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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is a world-class university in life and environmental sciences. SLU is a top-ranked school in research, educational quality and creativity, and has about 3,500 full-time undergraduate students and over 700 PhD students.

Students enrolled in SLU work with everything that grows, from animals and plants to microorganisms. Through research, education, and environmental monitoring and assessment, students at SLU acquire the knowledge to sustainably utilise landscapes, forests, animals, and soil. 

The SLU's strengths lie in the following research areas:

  • Genetic Resources and Biotechnology
  • Animal and Human Health
  • Climate and Ecosystem Change
  • Sustainable Production Systems and the Management of Natural Resources
  • Quality in the Food Chain
  • Community Planning and Sustainable Development in Urban and Rural Environments

The Swedish government has given SLU the important task of conducting environmental monitoring and assessment within Sweden and around the world. The university achieves this responsibility by monitoring lakes, forests, farmland, and animal and plant species throughout Sweden from its 4 main campuses in Umeå, Uppsala, Skara, and Alnarp. SLU analyses environmental trends and provides information which serves as a basis for environmental policy making.

SLU's research and education ethos is achieved through interdisciplinary studies and applicability, a comprehensive view, and various contacts within both the business industry and society in general. The faculties at SLU have an ardent interest in natural resources and the environment, and combine traditional knowledge with a pioneering spirit throughout their education curriculums.



Students at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) are paving the way to a greener, cleaner, more sustainable world. This world-class university offers unique, innovative programs in life and environmental sciences, closely linking education to research. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1, providing true support for students enrolled in these programs. At SLU, time spent outside the classroom is just as important as inside – so students gain an in-depth knowledge through hands-on study.

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Student services & facilities

The study and career counsellors can give you general advice on courses and programmes at SLU. We can show you where to find detailed information about the content of courses and programmes, what the job prospects are like and also help you assess this information.

Study guidance at SLU in short:

  • We can assist you with general queries on study and career choices.
  • We can help you structure your thoughts and explore the opportunities available to you, to help you make a choice that is right for you.
  • Do you have more specific questions on e.g. course content or credit transfer? Then you should contact your programme director of studies.
  • If you are taking freestanding courses or distance-learning courses, you can contact the course coordinator directly.
  • The study and career advisers are bound by professional secrecy when it comes to personal information.
  • We can meet on campus, via Skype or on the phone.Contact us to make an appointment.


Once you have been accepted as a student at SLU, it is time to think about accommodation options. Finding an appropriate place to live can be a difficult, competitive and time-consuming process.  The earlier you start looking and applying for accommodation, the more alternatives you will have.  Once you know where you will be studying, the best thing you can do is to put your name in an accommodation queue.  The more queues you are in, the better chance you have of finding accommodation.

Accomodation Alnarp

SLU’s Alnarp campus is a green oasis located in central Öresundsregionen.  The campus is situated on a rolling, luxuriant park where education and research is intensively conducted.  Adding to the picturesque surroundings are striking buildings with impressive architecture, offering an aesthetically stimulating environment for students, researchers, employees and visitors. 

Accomodation Umeå

SLU’s Umeå campus is an inspiring and picturesque learning environment.  Surrounded by deep green forests, scenic parks and clear, blue lakes, it is easy to see why Umeå is the fastest growing city in Sweden.  With 110 000 inhabitants, Umeå is the largest city in Norrland, and each year over 800 000 people pass through Umeå's airport.  It takes less than an hour to fly from Umeå to Stockholm, and four hours to fly to Brussels.

Accomodation Uppsala

The SLU campus in Uppsala is situated approximately five kilometers south of downtown Uppsala. It takes around 20 minutes to bike from downtown Uppsala to the Ultuna area.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master's programmes. The scholarships are awarded by both SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI).

For the academic year 2019-2020, SLU will offer approximately 2-6 scholarships. The number of scholarships awarded changes from year to year. 

All students who apply for an SLU Master’s programme as their top priority by the January 15 deadline will receive information about how to apply for a full tuition waiver scholarship. Application instructions will be sent to all eligible applicants within a few days after the application deadline. The deadline to submit your scholarship application will be February 15. A scholarship offered by SLU covers tuition fees only, no living or travel expenses are included.  All fee-paying students, including scholarship recipients, will also receive comprehensive medical insurance through Kammarkollegiet FAS+ during the entire study period. 

Scholarships awarded by the Swedish Institute cover both tuition fees and cost of living. There is a number of different scholarships available depending of your background.


SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Arrheniusplan 4
750 07 Uppsala

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