Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the Unit for Professional English and its activities.

Are your courses free, or is there a fee?

Our regular courses are offered for a per-participant fee, with the expectation that the participant's department (or administrative unit) will pay the fee. Each participant must submit a form guaranteeing payment in order to register for a course.

Who can take your courses?

Anyone who is currently employed by Uppsala University is eligible: teaching staff, researchers, doctoral students, administrative staff, librarians, etc. Master's students and undergraduate students are not eligible; for student needs, we recommend Språkverkstaden.

What kinds of instruction do you offer?

We offer primarily a mix of long-term courses (roughly 15 hours over the course of two months) and workshops (full-day or half-day). Custom-designed courses can take various formats, however.

Do you offer specialized courses for specific departments or research groups?

Yes, we can be contracted to develop custom courses, and have developed both long-term courses and workshops to order. These are ususally billed at a fixed price that is determined on the basis of the course design and the number of participants expected. Feel free to contact us to discuss any ideas or questions you may have.

Do you offer one-on-one lessons or tutoring for individuals?

Unfortunatlely, our resources do not permit us to offer individual lessons or tutoring. If you are a student or doctoral student, we suggest that you contact Språkverkstaden.

Do you do translation or editing of texts?

No, we do not offer translation, editing, or proofreading services.

Can you be commissioned to perform other services?

We have performed specific contracted work such as needs evaluations. If you are interested in discussing such work, please feel free to contact us.

Who funds the Unit for Professional English?

The UPE's activities are funded in part by participant fees, in part by the Department of English, and in part by special short-term funding from the Faculty of Languages of Uppsala University.