Incoming exchange students

If your home university has an exchange agreement with Uppsala University and our department you have the opportunity to study economic history with us.

Exchange agreements

In order to attend Uppsala University as an exchange student, your home university must have a current exchange agreement with Uppsala University.

  • This page is for exchange students coming through exchange agreements with the Department of Economic History.
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Your home university coordinator or international office will submit your nomination to study in Uppsala to the Erasmus coordinator at the Department of Economic History.

After your nomination has been received, you will contacted by the Erasmus coordinator at our department with details of how to submit your application.

The application deadline to study in the autumn term is always April 15. The deadline for the spring term is always October 15. Depending on the type of agreement your university has with the department, you can choose to study one term or two terms.

On your application, you will need to include all of your current transcripts, course selections, and other information. It is recommended that your transcripts be in English.

The department offers courses in economic history at undergraduate level for exchange students. All courses taught in English. In order to study at Uppsala, you must have a very good knowledge of English.

A full semester of courses at Uppsala University is made up of 30 credits (ECTS). To study here, you need to take a minimum of 22.5 credits. Check with your home coordinator about how these credits will translate for your specific degree.

Course mapping for exchange students

All courses for exchange students at Uppsala University

Course list:

The course applies a general and global perspective on economic history and transformation from pre-historic times up to the present. The emphasis is on the period c.1000-present and on the economic history of the Western world. The global economy is seen as a system with interconnected parts from the global to the local economy. Theories about economic transformation will be presented. A key question for the course will be why some countries are rich and others not.

Why Some Countries syllabus

This course deals in some depth with the extensive structural and economic changes which have characterised Sweden since the mid 19th century. This takes the form of a chronological analysis of the rapid transition from a typical poor agrarian society to an industrial welfare state. Which were the driving forces behind the development? Why did they occur so late? Which were the production factors so favourable to Sweden? These are some of the questions activated in the course. The background and substance of the concept of The Swedish Model is also dealt with.

Swedens Econonic and Social Development syllabus

The course introduces the topic of monetary systems in theory and in practice. It focuses on how today's international monetary systems have developed historically and, in particular, how today's monetary system may facilitate or impede the transition to a sustainable economy.

From Barter to Bitcoin syllabus

This course explores the historical shift from extraction - the process of relying on nature for the sustenance of human life - to extractivism, a set of practices premised on capital accumulation and power inequalities. We also expand our field of vision to include rentierism, the broad contemporary phenomenon of money-making through ownership and control of assets of different kinds. We thus engage in debates about whether extractivism and its contemporary forms can convincingly be seen as a central feature of capitalism currently - namely, rentier capitalism.

Something for Nothing syllabus

The aim of the course is to train the student in basic research work, proper use of sources and scientific writing. This is a limited independent research exercise with a duration of approximately four to five weeks. The basic task is to solve a well-defined delimited research problem within a wider economic historic context. The work ends up with an essay of approx. 20 pages of typed text.

Essay Writing syllabus

The aim of the course is to train the student in basic research work, scientific writing, the application of suitable research methods, critical evaluation of sources and in a seminar to defend her/his study. This is a limited independent research task with a duration of approximately 8 to 10 weeks. This work ends up with a scientific report of 30–40 pages of typed text. Professional supervision is continuously given. The basic task is to solve a well defined delimited research problem within a wider economic historic context by applying well established scientific methods and, when applicable, to make use of theoretical frameworks.

Research Paper syllabus

Learning Swedish

Uppsala University offers some Swedish courses, such as the Basic Swedish courses 1–4. You apply for these courses by including them in your exchange application.

Courses at the Department of Scandinavian Languages


Enusre check your schedule to see when your final exam is, and the re-exam. Before you book your ticket home, make sure you will be able to attend your exam.

Once you have decided when you will be departing Uppsala, let the Erasmus coordinator know so that your final paperwork can be prepared. This will include updating any aspect of your Learning Agreement and your departure forms. Please also inform the coordinator if you need ECTS grades.

Transcript of records

Your course grades will be registereed in Ladok in the weeks following your course. Once they are reported you can download them yourself (not including ECTS grades).

  1. Go to "My Ladok"
  2. Download your secure and verifiable Transcript of Records. If you send it to your home university, let them know they can use the link and verification code at the bottom of the page to verify that the document is authentic.

If you have requestsed ECTS grades, these will be sent to you separately by email by the Erasmus coordinator. Hard copies can be posted on request.

Thank you!

You are welcome to stay in touch with us here at the Department of Economic History. We also welcome your reflections about your exchange time so we can hear how much you enjoyed your time here, as well as things that we can do better.


Erasmus-koordinator Sarah Linden Pasay
Phone: +46 18-471 14 82

  • Visiting address: Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, entrance 10C, level 4
  • Postal address: Dept. of Economic History, Erasmus, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden