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 also post various useful information and tips on our blog to help you settle in.

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

Welcome Programme Autumn 2022

Arrival Days at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

The Arrival Days for the autumn semester 2022 are on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August. During these days, we will have an arrival desk at Arlanda Airport open from 09:00 to 20:00. 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 18 and Friday 19 August between 10:00 and 21:00.

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 account activation (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 and student account details. 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.

Welcome reception

The welcome reception for new international students will be held on Friday August 26 in the University Main Building at 11:30–12:15. The reception will include a formal welcome ceremony in the Grand Auditorium.

After the reception you are welcome to join an exhibition with student nations, student unions and other important functions related to Uppsala University. The exhibition will be held in the University Main Building at 12:15–14:30.

To prepare for your arrival, you can take a look at this welcome video from last year. You will meet the vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor, and several of our students who will take you behind the scenes to studies and student life at Uppsala University.

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. We will hold a number of online information sessions with practical information for new students.

Moving to a new country to study may lead to a lot of questions and concerns! If you want to ask us at the university something, please log into this general Q&A session over Zoom and we can help you!

Please note that we cannot answer very specific questions about your course or programme, for this we recommend contacting your course or programme coordinator.

Monday 22 August, 10:00-11:00: Join over Zoom
Wednesday 24 August, 15:00-16:00: Join over Zoom
Thursdag 25 August, 15:00-16:00: Join over Zoom

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

Monday 22 August 22, 13:00-14:00: Join over Zoom

Good research starts in the library! In this session, you will learn about all the resources available at university libraries. You will also learn about the resources available at The Language Workshop to help students master their writing and speaking skills.

Tuesday 23 August, 13:00-14:00: Join over Zoom

Do you want to stay in Sweden and work after graduation, or are you considering a research career? Regardless of your goals, our study- and career counselors are here to help you with tips and advice!

If you’re considering a career in Sweden after graduation, learning Swedish is also an advantage, so this session also contains information on the Swedish language courses available through the university.

Tuesday 23 August, 15:00-16:00: Join over Zoom

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.

Wednesday 24 August 24, 10:00-11:00: Join over Zoom

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.

Wednesday 24 August, 14:00-15:00: Join over Zoom

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!

Thursday 25 August 25, 11:00-11:30: Join over Zoom

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.

Thursday 25 August, 13:00-13:45: Join over Zoom

Guided tours

Around the start of the semester, we will offer a number of guided tours for new students. Information on these will be published on this website in early August 2022.

In addition to the longer bus tours, we will also offer some shorter tours during the weekend of 20-21 August. These are free of charge, but since seats are limited students are asked to sign up beforehand. If a tour becomes fully booked, the form will close. All tours start at the main entrance of the Uppsala Cathedral.

Walking tour Uppsala
20 August, 10:30-12:00:
Register here

Bus tour campus areas and Gamla Uppsala
20 August,13:00-15:00: Register here

Bus tour campus areas and Gamla Uppsala
21 August, 10:00-12:00: Register here

Walking tour Uppsala
21 August, 13:00-14:30: Register here

Other activities

Many welcoming activities are also held by the Uppsala student unions and nations. We will share information about these on this website as soon as the schedule becomes available.

How to live environmentally friendly in Uppsala? Can you drink the tap-water, and what goes down the drain? How is waste-water treated, and how to recycle and reuse? Meet the staff of Uppsala Vatten och Avfall AB, the company that delivers tap-water, takes care of waste water and recycle the house-hold waste.

Ask questions, and enjoy the interactive exhibition in the old water work Pumphuset. Pre-registered participants are offered "Fika".

Tuesday 23 August, 10:00–13:00: Register here