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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

Uppsala University offers more than 700 courses taught in English to incoming exchange students. You can take courses in your major alongside Swedish and international students. 

Unique study opportunities

  • Learn how people in other countries view United States’ history, politics, and role in the world.
  • Discover effective strategies to clean up energy production.
  • Study the chemistry, biology, and ecology of truffle farming.
  • Get a handle on big data with current database design and mining techniques.


Language of Instruction: English

Swedish Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English. However, Swedish language courses are available during the semester if you’d like to expand your knowledge of Swedish language and culture. 

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two to four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units.
  • If you enroll in two or three courses, you may take one course for pass/no pass credit; if you enroll in four, you may take two for pass/no pass credit.

Current Program Courses

This program offers university courses in many UC subject areas and instruction is in English. Particular strengths of Uppsala University include biology, computer science, math and physical sciences, business, English, and history. Most coursework is at the upper-division undergraduate level.

Uppsala also offers a Swedish culture course that is a full semester’s worth of credits and it covers Swedish history, art, music, and literature. The course is designed for exchange students and is a wonderful way to learn more about the culture and society of Uppsala and Sweden. 

Courses at the Masters level at Uppsala University are open to you if you meet the course entry requirements. Be sure to carefully review the prerequisites and carefully consider whether you’re academically prepared for the course. 

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • Uppsala University Course Catalog: Use the filters on the right-hand side to look for courses in your major field of study.
  • Swedish Culture Course: Learn about the current culture course offerings.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

Uppsala University is a highly international university that welcomes students from over 400 universities around the world each year. As such, you’ll be in the company of some of the top students from all over the world. 

Uppsala holds the philosophy that the campus is your workplace—a central meeting place for researchers, teachers, and students. And Swedish higher education values self-reliance and maturity. In Sweden, you have the power to influence and shape your studies and learning environment. Students who do well at Uppsala take personal study seriously, go above and beyond their assigned readings, are prepared for class discussions, and get involved in its many student nations, unions, and academic traditions. 


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. There is usually a comprehensive final exam at the end of each academic course that tests your ability to present and analyze the class material studied in the lecture and in the reading. Grading in the course is normally based on the results of the final exam and on the required group study, research, and papers. Grading is based on both knowledge and presentation of course material.

The fall semester runs into the month of January. If you are studying during the fall only, you may need to make special arrangements to complete exams by late December. Uppsala University allows students to re-sit an exam; however this is not an option for most UCEAP students due to the program calendar.  Do not plan on retaking any exams for your courses. 

Grades for the fall semester are typically available by mid-March and grades for the spring semester are typically available by mid-August.