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Umeå University is a comprehensive university covering research and education in medicine, science and technology, social sciences, arts and humanities, and educational sciences. We offer close to 300 courses in English to exchange students and have highly international staff as well as modern facilities, ensuring qualitative education to our incoming students.

Fact sheet for Umeå University

Exchange details

Level of exchange

Undergraduate courses, graduate courses
Short semester, one semester, a full academic year

Semester dates

The academic calendar at Umeå University is divided into two terms (semesters), each lasting 20 weeks. The autumn term typically begins during the beginning of September and ends in the middle of January. The spring term begins in the middle of January and ends during the early part of June.

Academic calendar

Insurance

Exchange students are covered by an insurance policy, Student IN.

The insurance covers necessary and reasonable costs for emergency health, dental care and damage to property. Travels outside of Sweden is not included in the cover. EU/EEA citizens are required by the Swedish authorities to bring the European Health Insurance Card.

No matter which nationality, students are strongly advised to have their own Health, Travel and Accident insurance policy.

Support for students with disabilities

We offer individual support to students who have a disability. The support aims to ensure the student may pursue their studies under the same conditions as their peers.

Study with a disability

Academics

Course catalogue

Umeå University offers a wide range of courses in English for exchange students.

Students can apply for all courses in the catalogue. To be admitted they need to fulfill the requirements and there has to be available places.

The course selection should be discussed with the home university to make sure it is approved.

Students who want to apply for courses instructed in Swedish, need to have reached a level of B2 or C1 depending on which course they apply for.

Contact the International Office for more information: incoming.io@umu.se

Grading system

The Higher Education Ordinance states that the following grades may be awarded, unless the institution decides to grade on some other scale.

  • Pass with Distinction (väl godkänd)
  • Pass (godkänd)
  • Fail (underkänd)

A number of courses use only two grades: Pass or Fail. Others, for example in Law and Engineering, traditionally use scales with several levels – expressed as letters or numbers.

No overall grade is given for a degree and students are not ranked.

The home university is responsible for translation of grades. To support the translation, the ECTS grading table is used at Umeå University. It shows the distribution of awarded grades since the course was established with the current course code, until the date the student have completed the course. The distribution will only show for courses established at least two years before the student completed the course.

Course load

One academic term comprises 20 weeks. This corresponds to approximately 40 hours of study per week including a varying number of lectures and classes. Most courses consist of 7.5, 15 or 30 ECTS.

1.5 ECTS is the equivalent to one week of full-time study.

Examination period

Normally there are no final exams that cover the entire semester’s course work, or that cover an entire general study programme. This means that exams are given at the end of each course, and not at the end of the semester.

Overview of the nomination and application procedure

  1. Partner university submits student's nomination in Solemove.
  2. Student receives an e-mail from Solemove with instructions on how to complete the nomination information in Solvemove.
  3. Student completes nomination information in Solemove.
  4. Student receives an e-mail from Solemove with instructions on how to apply for courses.
  5. The notification of selection results (admission result) is published in the end of May for autumn applications, and end of November for spring applications.

Nomination procedure

Exchange students must be nominated online through Solemove (Umeå University's administrative system for student mobility). Should you not have received log in information, please contact the department at Umeå University which you have signed the exchange agreement with.

The nomination is submitted, an automatic e-mail with the application instructions will be sent to your students. 

Please make sure to nominate students who have sufficient knowledge of English, both oral and written, so they are able to follow their courses.

Nomination period

Autumn semester and full academic year: 1 March–1 April

Spring semester: 1 September–1 October

Important: Only online nominations in Solemove within the nomination period will be accepted.

Which information should be included?

When you log in to Solevemoe the form you will be asked to provide us with the following details:

  • Contact details to you and to your students
  • The students date of birth
  • Exchange programme
  • Exchange period
  • Agreement

When is the nomination and application deadline?

In the event of the dates below occurring on a weekend/holiday, the deadlines are postponed to the nearest weekday.

Spring semester
Nominations: 1 October
Applications: 15 October

Autumn term
Nominations: 1 April 
Applications: 15 April 

Umeå University offers a wide range of courses in English for exchange students.

Students can apply for all courses in the catalogue. To be admitted they need to fulfill the requirements and there has to be available places.

The course selection should be discussed with the home university to make sure it is approved.

Students who want to apply for courses instructed in Swedish, need to have reached a level of B2 or C1 depending on which course they apply for.

Contact the International Office for more information: incoming.io@umu.se

Submitting a course application

Detailed application instructions are found at:
Application instructions

Arriving and Orientation

Recommended arrival days

Autumn semester 2022: The recommended arrival day will be 22-23 August tentative (for students who have accommodation through the Housing Office).

Spring semester 2022: 16 January (tentative)

Orientation

The Orientation consists of a series of lectures and activities that are designed to help you become acquainted with life in Umeå and studies at our university. Digital pre-arrival will be held 18 August tentative. Orientation will be held 25 August tentative.

Orientation

Accommodation

Umeå University offers halls of residence close to the university. 

Student housing

Meal plan: Students prepare their own meals in the common kitchen in the halls of residence.

Off-campus accommodation: It is possible to rent from private landlords, but we do not recommend students to rely on finding their accommodation after their arrival in Umeå.

Accommodation

International Student Guide

We have gathered information and tips for your students in several areas: housing and budget, residence permit and visa, insurances, health care, travel, and social life.

International Student Guide

International cooperations and networks

All exchange agreements we have can be found in Solemove.

In addition, we participate in a number of international cooperations and networks:
International Cooperations

Does your university want to sign an exchange agreement with Umeå University?

Exchange agreements are mainly signed at departmental level. If your university wants to sign an Erasmus+ or Nordplus agreement with our university, you need to contact the international contact person at the respective department. You find a list of contact persons at our student pages:
International Contact Persons

Promotional material

If you would like promotional material about exchange studies at Umeå University please contact us at incoming.io@umu.se

Erasmus Without Paper

Digital nominations are submitted via the mobility tool, Solemove. Instructions for nominating your outgoing students.

Inter-institutional Agreements – IIA

Umeå University will use the mobility provider Solemove for IIA (Erasmus agreements).

We are currently in the testing phase and are unable to sign agreements in Solemove. We hope to be able to digitally sign IIAs via EWP from spring 2022.

To prepare for the signing process, it is important to discuss the cooperation conditions beforehand via email (e.g. number of students, mobility type, number of months, subject area code, study cycle and language level). New digital IIAs can be created and prepared if your system is connected to EWP and once the information previously mentioned have been decided upon.

Online Learning Agreement

Umeå University is currently not signing digital learning agreements and therefore they have to be done via paper. We will use Online Learning Agreements when EWP allow us to do so.