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 student at IBG, you have the opportunity to spend part of your studies abroad. IBG has an exchange programme in biology that is aimed at all students studying at IBG and meets the qualification requirements. The exchange is within the framework of the ERASMUS program and an opportunity to study at another European university during one semester.

IBG:s exchange programmes include advanced courses and theses in biology. At some universities it is only possible to take courses. At other universities you can only do theses and at some universities it is possible to do both. As a rule, the courses are given in the country's own language (advanced level courses are increasingly given in English), while the thesis can be done in English.

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

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


Those who meet any one of the following requirements are eligible to apply to study abroad:

  • Students at the IBG Master programmes in Biology, Applied Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biotechnology. At the time of 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. 
  • MSc programmes in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biotechnology beginning year 4 with completed courses from the first three years.
  • Bachelor programme in biology with approved biology courses of at least 75 credits, of which at least 60 credits from the given set of basic courses within the programme.
  • Students at the teacher programme with approved 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 prioritised.