Study Abroad

Game Design is a very international subject area since games are found in every culture in every corner of the world! Are you interested in widening your own international experience during your education with us? The Department of Game Design has exchange partner universities that also specialise in Game Design but more partners are coming!

Who can apply?

Game Design students enrolled in any of the Bachelor programmes in Game Design, the Master programme in Game Design or any of the single courses in Game Design at Uppsala University and who want to study abroad can apply for exchange studies.

Some of Uppsala University's central partners can also have Game Design subjects or another subject area that you wish to explore. There are also options for traineeship with other Erasmus+ countries or why not add a summer course abroad? Any student of Uppsala University can apply, but their application periods and selection criteria differ.

It is possible to apply for a place within the central agreements first, and if you do not want the place you have been offered, you can apply to any of the departmental agreements after giving notification that you do not wish to accept the place offered.

Partner Universities

University of South Wales, United Kingdom
Our exchange agreement at the University of South Wales is within their Faculty of Creative Industries which has courses in the areas of Design, Fashion, Photography, Animation, Games, Music, Performance, Broadcasting, Journalism and Film. Information about the courses available can be found here at http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/.

Université d’Angers, France
This exchange agreement is within their ISTIA Engineering School where students become an engineering generalist with specialized training in theoretical and practical aspects of industrial and systems engineering. This option would be good if you would like to explore more options within Artifcial Intelligence, in-depth programming skills or possibly an internship with a research group there.

University of North Croatia, Croatia
The exchange agreement we have with this university is within the Department of Multimedia, Design and Application. It is difficult to see which courses that are taught in English, but generally English is used quite frequently there. Individual consultation can be arranged with professors and instructors, so if you have a project idea that matches a few courses, they can issue the grades and credits. 

Universidad Francisco De Vitoria, Spain
UFV, which is situated just outside of Madrid, offers many courses taught in English but we still recommend basic Spanish language skills to adjust to living there. Their handbook for international students can be found here and their homepage can be used to find courses and other useful information.

Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan
There are two different options to attend Osaka Institute of Technology as an exchange student. Internship/Research: Exchange students can have their research work or internship under supervision of a certain professor. The length and start date is negotiable, up to 1 year. The professor will support them in English; therefore, proficiency of Japanese Language is not required. 
Attending Classes (for credit): Exchange students can attend classes for credits for 1 to 2 semesters. In this case, they are requested to start and end their study according to the designated semester dates. In addition, it is necessary to have JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Level N2 or more because most of their courses are conducted only in Japanese.

If you are curious about any of these choices and want to know more, contact Stephanie Noroozy at the Department of Game Design.

How to apply

For studies abroad for the autumn term for Game Design's own partners, the online application is open from February 13 until February 19th, 2020. When the application opens, we will publish which universities you can apply to and how many places are available.

For studies abroad for the autumn term within the central agreements, you need to apply in November, 2019. To apply for study abroad opportunities for the spring term, you need to apply in May the year before.

For the other study abroad experiences: Erasmus+ traineeship, summer courses, MFS-field studies, make sure you check out the central information e-a-r-l-y.

Who gets a place?

After all the applications have been submitted and the deadline has passed, a working group consisting of the Director of Studies, the course administrator and a couple of teachers gather to review all the applications. If there are more applicants than the number of places, we make a selection based on the number of completed credits within the program, number of credits with VG, and the course proposal plus the motivation letter. As a discretion criteria, student representation in different events is used and representation of different programs.

Notification of a placement is given a couple of weeks after the last application date, but an application directly to the partner university must be made where you wait for an admission notification from them. The wait can take a very long time but usually a positive notification is received.

After the exchange

The courses you manage to receive academic credits for from the partner university should be credited to your degree after your exchange. The rules are generous but there is a lot you need to plan for and know before you choose which courses you should study there, i e before you go. You should therefore have a good idea of what your degree requirements are and which courses you can choose from at partner universities.

In order to finish your exchange you need to write a travel report, transfer your credits and if applicable, apply for continued financing/studiemedel. During your exchange, you have to remember to apply for your continued courses for the next semester.

Contact

Stephanie Noroozy at the Department of Game Design, can be contacted for further details for Game Design students who are interested in complementing their Game Design programme with a study abroad period, stephanie.noroozy@speldesign.uu.se.

Drop-in consultation is offered in F22 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9-10 during the semester.

Incoming exchange students from our partners should begin planning their exchange with their home university.

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