What are the semester dates and do we have a Christmas break?
The academic year is split into 2 semesters, each lasting 20 weeks. There is no formal break in between the two semesters and there is no formal Christmas break. Semester 1 usually starts around the end of August and goes until the middle of January. Semester 2 starts in the middle of January and end at the beginning of June. Classes usually end several days before Christmas, but often exams or final papers are to be handed in at the beginning of January. Most Swedish institutions use calendar weeks instead of dates.

How many hours of class will I have every week?
Lecture time depends on the course, but you can expect to spend an average of up to 10hrs/week per course in lecture. A very big emphasis is placed on self-study.

What’s the size of the class?
Up to 30 students are admitted to the program. For language lectures the class is divided in three different groups depending on the pre-knowledge of the attendants.

What are the career options?
There is an annual event called "Career Fair" where you can meet and talk to prospective employers. The internship is also an opportunity to explore your future career options. Once you have graduated, jobs are found in both public and private sector; you can work for state authorities e.g. embassies or ministries, private companies, think-tanks, research institutes, NGO:s etc.

Do I have to be able to speak Swedish?
No, all courses are held in English. However, if you wish to learn Swedish, the Department of Nordic Languages offers Basic Swedish courses which you can apply for directly on their website in August and January.

Does IRES help out with accommodation?
No, there is a shortage of housing in Uppsala and unfortunately IRES cannot help out with accommodation. If you are a fee-paying student, the university will assist you in finding accommodation. If you are a EU national you are responsible for finding your own housing. Take action early on as accommodation in Uppsala is scarce and hence difficult to find. You can look for housing at www.studentstaden.se, www.blocket.se, https://studentboet.se/en  or through groups on Facebook. Be aware of scams and never pay anything in advance.

I have a disability, what help is there?
If you have a disability that affects your studies, you can get support during your time at Uppsala University. Remember to apply for this support in good time, preferably when applying for the programme at Uppsala University.

Is there a university gym?
No. There are several private gyms in Uppsala. Some of them have student discounts, such as Campus 1477 and Friskis & Svettis. Some of the student nations do offer different sports teams that you can be apart of.

Is there a university dining hall?
No. Student premises have microwaves so that you can heat your lunch box. Many of the student nations also offer lunch for a small fee, often under 60SEK.

Russian is my mother tongue, do I still have to take language classes?
Yes. Our advanced language class is conducted exclusively in Russian and often focuses on current political and cultural events. You will benefit from participating.

How many Russian levels are there?
There are three levels: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. You are assigned your level according to your formal credentials.

I'm a fee-paying student, how much does it cost?
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

I would like to know if Uppsala University offers any scholarships?
Uppsala University awards a number of scholarships to fee-paying international students each year. Please find further information on Uppsala University scholarships here. 

Is it possible to work while studying?
Although it is possible to work while studying it is a strong recommendation not to depend on working to support yourself during your time as a student in Sweden. Due to the large number of students in Uppsala, it is very difficult to find available part-time jobs. Many employers require Swedish language skills, and depending on your university workload, it may be difficult for you to commit to work outside of studies. Some international students find employment at the pubs, clubs and restaurants at the student nations. However, while working at the nations is enjoyable and a great way to make new friends, the amount of money you earn will not be enough for you to live on.