Student exchange

Student exchange

As a student at the Department for Biology Education you have great opportunities to go on an exchange to a large number of places in the world. Here we present a few different ways to go on an exchange. On these pages you find among other information what universities IBG has an exchange with, links to the faculty and university administered exchanges, and more.

If you've got any questions regarding exchange studies, please contact the sudy counsellors at

General exchange

IBG's exchange programs

As a biology student, you have the opportunity to spend part of your time during your studies abroad. IBG has an exchange programme in biology that is available for all students who fulfill the qualification requirements (sätt in intern länk). The exchange is within the framework of the ERASMUS programme and gives an opportunity to study abroad at another European university during one or two semesters.

IBG’s exchange programme includes both the opportunity to do courses as well as the Degree project in biology. However, the options may differ depending on the hosting University. While some of our partner universities offer only regular courses others only offer the possibility to do a Degree project, and for some both choices are possible. Most of our partner universities offer courses given in English, but the amount may vary between different universities. Generally courses at advanced level are given in English at a larger extent than undergraduate courses.

A list of all of IBG's partner universities

Application for exchange studies within the IBG agreements

The application deadline for the following academic year (both autumn and spring semester) is February 15. However, in the beginning of autumn we will announce remaining positions (if any) for the following spring. The deadline for those applications is October 15. It is important to note that many of our partner universities have their application deadlines before that date. We therefor recommend you to send in your application as soon as possible. We handle applications for remaining positions continuously.

The following is needed for your application:

1. Application registration form 

In the form you will register your personal contact information as well as where you would like to go for your exchange studies and a proposal for courses during your exchange. You have the possibility to choose up to four universities. Courses can be found at the webpage for each specific university.

2. Academic purpose statement (APS)

The APS must be written in English with a maximum of 600 words and include a motivation for your choice of Country, University and courses, and the connection to your present studies and future career. Send your APS to

If you have chosen several Universities in your application, you should still attach only one APS. Focus your APS on your first priority choice.

For any questions, you are welcome to contact

In regards to Covid-19
During the present circumstances, many of our partners have decided to cancel inbound exchange studies. Neither do we accept outgoing exchanges towards a country if there is a non-travel recommendation from the Ministry of foreign affairs


If you meet one of the following requirements you are eligible to apply for exchange studies within the IBG’s exchange agreements:

  • Students at the IBG Master programmes in Biology, Applied Biotechnology or Bioinformatics. At the time of the application, the student must have completed 30 credits, and upon departure 60 credits.
  • Students with a bachelor from Uppsala University can apply for exchange studies from year one at the master program. 
  • Students at the Master's Programme in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering, beginning year 4 with completed courses from the first five semesters.
  • Students in the Bachelor programme in biology with completed courses of at least 60 credits from the first two years, of which at least 45 credits are in biology. We recommend bachelor students to apply for exchange studies for their third year.

  • Students at the teachers programme with completed biology courses equivalent to the given set of basic courses within the programme.
  • Students at Uppsala University with the equivalent knowledge from individual courses.

Master students who have completed their bachelor at Uppsala University are prioritized.

General exchange programme

Uppsala University has general exchange programmes with many universities on all continents. If you want to study outside Europe, please contact the International Office at Uppsala University, who arranges these exchanges. There are also exchange programmes with several European universities other than those in IBGs exchanges.

You can write your thesis abroad, either in an exchange programme, or as an external thesis within the programme. In both cases you must discuss with the coordinator in advance.

Exchange programs within the Faculty of Science and Technology

The Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology has a few exchanges in engineering/science in Europe.

The faculty web site has more information information


Eight nations in the Nordic and Baltic countries are members of Nordplus. Scholarships both at bachelor and master level can be applied for twice a year (September and January). With this program you can for instance go to Copenhagen and Svalbard. Please contact the International office for applications. 

Nordplus' own web site has all the information you need