scandinavian Languages.


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After you have been nominated by your home university it is time to get started filling in application forms! Note: Many of Uppsala University's exchange agreements are departmental agreements. Check with your coordinator at home if there is an application form for your specific department. Individual departments may also have their own deadlines. It is extremely important that you check with your home university if your agreement is a departmental agreement, or if it is a general, university wide agreement.

International Contact Person

Many departments have their own international coordinators, and some of the larger departments may even have their own international office. If you are coming to Uppsala University on a departmental exchange then you will likely have most of your contact with your exchange coordinator at the department. Contact your exchange coordinator to find out more about what hours they are available.