Student Life - Department of Economics

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It is no exaggeration to say that Uppsala is a pre-eminent student town. More than 40,000 students shape the life in Sweden's fourth-largest city. Our students live in a cultural setting with roots harking back several centuries and can experience student activities far beyond the ordinary. They live the traditional life of a student, both every day and on festive occasions – in student housing corridors and at student social clubs, called nations. Ball gowns and tie-and-tails elegance jostles with discos and pubs, and theater groups are just as self-evident as floor ball teams.

As you will soon notice, much of the student life in the city takes place around the 13 student nations, which become a second home to many of Uppsala's students. Student nations offer a wide range of activities, from choirs to different sports, but they also provide cheap lunch, pubs, clubs, housing, libraries, famous "fika" breaks (i.e. coffee breaks) and much more.

The student unions, on the other hand, deal with issues concerning education, health and welfare, equality, internationalisation, housing and economy. Their main goal is to protect and promote the interests of Uppsala University students. The unions are created and run by students, for students.

More useful information about the different student institutions and life as a student in Uppsala can be found here:

Nationsguiden - information about upcoming events and activities at the nations

Studentkår - Uppsala's student union

Academic traditions - read more about Uppsala's academic traditions including Valborg, the greatest festival of the year for Uppsala students

The Uppsala Student's A to Z - any questions left about student life in Uppsala? You will probably find the answer here.

Studying at the Department

The Department of Economics is responsible for Uppsala University’s teaching and research in Economics. We are one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Presently, we have around 100 employees and each year about 1,000 students participate in our courses at the BA-, MA- and PhD-levels. We have a long history – the first chair in Economics in Uppsala was established in 1741. The Department is located at Ekonomikum in central Uppsala and surrounded by a park, where you can study, hang out and relax in between lectures. As a student you have access to modern facilities in well-equipped labs, lecture rooms and in the library. Free Wi-Fi is available on campus.

We also encourage our students to make use of the numerous possibilities for students to get active. Besides the nations and student union, there are numerous student associations connected to Ekonomikum. Take a look at the different organisations here.

Foreign Students

As a foreign student, you should be prepared that being a student in Sweden can differ from what you are used to in your home country. Structures are not as hierarchical as in most other countries and Swedish people are generally very easygoing and informal. We do our best to help you and try to give you as good a study experience as possible. However, in return you are expected to take responsibility for your own success and use your freedoms in a way which benefits your studies. The social and problem solving skills you gain while studying for your degree will be a valuable asset in your future career. More information about what to expect is provided by the student union.

Student Voices

Interested to get to know more about Uppsala? Read what other students think about the Master's Programme.

It is also possible to get in contact with some of the current students in the Master's Programme in Economics via the student association Pareto. Write to if you have questions and/or want to know more.


Master's Programme Coordinator
Contact me for information about the programme, course contents etc.

Oscar Erixson
phone: (+46)18 – 471 51 12

Study Counsellor
Contact me if you have questions concerning adminstrative issues, registration for courses etc.

Nina Andersson
phone: (+46)18 - 471 51 08

International Office
Contact us if you have general questions about studying in Uppsala, the application process, scholarships etc.

Lina Solander

Directors of Master's Programme

Per Engström
phone: (+46)18 - 4717634