Academic Life

The Academic Year
The academic year runs from the beginning of September to mid-June. Scholars may apply
for a full academic year or one semester respectively. The autumn semester starts at the beginning of September
and ends in mid-December. The spring semester begins in early January and ends in mid-June.

During the autumn semester, there is a one-week break, usually at the end of October/beginning of November.
During the spring semester, two breaks are scheduled. In addition to a one-week winter break, usually at the end
of February, there is a two-week spring (Easter) break. There are also a few bank holidays during the spring

During the breaks, Fellows may still work in their offices if they so wish. Absences during the breaks are not included in the maximum of ten days’ absence per semester.

Your Office
Our offices are located both in Linneanum and the adjacent Villa. Each office is equipped with a desk, bookshelves,
a computer (either an Apple Macintosh or a PC [IBM compatible] according to your specification) and a personal
printer. All computers are connected to the SCAS network with high-speed Internet access. Wi-Fi is available
throughout SCAS’s premises. Multi-function copiers (printer and scanner, and in one case also a fax machine)
are located both in Linneanum and the Villa. Please note that some of the offices in the Villa also serve as flats. See Housing for further details.

The Collegium is usually attended by the staff between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday) during the semester. Fellows have around-the-clock access to their offices.

Seminars and Other Events
Part of being a fellow at an institute for advanced study is the conversation across disciplinary and national
boundaries. Weekly seminars serve as a focus of shared activities. Fellows are expected to give at least one
seminar during their stay in residence and attend all other fellow seminars as well as the evening lectures given
at the Collegium a few times every semester. Additionally, a range of other intellectual encounters, such as
concerts, workshops and symposia, offer opportunities for interaction. The fellow seminars are normally held
on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, whereas other events may take place on other weekdays. All events are held in
the Thunberg Lecture Hall (Thunbergssalen).

Lunches and Fellow Dinners
Lunch is served Monday to Friday at 12.30 p.m. in the dining room on the second floor of Linneanum. Since
the lunches form an essential part of the Collegium’s scholarly community and provide opportunities for
discussion, fellows are expected to attend all of them. Occasionally, it may be possible for fellows to invite a
guest for lunch. On a few occasions each semester, fellows and spouses are invited to fellow dinners, which
replace the lunch that day.

Social Events and Excursions
During the academic year, there will be a few excursions to places of interest. More information is provided at
the beginning of each semester. Fellows are expected to participate in the excursions. Normally, spouses can join
at an additional cost.

Uppsala University Library
The Collegium will arrange for all fellows to get a library card at Uppsala University Library. Several of the library
branches are within walking distance of the Collegium. A special agreement between SCAS and the University
Library allows fellows to order books from the library online and have all loans, including interlibrary loans,
delivered to and picked up at SCAS. Normally, deliveries and pick-ups take place twice a week during the
academic year.

The Library at SCAS
The Collegium has a small reference library on the fourth floor of Linneanum. In addition to a selection of
encyclopaedias, dictionaries and other reference works, there is a small number of scholarly periodicals as
well as daily newspapers. A number of books written by former fellows are also available. A small collection
of works of fiction is available in the common room on the top floor of the Villa. These books have been
purchased and read by former fellows and donated to SCAS for others to read.

Meeting Rooms
Located in the Villa, a fully equipped meeting room with facilities for twelve people can be booked by fellows
for workshops and other meetings. The common room on the top floor of the Villa serves as another unofficial
meeting place. A smaller meeting room without technical equipment is located on the third floor of Linneanum.
Upon request, also the Thunberg Lecture Hall (Thunbergssalen) can occasionally be used for smaller meetings.

Learning Swedish
Each semester the Collegium offers to arrange a Swedish course for fellows and their spouses (the level of the
course is dependent on the participants). In recent years, we have collaborated with a junior lecturer from the
Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University who comes to SCAS for ten sessions during
the semester. This class is offered, provided there is a reasonable number of participants.