Uppsala University
  • No. Students: 45000
  • Frgn. Students: 11250
  • No. Staff: 8206
  • Study mode: 35 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: Swedish, English
  • Phone:
  • +460184710000
  • Fax:
  • +460184712000
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About the University

Uppsala University is the first university in Sweden, founded in 1477, with a living cultural environment and extraordinary student life. There are 45,000 students here, and they are seen, heard, and noticed everywhere. World-class research and high quality education pursued here benefit society and business on a global level. The University is characterized by diversity and breadth, with international frontline research at nine faculties and limitless educational offerings at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.

Uppsala University is located in Uppsala, Sweden. Uppsala is the capital of Uppsala County and the fourth largest city of Sweden, after Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. It had 140,454 inhabitants in 2010. Uppsala is located 71 km north of the capital Stockholm

Education at Uppsala University is characterised by its association with research. Students acquire up-to-date knowledge as well as the skills and capacity for independent and critical thinking. Highly qualified teaching staff is responsible for the pedagogical quality of education and for ensuring that the education we offer is grounded in scientific and scholarly progress. Together, teachers and students take shared responsibility for creating learning environments characterised by active student participation and engagement. Education at the Master’s level is distinguished by specialised, in-depth teaching and is strategically important in terms of increasing international recruitment of students and for recruitment of students to doctoral programmes.

Uppsala University stands behind the search for knowledge in order to contribute to human knowledge and global development. Research should take on the major challenges facing society as well as purely scientific questions. The University provides unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and new combinations. The ability to attract and to create good working conditions for skilled academic staff is the most important factor for the University’s success in the international academic community.

  • Faculty of Theology

    At the Faculty of Theology we study:

    • Human Rights
    • History of Religions and The Social Sciences of Religion
    • Old and New Testament Exegesis
    • Church and Mission studies
    • Studies in Faith and Ideologies
    • Euroculture
    • NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Assistance)

  • Faculty of Law

    At the Faculty of Law we study:

    • Constitutional law and international law
    • Civil law
    • Criminal and procedural law
    • Company law, accounting and tax law
    • Administrative Law and International Law
    • Environmental Law
    • History of Law and Jurisprudence

  • Faculty of Arts

    The Faculty of Arts consists of the following departments:

    • Department of ALM
    • Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of History
    • Department of History of Science and Ideas
    • Department of Art History
    • Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
    • Department of Literature
    • Department of Musicology
    • Department of Game Design
    • Centre for Gender Research

  • Faculty of Languages

    The Faculty of Languages consists of the following departments:

    • Department of English
    • Department of Linguistics and Philology
    • Department of Modern Languages
    • Department of Scandinavian Languages

  • Faculty of Social Sciences

    The Faculty of Social Sciences consists of the following departments:

    • Institute for Housing and Urban Research
    • Department of Economic History
    • Department of Peace and Conflict Research
    • Department of Business Studies
    • Department of Informatics and Media
    • Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Department of Social and Economic Geography
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Government
    • Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies

  • Faculty of Educational Sciences

    The Faculty of Educational Sciences consists of the following departments:

    • Department of Education
    • Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools
    • Forum for Community Engagement
    • Centre for Educational Management
    • SWEDESD - Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development
    • Departments Involved in Education and Teaching Professions

  • Faculty of Medicine

    The Faculty of Medicine consists of the following departments:

    • Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences
    • Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
    • Department of Surgical Sciences
    • Department of Women's and Children's Health
    • Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology
    • Department of Medical Cell Biology
    • Department of Medical Sciences
    • Department of Neuroscience

  • Faculty of Pharmacy

    The Faculty of Pharmacy consists of the following departments:

    • Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences
    • Department of Pharmacy
    • Department of Medicinal Chemistry

  • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

    The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science consists of the following departments:

    • Department of Information Technology
    • Department of Mathematics

  • Faculty of Physics

    The Faculty of Physics consists of the following department:

    • Department of Physics and Astronomy
      • Administration and Services
      • Astronomy and Space Physics
      • Physics Education
      • High Energy Physics
      • Nuclear Physics
      • Materials Physics
      • Materials Theory
      • Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
      • Theoretical Physics
      • Applied Nuclear Physics
      • FREIA
      • The Svedberg laboratory

  • Faculty of Technology

    The Faculty of Technology consists of the following department:

    • Department of Engineering Sciences
      • Administration and service
      • Division of Electricity
      • Solid State Electronics
      • Solid State Physics
      • Industrial Engineering & Management
      • Quality Sciences
      • Ångström Microstructure Laboratory
      • Division of Microsystems Technology
      • Nano Technology and Functional Materials
      • Signals and Systems Group
      • Applied Materials Science
      • Applied Mechanics

  • Faculty of Chemistry

    The Faculty of Chemistry consists of the following departments:

    • Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry, Course office
    • Department of Chemistry - BMC
    • Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

  • Faculty of Biology

    The Faculty of Biology consists of the following departments:

    • Biology Education Centre
    • Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Department of Ecology and Genetics
    • Department of Organismal Biology
    • Botanical Garden
    • Swedish Biodiversity Centre

  • Faculty of Earth Sciences

    The Faculty of Earth Sciences consists of the following department:

    • Department of Earth Sciences
      • Mineralogy Petrology and Tectonics
      • Campus Gotland
      • CSD
      • Geophysics
      • Program for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences
      • Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
      • Palaeobiology

History of the University

Uppsala University, founded in 1477, was the first university in Scandinavia. The initiative in this matter came from the Primate of the Catholic Church of Sweden, Archbishop Jakob Ulvsson of Uppsala. The new University was small, having at most 50 students and a handful of professors. The University fell into decay in the first decade of the 16th century due to the political unrest of the period. However, this situation changed at the end of the 16th century: a decision was made at the Church council in Uppsala in 1593 to restore the privileges of the University.

At the end of the 18th century, the Swedish king Gustav III (1771–1792) took a lively interest in the University. One of the ways he demonstrated this interest was by donating to the University the extensive garden which belonged to the Royal Castle of Uppsala. Since then this garden has been known as the Botanical Garden. A building with an impressive colonnade, which still adorns the garden, was erected there in memory of Linnaeus and in honour of Gustav III.

Uppsala University celebrated its 400th anniversary with pomp and circumstance in 1877. As a present from the Swedish state on this occasion, the University received a new university building – University Hall – which is still in use. The building was officially opened ten years later in 1887.

The number of students, which had been about 5,000 in the 1950s, increased dramatically in the 1960s, reaching some 20,000 students before stabilising at a somewhat lower level. In the 1990s new expansion has taken place, with more than 30,000 students involved in undergraduate education. All education is now subject to selective admissions. In postgraduate education there are greater demands for better through-put efficiency.

Accredications and rankings

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition

  • Utbildningsdepartementet, Sverige
  • Swedish National Agency of Higher Education (SNAHE)


Below is a table showing Uppsala University’s latest placements in different university rankings:

Ranking Placement
ARWU (Shanghai) (2014) 61
QS (2015/16) 102
Times Higher Education (2015/16) 81
Leiden ranking (2015) 149 (Ptop 10%)
US News (2015) 118
Webometrics (2015) 135
U-rank (Swedish ranking) (2014)  7

Student Unions

Uppsala University has four student unions: Uppsala Student Union, Uppsala Union of Engineering and Science Students, Pharmaceutical Student Association, and Gotland’s Student Union Rindi.

These organisations are created and driven by students, for students. The main goal of the unions is to ensure the interests of Uppsala University students are always prioritised and protected. They deal with issues concerning education, health and welfare, equality, internationalisation, housing and economy.

International Buddy Programme

Through the unions, new international students have the opportunity to take part in a buddy programme. As a part of this programme, new students are paired up with a more experienced student, who can help them adjust to life at Uppsala University. The buddies can provide advice and support to students before, during and after they have moved to Sweden.

All students, regardless of whether or not they are required to pay application and tuition fees, must be able to cover their personal living expenses while in Sweden. To obtain a Swedish residence permit, students are required to have a minimum of 868 EUR (8010 SEK) per month for the duration of their studies.

As a comparison you can see what a budget of around 865 EUR/month (8 000 SEK/month) could be composed of:

  • Food - 250 EUR (2 300 SEK)
  • Accommodation - 345-520 EUO (3 200-4 800 SEK)
  • Course literature - 40-100 EUR (400-1 000 SEK)
  • Other: clothing, telephone, leisure, etc. - 160 EUR (SEK 1 500)

Why choose Uppsala University

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals that make Uppsala University one of the 100 best in the world.

At Uppsala University and in Uppsala you will find:

  • A research environment of highest international class, building on global collaboration and connections. Uppsala University can provide you with the powerful tools you need to conduct cutting-edge research.
  • A city full of life, with plenty to experience. You can move easily between beautiful natural surroundings, busy shopping streets, fascinating sights, exciting cultural treasures and entertaining events.
  • A safe, healthy and clean local environment. Crime is low, the air and water is clean and most of our rubbish is recycled. Cycling is often the best way to get around, thanks to an extensive network of bicycle paths.
  • High-quality schools and daycare for you to choose amongst, including a couple of international schools where lessons are given in English.
  • Arlanda Airport is just 20 minutes away, making it quick and easy to travel abroad – even if you just want to go for the weekend.
  • An open, inclusive and tolerant climate where everyone is welcome to just be who they are and do what they do.
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                    • International students: $ 17.9k / Year