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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 22 February 2021)


Tuition fee payment Terms and Conditions

Payment of tuition entitles students to certain rights and obligations. The following are the terms and conditions governing the tuition-fee payment. A summarised copy is also sent with the tuition invoice.

Tuition status

Per the Swedish Code of Statutes, SFS 2010:543, all non-EU/EEA citizens are due tuition for studies at higher education level, with few exceptions.

The tuition is invoiced after the student has been assessed to be due tuition per the law, based on the documents provided during the admissions process. The invoice is valid till the student provides documentation proving exemption from paying tuition, if any, per SFS 2010:543.

Payment and deadlines

  • A student due tuition is granted conditional admission; conditional upon payment of tuition.
  • The tuition payment must be received, in full, before the deadline stated on the invoice.
  • The tuition amount corresponds to the course(s) or the study programme student is admitted to.
  • In case of non-payment the student will lose their place in the programme/course.
  • Additionally, payment of tuition in full is required for the Migration Agency of Sweden to process a residence permit application.

Reimbursement of paid tuition

Reimbursement of paid tuition is possible only under the following circumstances, no reimbursement will be approved for applications that don't fulfil these criteria.

  • If the student has been denied a Residence Permit by the Swedish Migration Agency.
  • If the student has a change in status (e.g. granted EU citizenship or residence permit in Sweden for reasons other than studies). Reimbursement is not retroactive and applies only to courses that are not yet completed.
  • If the student has been admitted to a programme that is ranked higher at the University Admissions and therefore is no longer admitted to Umeå University.
  • If the student has a conditional admission and the condition hasn't been waived before the start of the term.
  • If the student has been approved for Early Discontinuation (tidigt studieavbrott).
  • If the student has been approved transfer of credits for the courses within the study programme.
  • If the student has been granted a deferral of admissions by the International Admissions Office.
  • If the student has other extraneous circumstances, that are outside of students control, that hinder participation in studies. Student must provide verifiable documentation with their reimbursement application.

Students who wish to apply for the reimbursement due to any of these reasons must;

  • Inform the International Office, by mail, telephone or letter (preferably before the start of the term)
  • Support their application with documentation in English

Umeå University shall retain 10,000 SEK* of the paid tuition as administrative and bank fees. Should the invoiced tuition be lower than the said amount, a corresponding amount will be deducted.

* In case of a reimbursement for a tuition fee payment for autumn semester 2020 or spring semester 20211, no administrative fee will be retained. This is a temporary exemption due to the situation with COVID-19 at the time of invoicing. The exemption applies solely to tuition fee payments for autumn semester 2020 or spring semester 2021.