Here are some helpful tips how to search for courses and programmes and learn more about the academics system at Umeå University.
How do I search?
You can enter keywords in the search text box or simply leave it empty. Make your search results more detailed by checking the boxes if you want results from a certain academic term, study rate, programme or course, or language.
What can I enter in the search text box?
Your can enter one or several keywords that can be found in the course or programme title. Multiple keywords or terms should be separated with a space. You cannot search by application code or course code.
My results list is too long!
By combining your keywords with e.g. a specified academic term or rate of studies, you will likely get fewer but more optimal search results.
I cannot find what I’m searching for!
Please make sure that you have spelled your keywords correctly. Also try to remove one or more keywords and change your specifications in the checked boxes.
Additional search functions - fixed lists
In the navigation menu to the left, there are links to web pages for specific academic courses and programmes. You can find courses by level, distance and web-based courses, master’s programmes, and more.
What is rate of study?
100%, 50% or 25%? Rate of study is the tempo of the course. A 7.5 credit course at 100% lasts five weeks, at 50% it would be 10 weeks, 25% would be 20 weeks or an entire term. It is also important to know that in the Swedish system of study, students take one course at a time. You need to remember to select courses that are given at different times during the term so that you do not end up with four courses that all start in the middle of October.
Full-time studies comprise of 40 weeks per academic year (two terms), which are equivalent to 60 credits (ECTS). One academic term of full-time study is 30 credits. For example, you can take four 7.5 credit courses at 100% rate of study given at different periods in one academic term, or two 15 credit courses at 100% rate of study.
What is ECTS?
Umeå University uses the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) as its system of credits. 1.5 ECTS credits are equivalent to one week of study. An academic term of full-time study comprises of 30 ECTS. A two-year master’s degree programme comprises of 120 ECTS. It is also important to check the "Study Period" on the individual course page to find out the duration and tempo of the course.
Distance or web-based studies?
Distance education courses require at least one on-campus meeting, while web-based or online courses are held entirely via the Internet. If you are only enrolled in Web-based courses, you will not need to make arrangements to live in Umeå. In other words, you can study anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.
Programme or course?
Courses typically are given in one subject area. Programmes are made up of several courses and if you are enrolled in a programme, you are guaranteed a seat in all courses included in that programme. At Umeå University, programmes generally lead to a degree of bachelor or master.
What is basic level and advanced level?
Basic level courses and programmes are at the undergraduate level. Some require only secondary school (high school, gymnasium) level of education as a prerequisite to study. Others require some courses at the higher education level (university or college) for entrance. Basic level is also referred to as “first cycle” or “first level” by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.
Advanced level courses and programmes generally require a degree of bachelor or several completed courses in a certain subject at the undergraduate level. Please check the specific requirements under “Eligibility” on the course or programme page.
"Only show courses not requiring previous university studies”?
If you check this box, only courses and programmes will be shown that can be applied for directly after secondary school (gymnasium, high school), provided that you have the necessary secondary school qualifications.
How do I apply to a course or programme?
Make your search and then click the course or programme you want to apply to. On the presentation web page, you'll find an “Application information” heading under the “Programme Menu”. Find the “Apply Now” button. Click it and you will be redirected to studera.nu where you continue to follow the instructions on the page. The online application period is shorter for student outside of the EEA and Switzerland. Please note that the “Apply Now” button is only visible when the online application period is open for international students.
Applicants within the EEA and Switzerland may apply during the same application period as domestic Swedish students. The application deadlines are the 15th of April for the autumn term, and 15th of October for spring term. Please contact the department directly to apply for courses and programmes after the online application period is closed at studera.nu for international students. Contact information is found on the course or programme presentation web page.
More information is available at the How to Apply pages
I cannot find the “Apply Now!” button!
Sometimes, you need to scroll down on the webpage to find the current application period. This application button "Apply Now!" is only visible when the online application is open. For the autumn term, this is from 1 December to 15 January. For the spring term, it is visible from 1 June to 1 August. Summer courses are typically open for applications between mid-February and 15 March. Late applications are sometimes accepted, but those who have applied prior to the deadline always have first selection preference for admittance.
I am a national of an EU/EEA country. Is the application deadline different?
Applicants from the 27 EEA member nations and Switzerland may apply during the same application period as domestic Swedish students. The application deadlines are the 15th of April for the autumn term, and 15th of October for spring term. Online applications open one month prior to the deadline. You will need to contact the department directly in order apply for courses and programmes via studera.nu. Contact information is found on the course or programme presentation web page. They will assist you to complete an application via the Swedish pages at studera.nu