Welcome reception for new students

On 30 August we welcome all new students at Uppsala University to a welcome reception. By attending, you will get a taste of student life and obtain some useful information before starting your studies. You will also have a chance to meet over 60 student organisations, student nations, student unions and other organisations that you might want to get to know better. We look forward to seeing you there!

PS. The welcome reception is also called the 'recce reception'. The word 'recce' is short for Recentior which is Latin and means new student. It is pronounced 'ressay'.

How to get to Uppsala

Arrival days autumn 2019

Arrival desk at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Uppsala University will have an arrival desk set up at Arlanda Airport on Thursday 22 August between 11:00 and 20:00, Friday 23 August between 11.00 and 21:30, and Saturday 24 August between 11:00 and 15:00.

The desk is located outside the customs service in Terminal 5.

Please note that if you arrive at any other terminal you will need to go to Terminal 5 to meet us. While the arrival desk is open, we will offer a complimentary shuttle service from Arlanda Airport to Uppsala. The shuttle service from Arlanda Airport will drop students off at the Welcome Centre in Uppsala (at the Segerstedt Building).

Welcome Centre in Uppsala

Uppsala University will have a Welcome Centre set up in Uppsala, at the Segerstedt Building. The Welcome Centre will be open on Thursday 22 August between 12:00 and 21:00, Friday 23 August between 12:00 and 22:30, and Saturday 24 August between 12:00 and 16:00.

Services at the Welcome Centre include:

  • Uppsala University Housing Office for keys and contracts for most housing areas (only for students who have been offered housing through the Uppsala University Housing Office)
  • Welcome packages
  • Shuttle services to housing areas
  • Student Internet Account (requires formal ID, take your passport with you)
  • Temporary student ID

Staff from the Housing Office and the International Office, as well as student volunteers, will be on hand at the Welcome Centre. The Segerstedt Building is located at Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7.

Intensive Basic Swedish Summer Course

Please note that students who are taking the Intensive Basic Swedish Summer Course starting on Monday 5 August and have housing provided by Uppsala University Housing Office will receive information by email about how to pick up their keys.


Date: Friday, 30 August, 2019
Venue: University Main Building
Find the University Main Building, map

11:00–12:30 Welcome ceremony in English

The ceremony includes speeches, traditional music and other entertainment.

11:00 Grand Auditorium opens
11:30-12:30 Speeches and entertainment

  • Speech by Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson
  • Speeches by Frida Gommel, President of Juridiska föreningen in Uppsala, and Viktor Mattsson,  President of Uppsalaekonomerna, representing all student unions in Uppsala
  • Speech by Karin Karlsson, Curator Curatorum, Kuratorskonventet
  • Speech by Fredrik Ahlstedt, Deputy Mayor, Uppsala Municipality
  • Music by Kungliga Akademiska kapellet
  • Folk music by V-Dala Spelmanslag

12:30–14:00 Student Fair

 Acquaint yourself with student organisations, nations, unions, student support services and others you might come into contact with during your studies. 

15:45–17:00 Visit student unions and nation pubs

15:45 Union mingle at Uppsala studentkår/ Uppsala Student Union, Övre Slottsgatan 7
15:45 Union mingle at Uppsalaekonomerna/ Uppsala Business & Economics Student Association, at Borgen, Kyrkogårdsgatan 2B. We will gather outside the University Main Building, next to the main entrance. Keep your eyes open for the meeting point sign.
16:00 Union mingle at Farmacevtiska studentkåren/ Pharmaceutical Student Union, at Pharmen, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 16. Gather below the University Main Building at the large statue directly in front of the main entrance.

From 18:00–Recce pub at Göteborgs Nation

Recce pub at Göteborgs Nation, S:t Larsgatan 7.
Please note that a ticket is required and can be collected in the nation lounge, in hall XI.

Print the programme

Decorative image: Uppsala Cathedral at night


If you are a new student on Campus Gotland, you can read about the welcome reception in Visby.

information sessions

The week before the start of the semester, we will hold a number of information sessions to help you prepare for your studies in Sweden. The sessions are mainly intended for Master's students, and you can find the schedule below:

Introduction to university studies in Sweden and study techniques
Monday 26 August, 13:15 - 15:00
Hall 3, Campus Ekonomikum

Cultural awareness and handling stress
Tuesday 27 August, 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00
The sessions are identical, so you only need to sign up for one.
Eva Netzelius Hall, Campus Blåsenhus

Practical information from Uppsala University
Wednesday 28 August, 13:15-14:15 and 14:30-15:30
The sessions are identical, so you only need to sign up for one.
Hall 4, Campus Ekonomikum

As seats are limited, please register for sessions using the following link:


Please note that attending the information sessions is not compulsory, and if they conflict with activities organised by your programme or department, then you should prioritise those.

Orientation week

The orientation programme is organised by the International Committee which is a student run organisation. Orientation will be held between Sunday 25 August and 1 September 2019.

Orientation programme

Faculty related orientation activities

Faculty of Sciences and Technology
Starting on Wednesday 4 September, the Uppsala Union of Engineering and Science Students (UTN) will host an International Reception for all new international and Master's students at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology. This will be an excellent opportunity for new students in the faculty to meet other students and learn about life in Uppsala. For more detailed information please visit their website.

Guided bus tours

New international students at Uppsala University will have the opportunity to take go on guided bus tours to destinations in and around Uppsala.

See full programme.

evening at the library for international students

For the third year running international students are invited to spend an evening at one of Uppsala University's libraries, where you will receive practical help to get you started with using the libraries' resources and services. You will be offered Swedish fika, and have the chance to get to know some of your fellow international classmates.

Date and Time: Tuesday 3 September, from 18:00 to 19:00
Place: Dag Hammarskjöld och Law Library, Slottsgränd 3

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Read about student life in Uppsala and Visby.