Sweden is situated between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea and is the fifth largest country in Europe. Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden, with approximately 190,000 inhabitants. It is located about 45 miles north of Stockholm, which is about 40 minutes away by train. Uppsala University was founded in 1477, making it the oldest university in Scandinavia with approximately 40,000 students enrolled.
The Uppsala University and the University of Michigan have a bi-lateral exchange agreement and, as such, all University of Michigan students will participate in the program as exchange students.
Students are not required to have a background in the Swedish language. Uppsala University offers beginning Swedish classes for interested students, but it is not mandatory that students enroll in Swedish language classes.
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline.
Junior or Senior standing by program start date
Good academic standing
Minimum 3.0 GPA
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Uppsala University offers a large catalog of English-language courses including natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities content. The University is particularly known for its specialties in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Sustainable Development; popular selections also include Viking Studies, Early Medieval Studies, Ethics and Social Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology, Biology, and Environment and Development Studies.
Exchange students typically take classes that are taught in English; however, if students have sufficient Swedish language skills they may be able to enroll in courses taught in Swedish. Swedish languages classes are offered throughout the academic year and an intensive Swedish language class is offered during August for students starting in the Fall.
Campus Gotland, also available for exchange study, is located off the coast of the Swedish mainland. This campus offers introductory level classes in archaeology and gaming studies, among other selections. Students interested in Campus Gotland should contact their study abroad advisor for additional information.
For more information on classes taught in English, please visit the Uppsala website.
University of Michigan students will earn between 12-18 credits per term.
LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.
Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
Partner Institution Application (online form)
Course Study Plan
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
Exchange students apply for housing through the University. Uppsala University does not have on-campus student housing; instead student housing is provided by local private companies and is located off-campus. For more information, please visit the Uppsala website.
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.