Scholarship funds for foreign students

international Master’s students

Opening doors for more international students

Uppsala University has partnerships with some of the world’s top universities. The flows of students, teachers and researchers between international universities and Uppsala University play a crucial role in spreading knowledge, ideas and skills, not just within the University but in society in general. Uppsala University aspires to attract the best talents, no matter where they come from. This means offering students from every part of the globe the opportunity to study here. Uppsala University is launching a drive to increase the number of scholarships for fee-paying non-European students. The University has a lot to teach, but also a lot to learn from others.

In 2011 tuition fees were introduced for Bachelor’s and Master’s students from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. The objective was for Sweden to compete on the strength of educational quality, not by offering free education. However, one unwanted consequence was a sharp decrease in the number of international Master’s students from non-EU countries. Without a scholarship, it is virtually impossible for academically talented but financially disadvantaged non-European students to come to Uppsala.

Nearly ten years after the reform, the number of international students has rebounded, but currently the University can only offer funding to a few of them. This limits the University’s potential for continued internationalisation. A well-funded, long-term scholarship programme would make it possible to enhance Uppsala University’s international position through direct personal contacts.

International students who are admitted for studies at Master’s level are highly qualified and achieve good results. This raises the level of both education and research. The students are often very well-motivated and have a good theoretical background. They are positive role models for our Swedish students, who are inspired by and learn a lot from their international course mates.

If Master’s students have the opportunity to take extra courses that improve their academic qualifications, some of the most talented students are more likely to stay at Uppsala University as doctoral students. This helps to give our research a more international dimension. After graduating, they become important ambassadors for Sweden and Uppsala University around the world.

Uppsala University is now seeking to establish a long-term fund for various types of scholarships for international students. These scholarships may be full-time or part-time, or top-up or merit scholarships for summer courses and supplementary education.

Facts about the University’s educational internationalisation

  • International student exchange with nearly 500 universities in some 50 countries.
  • Over 100 International Master’s programmes in English.
  • Four Bachelor’s programmes in English.
  • Around 750 freestanding courses in English.
  • Nearly 1,000 tuition fee-paying international students admitted per year.

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“It’s my way of giving something back”

John Colonias
“It felt obvious that the donation should go to Uppsala
University. This place has given me so much,” says
John Colonias.

Thanks to a donation of USD 40,000, a new scholarship fund has been established for doctoral students at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The fund will award one scholarship per year to a research student, preferably of Greek origin. The Colonias–Jansson Foundation was launched with a donation from John Colonias, who took a PhD in physics at Uppsala University in 1980. Through the scholarship fund, he wants to help students of Greek origin like himself to complete their doctoral education at Uppsala University.

What is it like being an international Master’s student in Uppsala?

Read about two students admitted in 2017, their studies and plans for the future.

José from Mexico:“Fantastic to be in the lab”
José Ramón Bárcenas WallsJosé Ramón Bárcenas Walls, a scholarship holder from Monterrey, Mexico, is in the second semester of the Master’s Programme in Molecular Medicine. What did it feel like coming to Uppsala?

Nguyen from Vietnam: “I’m glad I chose Uppsala”
Nguyen HaNguyen Ha, a scholarship holder from Vietnam, is in the second semester of the Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. Why did you choose Uppsala University specifically?