Welcome to Uppsala

Soon you will join us in Uppsala and get ready for your studies and student life. We are looking forward to your arrival and hope you are too!

If you would like to connect with other students before your arrival, follow us on Facebook and Instagram and learn more about your new student city. We post various useful information and tips on Instagram and blog to help you settle in. Do you Tweet? Or upload pictures on Instagram? Tag us using #recentior, #taggedforuppsala, #uppsalauniversitet and #uppsalauniversity

​Are you a new student on Campus Gotland? Check the welcome programme for Campus Gotland instead.

Digital welcome reception

A welcome video where you will meet, not only the principal and vice-principal, but several of our students who will take you behind the scenes to studies and student life at Uppsala University.

Welcome Programme Autumn 2021

Arrival Days at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

The Arrival Days for the autumn semester 2021 are on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 August. During these days, we will have an arrival desk at Arlanda Airport open from 09:00 to 21:00. We will offer a free shuttle service from Arlanda Airport to the Welcome Centre in Uppsala.

The arrival desk is located outside the customs service in Terminal 5. If you arrive at any other terminal, you will need to go to Terminal 5 to meet us and take the shuttle service. Please also note the opening hours of the arrival desk. Should your arrival be delayed, you will need to make necessary arrangements for your transportation and your accommodation the first night on your own.

If you arrive outside of the official Arrival Days, do not worry. It is pretty easy to travel from Arlanda Airport to Uppsala on your own as well. Check out how to get to Uppsala.

Welcome Centre in Uppsala

Uppsala University will have a Welcome Centre set up in Uppsala, at the Segerstedt Building. The Welcome Centre will be open on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 August between 10:00 and 22:00.

Services at the Welcome Centre include:

  • Uppsala University Housing Office for keys and contracts for most housing areas (only for students who have been offered housing through the Uppsala University Housing Office)
  • Welcome packages
  • Shuttle services to housing areas
  • Student Internet Account (requires formal ID, take your passport with you)
  • Temporary student ID

Staff from the Housing Office and the International Office, as well as student volunteers, will be on hand at the Welcome Centre. The Segerstedt Building is located at Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7.

Service Centre in Uppsala

You are warmly welcome to visit the Service Centre in Uppsala during its ordinary opening hours to pick up your welcome folder, student account details and Campus Card. The Service Centre is located at Segerstedthuset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7 and has its ordinary opening hours from 08:00 to 16:30, Monday – Friday. Please observe and follow the precautions during the pandemic such as maintaining distance to others, avoiding large gatherings, washing hands regularly, and staying home if you feel ill. Find out more about the current restrictions and recommendations on COVID-19.

Information sessions

Each new academic year, the university holds a number of information sessions for new international students, to help you prepare for your studies and life in Sweden. Below is the schedule for our information sessions for autumn 2021. New sessions may be added up until mid-August, so check the page regularly for updates.

The Language Workshop: Academic writing and speaking
Tuesday August 24: 10:00–10:30

Your education demands that you master both academic writing and speaking. In this session , you will learn about the resources available at The Language Workshop to help students master their writing and speaking skills. Register to attend.

University Library: Using the library resources and assessing sources
Tuesday August 24: 11:00–11:30

Good research starts in the library! In this session, you will learn about all the resources available at university libraries. Register to attend.

UU Careers: Study and career counselling for students
Tuesday August 24: 13:00–13:30

Do you want to stay in Sweden and work after graduation, or are you maybe considering a research career? Regardless of your goals, our study and careers counsellors are here to help you with tips and advice! Register to attend.

Get involved! Uppsala Student Nations and what they can offer to students
Tuesday August 24: 14:00–14:30

You’ve probably heard a lot about the student nations, but what are they really? Join this session to learn about Uppsala’s student nations and what they can offer you! Register to attend.

Region Uppsala: How we can fight Covid-19 together
Tuesday August 24: 15:00–15:30

In this session, Region Uppsala, will talk about what they do to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and what you can do to help! While the session is broadcast from Uppsala, much of the information will of course be relevant to students at Campus Gotland too. Register to attend.

Discover Uppsala: Get to know your new home town!
Wednesday August 25: 11:00–11:30

Moving to a new city means a lot to discover! In this session, the Uppsala Tourism Office as well as our university guide Mikael Norrby will share their highlights from Uppsala. Please note that this session is intended for students admitted to programmes at one of our Uppsala campuses. Register to attend.

Stay active! Sports facilities and outdoor activities in Uppsala
Wednesday August 25: 13:00–13:30

Being active is a great way to clear your mind after a long day of studying. In this session, you will learn about how to join a gym, as well as ways to stay active by going outside and discovering Uppsala’s many hiking trails, lakes and forests. Register to attend.

University studies in Sweden: What we expect from students, and what you can expect from us
Wednesday August 25: 14:00–14:30

Moving to a new country to study can be a daunting process. In this session, you will learn the basics about how university studies in Sweden work – and how they may differ from in other countries! Associate Professor Brian Palmer, who moved from Harvard to Uppsala, will give examples of ways to thrive here, followed by questions and discussion. Register to attend.

Founded in 1477: Get to know your new university!
Wednesday August 25: 15:00–15:30

Uppsala University has a long and rich history. In this session, University Guide Mikael Norrby will introduce you to your new university and share some highlights from our 500 years of history. Register to attend.

Green Living: Environmentally Friendly Living in Sweden
Thursday August 26: 10:00–10:30

In this session, you will learn about how to live an environmentally friendly life in Sweden. Topics will include how trash and waste water is recycled in Sweden, and what you can do to keep the process going smoothly! Register to attend.

Student Health Services: Sustainable Student Life
Thursday August 26: 11.00-11:30

Studying and living abroad can be challenging in many ways especially with lots of expectations coming from several different directions. It is important to manage your stress and lifestyle so that you can continue to achieve your goals and enjoy your time here. Join us to get tips to create a sustainable and enjoyable student life! Register to attend.

Student Health Services: Cultural Adjustment, including advice from current students
Thursday August 26 13:00–13:30

Welcome to Sweden! It is common to face many differences when you move to a new place and it can help to understand more about the new culture to enjoy it. It can require a lot energy and time to adapt and find your way. Join us to get tips on how to adjust to Swedish culture. Register to attend.

Student rights and equal opportunities
Thursday August 26: 14:00–14:30

In this session, you will learn about your rights as a student, as well as what to do if you are being discriminated against. We will also cover the support available for students with disabilities. Register to attend.

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