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Uppsala University

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Uppsala University is a research university in Uppsala, Sweden, and is the oldest university in Sweden, founded in 1477. It ranks among the best universities in Northern Europe in international rankings. Uppsala also has an important historical place in Swedish national culture, identity and for the Swedish establishment: in historiography, literature, politics, and music. Many aspects of Swedish academic culture in general, such as the white student cap, originated in Uppsala.

Uppsala is a city with a rich history, and with much more to offer than many students see during their stay here. One of the best sources of inspiration for finding out more about Uppsala is the Uppsala Tourism Information Centre. Uppsala University has 11 campuses – 10 in Uppsala and, starting 1 July 2013, one in Visby on Gotland.

  • Blåsenhus is the permises for research and education in pedagogics and psychology.
  • Uppsala Biomedical Centre is one of Europe’s largest centres for life science research.
  • Ekonomikum is dedicated to research and education in economics and social sciences.
  • Evolutionary Biology Centre for research and education in biology.
  • English Park Campus is the campus used for theology, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Gamla Torget Campus is the location for research and education in law, political science, and  peace and conflict research.
  • Geo Centre is home to department of earth sciences.
  • Information Technology Centre houses the computer science department.
  • Rudbeck Laboratory which is devoted to genetics, tumor biology, vascular biology, pathology, immunology, oncology and radiation sciences.
  • Ångström Laboratory which is one of Europe's most advanced laboratories for materials research.
  • Campus Gotland which is result of University of Gotland and Uppsala University merger.

Highlighted program(s)
Uppsala University is a full-range university which provides education and research in nine faculties: theology, law, arts, languages, social sciences, educational sciences, medicine, pharmacy, science and technology. Uppsala University offers some 60 programmes for beginners, about 50 master programmes, and some 2.000 single subject courses. This attracts 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students which corresponds to about 23,500 full-time students and every year some 4,500 undergraduate and graduate degrees are conferred.

Course selections
The courses presented in the course catalogue are for exchange students only. Students coming on exchange to Uppsala University via a "departmental exchange" are restricted in what they can study. Students coming on exchange to Uppsala University via a "general" or "university-wide" are able to choose courses from across the university - given of course that you meet the prerequisites. As of July 1, 2007, the Swedish credit system is identical with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One semester of full-time study is equivalent to 30 credits or 30 ECTS credits. Note that in Sweden the number of teaching hours per week may vary considerably between different subjects and courses. Thus, there is no one-to-one correspondence between the number of credits for a course and the number of teaching hours for that course, as is often the case in some other countries.

Language of instruction
Uppsala University has a wide range of courses taught in English. All exchange students have the chance to study a course in basic Swedish. A course worth 7.5 ECTS runs every semester. This course is part time and designed to be taken parallel with your regular studies. Application takes place on arrival.

Living costs
According to the Swedish Migration Board, international students will require at least 7,300 SEk per month to obtain a Swedish residency permit. This money should cover the cost of accommodation and other living expenses. When applying for a permit, you must show that you have the funds to cover your entire stay in Sweden.

1 CAD = 6.366 SEK