Regarding the war in Ukraine

Russia’s invasion is causing immense suffering in Ukraine, and much anxiety here in Sweden too, particularly among those with friends and relatives directly affected by the war. Uppsala University endorses the Swedish Government’s firm condemnation of the invasion. 

Support for students

The Student Health Services offers professional support in the form of individual counselling and support for students’ mental well-being.

Student Health Services at Uppsala University

Students should contact the course or programme coordinator, teacher, study adviser, or for general questions studentservice@uu.se.

The university chaplains offer support and comfort to all University employees and students, whatever their religion or belief.

Deteriorating security situation and current advice against travel

The website krisinformation.se provides one-stop access to information from Swedish authorities about the current situation and what you can do if you are worried.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs publishes up-to-date information about advice against travel to affected countries on Regeringen.se.

Frequently asked questions and answers

We do not admit new students mid-semester and most of our courses and programmes are taught in Swedish. However, we have a number of international Bachelor’s programmes and Master’s programmes taught in English. Applications for these programmes starting autumn 2022 have already closed, but those starting in autumn 2023 are open for applications from mid-October 2022 until mid-January 2023. You apply through www.universityadmissions.se.

Courses and programmes taught in Swedish starting autumn 2022 are open for applications until April 19 2022, and those starting spring 2023 are open for applications from 15 September until 17 October. You apply through www.antagning.se (in Swedish).

Uppsala University has students from many different countries. Since the University does not register its students’ origins or nationalities, it is not possible to specify the numbers of students from these countries.

The University is in contact with all students who are studying under the University’s student exchange agreements, and none are currently in any of these countries.

Students who are here can continue their studies. It’s important to distinguish between individuals and collaborations with state institutions.

The University’s admissions will continue as usual and students from Russia and Belarus can therefore be admitted as students for the autumn semester. If the rules for residence permits are changed, this may affect individuals’ chances of being able to study in Sweden.

For now, Uppsala University has frozen many student exchange agreements with Russia and Belarus. This means that for now, no new students can come to Sweden from those countries under student exchange agreements. Free movers who come to the University to study outside a student exchange agreement must be able to get a residence permit and pay for their studies.

In a crisis, basically the regular functions are the front line for dealing with questions about the crisis and managing the additional support needed. For students, this may mean contacting their study counsellors. Students can also contact the Student Health Service, which offers professional support through individual counselling for students and to support their mental well-being. The University Church (in Swedish) also offers support in the form of confidential conversations. The University Church is also located in Visby.

The current economic sanctions may make it difficult for students from Russia and Belarus to pay their tuition fees and living expenses in Sweden. The University is working on solutions with Uppsala Municipality and Region Gotland for the individuals affected.

For students from Ukraine, the University is investigating the possibility of targeted scholarships.

Uppsala University is a government agency and is not permitted to give away its assets in the form of either property or money. At present, all the University can do is refer students to other organisations – Uppsala Municipality, Region Gotland, and voluntary organisations. Students who are in Sweden and do not have access to their funds can contact Social Services.

In addition to continuing its core tasks of education, research and third stream activities, the University’s most important task at this point is to safeguard free research in every possible way. The knowledge and expertise of the University’s researchers and teaching staff come to fore in times of conflict and unrest. Through journalists and on other platforms, Uppsala University’s researchers and teaching staff are sharing their knowledge with the public and contributing facts and analysis to decision-makers. Research on democracy, Russia and Eastern Europe, nuclear power and nuclear disarmament are some examples of areas that are more topical than ever before. We are also collaborating nationally with other higher education institutions within the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), and internationally within the Guild of Research-Intensive Universities, the Coimbra Group, and the ENLIGHT European University initiative.

This is not part of the University’s mission, and the University can only assist with efforts on request from another government agency. Individual staff and students who want to provide assistance and support in the crisis that has arisen are invited to contact established aid organisations to make donations. The University is investigating the possibility of organising fundraising activities for the situation that has arisen.

As things stand, the University’s activities are continuing as planned. Uppsala University is a government agency and has not received any instructions from the Swedish Government to relocate activities or switch to distance education.

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