Frequently asked Questions

The following questions are the most common questions regarding exchange student applications and admissions. If you cannot find the answer to your questions here, please use the contact form om this page.

Before applying

How can I be nominated for exchange studies at Umeå University?

Your home university has to officially nominate you by filling out our online nomination form. 

How do I receive the link to the application?

The link to the application and detailed instructions are automatically sent to your e-mail once your home university has submitted the nomination through our online form.

There is no agreement between my home university and Umeå University. Can I still apply as an exchange student?

No, to be granted the status “exchange student” there has to be a formal exchange agreement between your home university and Umeå University. You can ask the coordinator at your home university if such an agreement exists.

Do I have to pay tuition fees?

As an exchange student you do not have to pay any tuition fees to Umeå University as long as you apply for courses offered to exchange students. If you apply for courses in the application round for free mover students you may be asked to pay fees.

How do I apply for housing?

When your coordinator at your home university fills out the nomination form, he/she is also required to indicate whether or not you need housing for your stay at Umeå University.

More information about housing can be found here:
Housing for exchange students

When applying

Will I need to provide proof of my proficiency in English?

Proficiency tests in English are not required from students under formal exchange agreements between Umeå University and their home university.

Can I learn Swedish during my stay at Umeå University?

There are two language courses in Swedish designed for foreign students: Swedish for International Students, Beginners´ Course I and Swedish for International Students, Beginners´ Course II. It's possible to apply for theses courses in addition to 30 ECTS in other subjects.

After applying

What happens after I have submitted my application?

If you do not meet the requirements or if any documentation is missing we will contact you. You can follow the status of your application on your account at

You will receive an e-mail in the end of May (autumn term applications) or the end of November (spring term applications) when the results of the selection are published.

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