Study of Runes, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, Mixed, 25%, Distance learning

    Start date: 15 January 2024

    End date: 2 June 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-05714 Application

    Language of instruction: Swedish

    Location: Flexible

    Selection: Final school grades (60%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (40%)

    Number of mandatory meetings on campus: 0

    Number of voluntary meetings on campus: 0

    Registration: 14 December 2023 – 14 January 2024

Entry requirements: General entry requirements


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 11,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11,250

About the course

In this course, you will learn to read and interpret Sweden's oldest texts. The runes and runic inscriptions are a remarkable cultural heritage. The ability to read them serves as a gateway back in time.

The course provides basic knowledge in reading runic inscriptions spanning all the way from the 2nd century right up until the 19th century, with an emphasis on the late Viking Age. In order to understand the inscriptions and their purposes, you will learn some principal features of the Old East Norse language and gain insight into the societies in which the inscriptions were produced.

More information


Department of Scandinavian Languages

Thunbergsvägen 3L, hus 16, plan 2 Institutionen för nordiska språk

Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för nordiska språk, Box 527, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1271


Study Counsellor


Telephone: +46 18 471 12 76