Top-level Sports and studies

All students at Uppsala University will be offered favourable conditions for being able to study and be involved in different types of activities during their leisure time, especially regarding exercise and sports.

Uppsala University has developed routines for how you as a top-level sports student will be able to get guidance and support for combining academic studies and top-level sports. Guidance counsellors at the university can go over your study plan and your course of studies with you. Previous experiences show that a long term perspective and forward planning can make it possible to successfully combine academic studies and top-level sports. There are also scholarships you can apply for as a top-level sports student.

Procedures for top-level sports students have been developed in dialogue with and according to wishes from students, departments at the university and sports organisations at local, regional and national level so that Uppsala University can to a greater extent facilitate the combining of academic studies and with top-level sports activities.

A prerequisite is that top-level sports students are not given preference in relation to other students concerning admission to the university. Special support for top-level sports students can only be considered if the students are admitted according to the same terms and conditions as other students.


The sport must be included in one of the special sports federations that are organised by Swedish Sports Confederation (Riksidrottsförbundet). Individual athletes should compete on at least national championship level and/or in national teams to be defined as top-level athletes. Top-level team athletes should compete in the top two national leagues. The definition also applies to coaches for top-level teams and athletes, managers of national teams and federal coaches.


If you have any questions regarding combining academic studies with top-level sports at Uppsala University, please get in touch with our university contact people for top-level sports students. We can provide guidance and information regarding suitable study options before you apply and also help you get in touch with subject or department guidance counsellors. You are also welcome to contact us when you have been admitted to Uppsala University for guidance and assistance regarding further contacts within the university.

Scholarships for top-level sports students

If you are an active top level athlete, have studied at least one semester and are registered for part-time (at least 50%) studies at Uppsala University, you can apply for a scholarship of 25,000 SEK. The purpose of the scholarship is to highlight good role models at Uppsala University that highlight the possibilities of combining higher education with practice of top-level sports.

Both study and sport qualifications are considered when awarding the scholarship. More weight is given to study qualifications. Recipients may only receive the scholarship once. Two scholarships are intended for female students and two for male students. The application deadline for 2018 is over. Scholarships are appointed in April 2018. Scholarships for next year is announced in January 2019.


Central contacts:

Central study counselling
Per-Erik Pettersson, +46 18 471 75 61
Mikael Wångmar, +46 18 471 75 64

Contact persons for different fields:

Humanities and social sciences
If you study business administration: Maria Johansson, study counsellor
If you study law: Lee Holmström, study counsellor
If you study food science and nutrition: Helena Elmeståhl, study director
If you study human geography: Karin Beckman, study counsellor

Medicine and pharmacy
Helena Ekbrink, study counsellor

Science and technology
Ylva Hedstrand, study counsellor

Questions about the scholarships:

Tom Petersson, +46 70 425 02 77