Swedish nature

Swedish Nature, July 25 – August 10, 2022

A course for visiting students from east Asia. 


Uppsala University field stations Klubban and Erken. Responsible departments: Biology Education Center (www.ibg.uu.se) and Department of Ecology and Genetics (www.ieg.uu.se).


In an international setting, the students will be trained in basic field techiques as well as in generic skills such as research methodology, problem solving and communication. The students will meet researchers performing current relevant biology research at Uppsala University.

Course description

The course will give an overview of Swedish ecosystems and their natural history, including the effects of climate,history, geology and human impact. After the course the student should be able to:

  • describe important groups of organisms and prominent species in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and their adaptations
  • explain in basic terms how these ecosystems are structured and affected by climate, physical factors and human impact
  • apply basic field techniques to assess diversity and abundance

Practical information
The students will be greeted at Arlanda airport, near the old, beautiful and safe town of Uppsala. Students are offered comfortable housing in the small city where it is easy to move around by bicycle, by bus or by walking. The climate is comfortable and the environment; including air and water, is clean. The students will be introduced to the course and the field stations of Uppsala University, including the marine biology station Klubban at the Swedish west coast. Before returning home, the students will hear about ongoing research at Uppsala University and have the possibility to visit the capital of Sweden, Stockholm.

At least half a year of full time studies on a Bachelor’s programme in biology, including at least one course in ecology, zoology or botany.

The course fee is divided in three parts and include travels, accommodation and food during the field part of the course. Application fee: 900 SEK, tuition fee 10833 SEK, and a fee for travels, accomodation in field stations and food 4500 SEK. The application will not be treated until the application fee is paid.

Apply between February 20 – March 15th, 2022. March 15 is an absolute deadline for application and documentation. Please see the attached checklist for all details.

More information
info@ibg.uu.se, Ronny Alexandersson, Biology Education Center, Uppsala University, ronny.alexandersson@ibg.uu.se or Yin Zheng-Yuan, yin.zheng-yuan@ibg.uu.se (information in Chinese)

A typical Swedish red cottage painted with the traditional "Falu rödfärg" - the red paint from Falun. This colour was originally made in Falun and contains residues from the copper mining industry in Falun. Read more about Falu red


Last modified: 2021-12-03