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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 11 May 2021)


Events and meetings

(Last updated: 21 April 2020, 11:25)


All public events organised or co-hosted by Umeå University are to be cancelled or replaced with alternative formats. The concept “public events” does not include research or education on any level.

Bildmuseet and Curiosum may still carry out activities aimed at pre-school children and children at school given that the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government’s guidelines, regulations and general advice and the current situation with regards to COVID-19 allow that such activities continue.

Student unions are urged to carry out their welcoming reception for new students online. This also goes for their information and recruitment campaigns.

Student unions are urged to not organise events in external premises. This particularly concerns events in which alcohol is served or is sold.

Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (Högskoleprovet)

The Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test may be implemented in university premises in accordance with special agreements set up with the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) and based upon the requirements for special measures stated therein.

University premises

Extensive restrictiveness must be taken regarding presence in University premises. When visits to our premises are deemed necessary, physical distancing between individuals must be adhered to. This also applies to public and shared spaces such as lunch rooms and cafeterias.

People who share work or study places, and who have to be present at times, for instance in certain offices or labs, should discuss the possibility of alternating their presence in the facilities, i.e. some form of shift work.

Meeting people in person should be limited to a few individuals, these should also be the same every time.

All public spaces, lecture rooms, group study rooms and study spaces must continue to be adapted for physical distancing to the extent possible.

No events for students or staff may take place in university premises. Serving alcohol is prohibited.

The Umeå University Library is still open but additional measures may be necessary to further reduce the risk of infection.


Internal and external meetings, conferences, seminars, visits and similar must be implemented using online tools, alternatively be postponed or cancelled.

Umeå University is advising against gatherings, activities and meetings outdoors. Despite the reduced risk of infection when meeting outdoors, it is important that Umeå University follows the recommendations issued by Region Västerbotten stating that we should reduce the number of people we meet.

Meeting people in person should be limited to a few individuals, these should also be the same every time.

Public defences of doctoral theses

Public defences are still carried out, but the forms may need to be adapted. Doctoral students will receive information by their respective faculty.

Learn more under Doctoral studies

Face masks

In situations where people cannot avoid close contact, students and staff should wear a face mask.

Read about the university's recommendation regarding face masks