Uppsala, Sweden is THE university city of Sweden, and although a rather small city, it is, in fact, the fourth largest in the country. The local university is the oldest in the country, and one of the best places to study in Europe – a testament to the importance Uppsala places on quality higher education. Studying a degree abroad in Uppsala offers great advantages to international students including a lot of exchange opportunities in countries worldwide, inexpensive ways to travel around town by bike and great student parties organised by international student communities (called “student nations” in Uppsala). The city is also a great source of Nordic culture, including colourful architecture, plenty of museums. You’ll also have access to a diverse international cuisine. With such a great multicultural learning climate, the language barrier is nearly inexistent.
The high level of academic study in Uppsala helps international students adapt to an international work climate anywhere in Europe and even in other parts of the world. Work opportunities can be also find in the city itself, in the main industries of the city – medical research and biotechnology. The most important companies in the city include: Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), GE Healthcare, Pfizer, Fresenius, Q-Med, Biotage. Students can seek employment here after graduation or engage in internships during their studies.
Study in Europe, in the city of Uppsala for a relaxing study atmosphere, an engaging cultural experience, and many fun memories from a wide selection of free-time activities. Explore tranquil waterways, ride the bicycle anywhere together with the whole student population and marvel at the amazing architecture. Uppsala has been the ecclesiastical centre of Sweden, being the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden and home of the impressive Uppsala Cathedral – Scandinavia’s largest cathedral. Uppsala Castle is another significant landmark dominating the city skyline.
Take trips to local museums and art museums, visits to historical landmarks and attractions, such as the Botanic Garden, Linnaeus Hammarby, Gamla Uppsala Museum (Old Uppsala), the Museum of Nordic Antiquities, the Victoria Museum, and more.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim in water parks, play basketball, working out, practice fencing, judo, volleyball, and more.
Attend discos and pubs and join a range of clubs and societies, as part of the 13 student nations in the city. Gasques are large dinner parties featuring live music you can also attend as a student in Uppsala. Experience Valborg (Walpurgis Eve) – a popular local celebration involving champagne breakfasts, float races on the rapids, herring lunches and more.
As a well-known student city with top higher education both at undergraduate and graduate levels, Uppsala attracts a large English-speaking international population. The locals consider to the great number of students as part of day-to-day life and are friendly and ready to offer help when needed. Student nations provide a welcoming space for students to meet, socialise and have fun outside the classroom, helping foreigners integrate fast.
The city’s proximity to Stockholm also ensures easy access to a multicultural capital.
Due to its northern location, Uppsala experiences over 18 hours of visible sunshine during the summer solstice, and under six hours of sunshine during the winter solstice. However, winter is not as cold as other cities situated in the northern hemisphere. Average low temperatures reach -6°C (21°F) in February, while average summer highs can be around 23°C (73°F) in July.
Accommodation options in Uppsala for international students include student dormitory rooms, apartments, and share houses.
Utility costs average 100 EUR/month.
Living costs in Sweden are relatively high compared to other European countries and monthly average living costs will amount to 700 – 870 EUR/month (excluding accommodation). Estimates indicate that rent prices are around 33% cheaper than Stockholm. The minimum monthly student budget you will have to save for food is about 260 EUR.
You’ll easily be able to travel to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital by taking a 40-minute train journey for around 10 EUR.
Uppsala University is the oldest 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.