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Swedish for International Students, Beginners’ Course I

Welcome to the course!

How to start

About the course

  • Course setup

    Due to recommendations regarding distancing during the ongoing pandemic, modules that normally would be carried out on campus may be carried out via the learning platform and/or video conferencing tools. Any decisions about this will be made based on the module’s requirements and Umeå University’s priorities.

    The course runs twice a week, (3 hours a week) either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. You choose the day and time that suits you the best by signing up in a group in Moodle after the registration. Lessons are not mandatory. A couple of lessons into the semester it might be possible to switch between groups if it is needed, talk to your teacher first.

    Group 1 Mon/Wed 10: 30-12:00 a.m.
    Teacher Eva Westergren

    Group 2 Mon/Wed 13-14:30 (1-2:30 p.m.)
    Teacher Eva Westergren

    Group 3 Tue/Thu 10:30-12:00 a.m.
    Teacher Christina Sörvåg

    Group 4 Tue/Thu 13-14:30 (1-2:30 p.m.)
    Teacher Christina Sörvåg

  • Book and Learning platform

    The study book that you need is text book "Rivstart A1+A2", Levy Scherrer, Paula; Lindemalm Karl, (2014) the latest version. ISBN 978-91-27-43420-2.

    In this course we will use the learning platform Canvas as a complement to the education. When you register you will get access to it. You log in with your student account. The link to the platform is

    Please do not forget to sign up in a group in Canvas after the registration.

  • Contact information

    Course coordinator Eva Westergren


    Teacher Christina Sörvåg


    Study administrator Emma Strömqvist




New at Umeå University

  • Information due to COVID-19

    Thank you for choosing Umeå University! We really look forward to seeing you. Until October, most of the teaching at the university will take place online. But the library group study rooms and study spaces are open from the start of the semester. Please remember to keep your distance when using these spaces.

    The exact plan for the rest of the autumn semester has not yet been decided. At some point this autumn, we will likely all be able to meet on campus again, but the way back needs to be gradual. The university is planning on reaching a new decision about the autumn semester in mid-August. Unfortunately, we can’t give you any clear information about how your specific education will be affected quite yet. But stay updated through the Student web.

    Changes due to COVID-19

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 term (Autumn) or the same day as the term starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this term.

  • 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.

    Help! It's not working
    If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.

  • Get your UmU card

    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.

  • 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!

  • The website for current students

    The website for current students has all sorts of information about services, support, legal and practical matters at Umeå University. You can sign in to the learning platforms, see your schedule and course overview, register for a course, get a study certificate, apply for a degree or sign up for an examination.

    Student life begins here


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