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Sweden in the EU - Academic Perspectives and Competitive Intelligence

Welcome! You have been admitted to the course Sweden in the EU - Academic Perspectives and Competitive Intelligence at the Department of Political Science. Here you will find important information about what you need to do to start the course. You will also find some more information about the course, the university and life as a student in Umeå. You are also welcome to contact us using the contact form. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå!

How to start

  • 2. Register on the course

    Registration at the student website

    You need to be registered for the course in the study documentation system to be able to follow the course and to get your results recorded during the course. Online registration is open between January 11, 2021 and January 18, 2021. If you do not register by January, 18 at the latest, you risk losing your place.

    To be able to sign in at the student website and register online, you need to have activated your Umu-id account.

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    Course registration at the student website.

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  • 3. Course start


    Time: 13:15-15:00

    Location: s505

    Course Introduction

    Dear Master student!


    I intend to honor the schedule that is available on Time Edit. However, under the current Corona restrictions, we might have to meet on-line via zoom instead of in the classroom. PLEASE, for further information and updates and Zoom link, see the Canvas page that you will get access to once registration begins.


    Also note that during the first week, in addition to two lecture/discussions (Monday & Wednesday), the schedule says “Handledning” Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. At these times, I want to meet each one of you individually.  You only have to sign up for and schedule one short session during one of these days. I want to know about your background, you previous studies and your research interest.  I will provide a signs-up sheet or some other instruction for this procedure when we meet for the first time, Monday January 18 at 13:15.



    Torbjörn Bergman


    P.S. Yes, the schedule says that we start at 13 but there is a long departmental tradition of interpreting that as starting 13:15! (known at the “academic quarter”)


About the course

  • Course Information

    The course analyses the debate about EU's future development, as well as questions about the impact of EU membership on Swedish democracy and constitutional practice, e.g., regarding the parliament (the Riksdag) and the political parties. It provides an opportunity to do research on Swedish democracy within the European Union. In as far as possible, the course is given in collaboration with stakeholders and partners in the workplace.

    The course consists of lectures and seminars, at least one which is compulsory and graded Pass/Fail. The course also has an element of guest lectures from practitioners. It also provides in-depth training in independent academic research and introduces scenario analysis. If resources are available, there can also be study visits in the field, e.g., to conferences and workshops.

  • Learning Platform Canvas

    For this course we use the learning platform Canvas. There you will find all you need, for example the schedule, instructions for seminars, a list of course participants, and notices from the teacher. This is also where you hand in your own work.

    To be able to log into Canvas you need an activated user account (Umu-id).

    Log into Canvas.


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  • 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 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 semester, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but no later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme or course.

    If you will have student housing through the Housing Office at Umeå University 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.

  • 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 a few days before the start of the semester (Autumn) or the same day as the semester starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this semester.

  • Activate your user account

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    • 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 start of the semester.

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    For exchange students
    If you are an exchange student, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.

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  • Get your UmU card

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    • 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.

  • Join a student union

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

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  • Information due to COVID-19

    Since 1 April 2022, COVID-19 is no longer classified as a threat to public health and a danger to society in Sweden. From Autumn semester 2022, no COVID-related measures will be in place at Umeå University.

    Anyone who is ill or has symptoms that could be COVID-19 must still stay at home from work and studies. Unvaccinated individuals have a personal responsibility to maintain distance to others and avoid places that are crowded.

    COVID-19 and the latest news for new students


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