New as a student

If you are a new student at Uppsala university you have a lot to look forward to. You will hopefully meet new friends and have a lot of new experiences. At the same time, it is important to remember that moving to a new country can be a major change.

Like any change, it can cause uncertainty and worry. It is perfectly normal to feel lost and confused in the beginning. To get settled in and to make yourself more at home, try to get to know your city and your surroundings better. Try to create routines in your new life. For example, sign up for a gym class, take a tour around the city, get plants or decorate to make your accommodation feel more like your home.

Being an international student

For many international students studying in Uppsala involves an academic adjustment. In Sweden there is, in general, more focus on the process and application of information than on the facts when compared to many other countries. This often means that you are expected to actively participate in seminars by voicing your opinion. The relationship with the professors is also not as formal as you might be used to. Don't be afraid to ask if you have questions and remember that you are studying at the university to learn.

Another phenomenon that is very common in Sweden is group work. You'll need to communicate well with other group members and you have to rely on them to do their part. Remember that academic difficulties are common, especially when you are adjusting to a new culture, system, and environment.

Study strategies

Another recommendation is to, at the beginning of the semester plan when you'll study and when you'll have time for leisure. To stay healthy and perform well in your studies in the long run, you need to get enough time for recovery. Take short breaks during the day and take time for more significant rest in the evenings and on weekends. What helps you recover and recharge can be very individual. It can, for example, be to read a book, listen to music, spend time with friends, or exercise. Do things that make you feel good and more energised.

Living in Sweden

Living in a new country with a different culture can also have other challenges. Everything from how to buy a bus ticket to opening a bank account can be a struggle. Try to be curious and to get to know your new country and the people who live here with an open mind. The student nations in Uppsala offer all kinds of activities for different interests.

As you probably already know, Sweden is a country where it gets cold and dark in the wintertime. Make sure you buy both warm clothes and good shoes to keep you warm, and that you spend time in the daylight when you can.

If you have a long-term disability, you can apply for targeted study support. Another resource is The language workshop. They offer special support for students with dyslexia, but also have support for all students regarding study technique, presentations, and academic writing.

Tagged 4 Uppsala is a blog by international students that covers a range of topics, including the student nations, housing, and tips for surviving the winter. You can also follow them on Instagram.

Good luck with your studies and enjoy your stay in Sweden!