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WELCOME TO THE COURSE

Evolutionary Biology

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the course Evolutionary Biology, given by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science. My name is Xiao-Ru Wang and I am the course coordinator. You will be meeting me on the first day for the course introduction and as a teacher throughout. This letter provides details about how you register and provides details about the course, the university and life as a student in Umeå. We look forward to meeting you on January 20.

How to start

  • 1. Reply to your offer

    ​Have you been admitted to a course or programme, but do not wish to keep your place? Then you should decline your offer by logging in to your account at Universityadmissions.se. In doing so, you free up your place to someone who is on the waiting list.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

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  • 2. Register on the course

    Once you have accepted your offer of admission to the course, you must complete the self-registration procedures in the Student web. This should be done between 13 and 26 January. If you have not registered before January 26, you can lose your place on the course.

    To be able to sign in to the Student web and register online, you need to have activated your Umu-id account (see "New at Umeå university" below).

    Manual for self-registration

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  • 3. Course start

    Monday 20 January 2020

    Time: 10:00

    Location: NC230, Nature Science Building

    If you cannot attend at the introduction please inform the course organizer in advance.

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About the course

  • Course outline

    The course is divided into two modules. The first module focuses on modern evolutionary theory in relation to the origins and dynamics of genetic diversity in time and space, reproductive isolation and evolutionary relationships among organismal groups. This section includes lectures, literature seminars, computer exercises and is examined by assignments in each block. In the second module, each student carries out an in-depth exploratory project within one of the subject areas within the course.

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  • Literature

    We strongly recommend Freeman and Herron "Evolutionary Analysis" (5th edition; Pearson Global Edition; ISBN: 9781292061276). Additional reading material for the lecture/seminar section of the course will be provided. For the project section of the course, you will be responsible for finding and applying the knowledge from literature on your own.

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New at Umeå University

  • Checklist for admitted students

    Follow this simple list of things to complete your enrolment at Umeå University. It includes: how to secure housing, getting a residence permit (for citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland), tuition payment (if applicable), travel directions and more.

    To the checklist for newly admitted Students

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  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular term, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but not later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme.

    If you will have housing through the International Housing Office you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

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  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins before the start of each term.

    More about the Orientation this term.

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  • Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the term start in order to, for instance:

    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • register for courses
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the term start.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

    For exchange students
    If you are an exchange student, you will receive information on arrival about how to activate your account.

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    When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:

    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

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  • Welcome fair

    Save the date!

    Are you starting at Umeå University in spring 2020? Keep track of what the University and Umeå has to offer you as a new student. Attend our Welcome Fair on January 22th!

    Welcome Fair Spring

     

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  • Join a student union

    There are three student unions at Umeå University:

    • Umeå Student Union
    • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
    • Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union.

    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

    Become a member of a student union!

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    Student life begins here

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