Uppsala University

Uppsala University
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearMarch 15SeptemberJuneBudget
SpringSept 15JanuaryJuneBudget
FallMarch 15SeptemberJanuaryBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Swedish
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and has more than 35,000 students. Although Swedish is the native language, hundreds of courses are regularly taught in English! The city of Uppsala has the charm of a small town as well as the opportunities of a big city, located about 45 minutes from Stockholm. Click here to learn "Why Uppsala University?"


The University offers research and education in theology, law, medicine (including health sciences and nursing), humanities, social and behavioral sciences, economics, technology, and natural sciences. Hundreds of courses are regularly taught in English which enables exchange students without prior knowledge of Swedish to study at Uppsala University. 

Most courses are labeled with a course level (A, B, C or D). This indicates how advanced the course is. Level A is introductory (first year), and D is at a level paralleled with UA graduate coursework. Uppsala University offers a large number of single subject courses, offered in block style (lasting usually 4-6 weeks). It is very important to pre-select a Swedish schedule in which individual courses will not overlap much. Once a student applies for the Uppsala University exchange, they are pre-registered for classes, which will ensure that they can get into the classes needed.

Note: The following subject areas may require additional pre-requisites. Be sure to read the following comments.

  • Business courses – Prerequisites vary considerably (Application deadline is earlier if you intend to take business courses)
  • Law courses – At least two years of prior Law studies are required
  • Medicine – As clinical courses in Medicine require knowledge of fluent Swedish and are very competitive, these courses rarely accept exchange students.
  • Natural Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering: No entry level courses are available, so students must have strong academic backgrounds within these subjects and meet the eligibility requirements described in each course description.

Interested in studying Swedish?

Basic Swedish Language courses run part time and as evening classes throughout the semester. Interested in learning more and/or registering for 7.5 academic ECTS credits for Swedish language?


Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala, the fourth largest city in Sweden, has the charm of a small town as well as the opportunities of a big city. The population is about 190,000 people. Uppsala is located 45 miles north of Stockholm, which is about 45 minutes by train. Uppsala is a true "student" city with a living history.

Sweden is situated between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea and is the fifth largest country in Europe. The distance between the northern tip and the southern tip is nearly 1,000 miles and this means that its natural features are quite varied. Nearly 100,000 lakes are connected in a lacework of waterways, and many large rivers flow from the northwestern mountains through the forests to the sea. A long coastline with thousands of islands also contributes to the character of the country.


Exchange students are offered student housing on a priority basis if they apply for a room during the application process. There are a wide range of housing options available to students.  The University Housing Office provides information on housing options.

Uppsala is very well known for its Swedish "Nations". Nations are an excellent way to meet other students on campus! Most nations have houses close to campus with dining services available to members. Each exchange student determines which nation they choose to join and pays a membership fee. Membership fees may offer social events such as dinners, dances and excursions.

Links of Interest

SWEA Scholarship

  • SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association): https://washingtondc.swea.org/apply/ 
  • Each year they give out a scholarship for a dedicated Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student who have been accepted to a study-abroad program in Sweden. The Scholarship amount is $1000.
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