Internationalisation at home

Not all students can or want to participate in a physical study abroad activity. At Uppsala University, there are opportunities available to meet the world at home.

Welcome international students

Through Uppsala Student Union and Gotland Student Union Rindi, you can help incoming international students feel welcome and settled in.

In Uppsala, you can become a Buddy for an international student, who are also called Newbies, through the International Buddy Programme. For this, you will get a certificate that can give you extra credit points in the application for exchange studies. Visit the International Buddy Programme's website or send an email to

In Visby, you can become a so called shepherd during the welcome days, which are also known as the Lamning. You can also participate in Rindi's language café, which qualifies for extra credit points in the application for exchange studies. Visit Rindi's website or send an email to

Get involved in student activities

A good way to meet international students from all over the world is to get involved in some form of student activity. Get involved in a student association, in your nation or in one of the student unions. At Uppsala's student nations, for example, you can hold the post of international secretary and work with welcome events for international students.

Reception of international students via Kuratorskonventet

Kuratorskonventet is the cooperative body for Uppsala's thirteen student nations. Kuratorskonventet has a sub-convention called the International Committee whose task is to welcome and take care of new international students. The task of the International Committee is, among other things, to arrange welcome weeks with events for international students each semester and to arrange the International Gasque.

Do you want to get involved in Kuratorskonventet and the International Committee or if you want to participate in one of their events? See more information on Kuratorskonventet's webpage, the International Committee's webpage for international students and the International Committee's Facebook page.

Study together with students from all over the world

At Uppsala University, you have the opportunity to study both international programmes as well as international courses. In the course catalogue, you can take part in the international distance courses offered via Uppsala University. If you are interested in studying an enitre degree programme, you should explore the international Bachelor's programmes or the international Master's programmes offered in Uppsala or Visby. This way, you can study at home together with students from all over the world.

Read distance courses through ENLIGHT

ENLIGHT is one of several pilot projects funded by the EU-commission to lead the development of new types courses and pedagogical methods. It will prepare students for current and future societal challenges. On ENLIGHT's website you can see which courses and activities are available for students. Several of the courses and activities are linked to various forms of grants within the Erasmus programme.

Develop your language skills

The Department of Scandinavian Languages, the Department of English and the Language Workshop offer courses in both Swedish and English for those who want to develop their language skills. The Language Workshop also organizes courses in English specifically aimed at international students.