Why Uppsala University?

Choosing where and what to study is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. There are many things that will influence your choice, such as the quality of education, rankings and fees.

If you want to study abroad, student life and the values in your new home country also play an important role in your decision. On this page we will tell you about three factors that influence both life in Sweden and studies at Uppsala University; work-life balance, sustainability and research.

Work-life balance

In Sweden, we think it is important to have a healthy balance in life. Everyone should be able to combine both career and personal life regardless of who you are. This is made possible with generous parental leave policies, getting paid to stay home and take care of sick children and five weeks paid vacation, among other things. The Swedish social welfare system is world renowned for making these things possible and the accessible outdoors is great for stress relief. At Uppsala University we believe that life outside of the classroom is just as important as inside. That’s why we work closely with student nations and student unions to make your student life as inspiring and enjoyable as possible.

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We only have this one planet, so we better take care of it. Sweden is far from perfect, but we try to strive for long-term sustainable solutions. The world is in dire need of experts to bring sustainability into all areas of our society, and Uppsala University aspires to be a leading role in the transition to a more sustainable society through education and research. Over 20 of our international Master’s programmes are related to sustainability and aim to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to rise in your future career as a decision-maker, manager, planner, educator, researcher in a sustainable future.

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Research intensive

As one of Sweden’s most internationally prominent institutions of academic education, research and scholarship, Uppsala University’s foremost aim is to safeguard and pursue the open and unbounded quest for knowledge. Our Master's programmes are tied to strong research areas and as a student, you will be immersed in a research-intensive environment. Among the University’s alumni there are 15 Nobel Prize laureates, of which 8 received their prizes for discoveries made during their time at Uppsala University. There is no wonder that many of our master graduates continue with a PhD education somewhere in the world.

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Current rankings

#78 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021 (the Shanghai ranking)

#124 - QS World University Rankings 2022

#131 - Times Higher Education 2022

A statue of Erik Gustaf Geijer in front of the University Main Building

World-leading research

  • 8 Nobel Prizes
  • 3 000 teachers/researchers
  • 2 500 PhD students
  • 5 000 peer reviewed scientific publications in 2015

The best place to be a student

Both Uppsala and Gotland are ideal places to live as a student. In fact, in the 2013 International Student Barometer, where students rate their international education experience, Uppsala University received the highest score amongst all of the 178 universities evaluated when it came to the subject “A good place to be”.

In the city of Uppsala, student life revolves around the 13 student nations. The nations are student clubs that date back hundreds of years. Only students can become a member of the nations, which are responsible for arranging activities and events specifically for students. Most nations have a café, pub and restaurant, and popular nation activities include club nights, formal dinners, balls and musical events. As a member, you can also join a wide array of personal interest groups and sporting clubs.

On the island of Gotland, Uppsala University’s campus is located in the World Heritage listed medieval town of Visby. With its pristine beaches, medieval architecture and warm summer months, Gotland is one of Sweden's favourite holiday destinations. As a student at Campus Gotland, you can enjoy studying at Sweden's most picturesque learning environment.

Student nations


Last modified: 2022-04-01