Uppsala University History

The first university of Sweden – founded in 1477.
Read a short historic summary.

Important dates and years

2 July 1477 The University’s charter is signed.
1600 The University’s first documented degree conferment ceremony in philosophy.
1663 Student nations are recognised by the University Board.
1741 Linnaeus becomes professor of medicine.
1893 Alfred Nobel is awarded an honorary doctorate at Uppsala University.

Read about other important dates in Uppsala University’s history. 

Historic Uppsala figures

Our cutting-edge research and world-class educational offerings build on a tradition of knowledge with deep historical roots. Here are a few historic Uppsala figures.

Historic Buildings and Settings

Uppsala is a town rich in historic buildings and settings. Many of them relate to Uppsala University.

The venerable buildings of the University are still in use today for teaching and as workplaces. Living settings where old meets new.