395,000 square metres facilities
71 Bachelor’s programmes
2,257 students at Master’s level
51 International Master’s programmes taught in English
779 Freestanding courses taught in English
Student exchange agreements with over 400 universities across the world
2,342 Doctoral students
5,099 scientific publications
1,461 incoming exchange students (2018)
1,072 outgoing exchange students (2018)
491 student exchange agreements in 72 countries
104 Master’s programmes in English
4 Bachelor’s programmes in English


Uppsala University, founded in 1477, was the first university in Scandinavia and therefore, the Nordic region’s oldest university – and is now ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. There are more than 40,000 students here and they are seen, heard and make their mark everywhere. The University’s nearly 5,000 researchers and teachers conduct world-leading research and offer a seemingly endless number of courses.

Uppsala University is divided into three disciplinary domains: humanities and social sciences, medicine and pharmacy, and science and technology. These in turn consist of nine faculties and nearly 50 departments in total. Since 2012, Eva Åkesson is the University’s Vice-Chancellor.


Uppsala University has one of the most comprehensive academic departments of Earth Sciences in Europe, according to international assessments. Its unique width in education and research, and its extensive global fieldwork, contribute to our knowledge about the properties, systems and development of planet Earth.

Uppsala University’s researchers share their knowledge in public lectures. Every year, the University is visited by leading researchers and influential people from around the world. At Uppsala University, you can hear Nobel laureates, researchers, authors, politicians and many others give lectures. Here we present some of the most prominent, annually occurring lectures at Uppsala University.


Uppsala University has during recent years with a few exceptions ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the three big international rankings lists, Times Higher Education (THE), QS World University Rankings and ARWU (Shanghai Ranking).

The table below shows Uppsala University’s latest placements in different university rankings:

Ranking Placement
ARWU (Shanghai) (2018) 62
QS (2018) 116
Times Higher Education (2018) 102
Leiden ranking (2018) 118 (top 10%)
US News (2018) 103
Webometrics (2018) 106


Among the University’s alumni there are 15 Nobel Prize laureates, of which 8 received their prizes for discoveries made during their time at Uppsala University. Carl Linnaeus, Anders Celsius and Olof Rudbeck the Elder are a few examples of prominent scientists in Uppsala University’s history.


Last updated : 2019-12-10 12:46:40