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International Business Programme

Hi! My name is Elin von Ahn and I will be your Program Advisor at the International Business Programme (IBP).On this page you will find important information that will be useful, please read it carefully.  I wish you a warm welcome to Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE) and to IBP!

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 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.

  • 2. Register on the programme

    You need to make a online registration to the first course (International Business Administration A) through the site Student Web to be able to follow the program. Online registration in the Student Web opens August 23 and closes August 30. If you do not register in the Student Web by that deadline, you risk losing your seat at the program.

    To be able to sign in to Portalen and register online, you need to have activated your Umu-id account (you can do this in the middle of August).

    1. Activate my Umu-id
    2. Log in to Umeå University student web and register. Here you can find information about how do a Course registration in Portalen

  • 3. Programme start

    Welcome meeting Aug. 25. Lectures start Aug. 30

    Time: According to schedule.

    Welcome meeting
    Due to COVID-19 we will split the program into two group.

    Group 1: 10.00-11.00 a.m. in Lindell Hall 3 in The Social Science Buildning
    Group 2: 11.00-12.00 a.m. in Lindell Hall 3 in The Social Science Buildning

    An e-mail with information about which group you belong to will be sent out in August. Check your e-mail inbox and also your trash inbox as larged group mails might end up there. If you have not received it in the middle of August contact me.

    The first schedule
    The course "International Business Administration A" is a 30 credit course consisting of 4 modules offered one at a time after each other. Each module is 7,5 credit and lasts for 5 weeks. The first module is called "International Business Environment" and the schedule for that module will be published on the schedule webpage (se above) one month prior to the start of the module (that is the 3rd of August). The module starts the 30th of August.

    "Inspark" (=Kick-Off)
    After the welcome meeting on 25th of August USBEs' student association (HHUS) will take over for the "Kick-Off" which will take place during the rest of the week.
    These days are a great opportunity for you to get to know other students and to learn your way around Umeå and the university. The event is optional, and not mandatory. However if you cannot participate you must inform me! Schedule for the "Kick-Off" will be available on HHUS's website in July.
    Due to COVID-19 the Kick-Off will be splitt up in groups of 50 people or less in accordance with the The Public Health recommendations.

    International Orientation
    The International Office at Umeå University will arrange an online
    Orientation Course for international students starting 25th of August.
    It is recommended that all international students attend it.
    The schedule for that will be found here.


About the programme

  • Information about your first course

    In autumn you will start with the course International Business Administration A IBP, 30 credits. Your will study the course from the 30th of August until the 16th of January. This is the 1st semester of the program.

    The course syllabus for your first course, including course literature, is available at course syllabus search which you find here. Enter the course code 2FE212 to find the syllabus. 

    Umeå University student webb; Here you will find general information for students at Umeå University.

    The Business School student webb; The Business School has gathered specific information for Business students on our own student webb. Here you may find information about schedules, exams, internship, thesis, degrees and career. 
    You will also find contact information to all of us that work with student support at the Business School so please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

    Contact information to me, Elin von Ahn, your Program Advisor
    will be presented here just before I return from my maternity leave the 16th of August.
    In the mean time please turn to my colleague André Gyllenram.The response time will be a bit longer during the summer due to summer vacations. Thank you for your understanding.  
    André has an automatically genereated reply connected to his e-mail adresses and in that mail there is a lot of information.
    You can reach him on phone number: 090-786 61 43 from the 9th of August until I am back.

    During the summer you can also contact the Infocenter at Umeå university. It will be open all summer. Either write your question in the contact form below or call them at +46 (0)90 786 50 00.

  • Transfer of credits

    If you have previous studies that you wish to transfer within the programme then it is very important that you contact me as soon as possible before the program starts. We will then have a look if a transfer would be possible.

  • Other information

    Course and program platform
    For all the modules in this course we use the course platform Canvas.

    There you will find all the information you need for each module for example schedule, assignment instructions, list of course participants  and messages from the teacher.
    You log into Canvas with your activated Umu-id at Umeå University student webb.
    The canvas page of the module is publiched in Canvas at the latest the day the modul starts.

    The International Business Program has also a special program page in Canvas. There I will post important information that concerns the whole program.

    It is important that you start looking for housing immediately. It is very difficult to find housing on short notice. The best way is to create an account at it is free to create a personal page and you start to accumulate queue-time from the first day that you create a personal page. There are also other options, see here.

    Student grants (for Swedish students)
    If you are entitled to apply for the study grant from CSN (studiemedel) then we recommend that you apply for a full year each time, i.e. autumn and spring semester. Apply for the period 20210830-20220605.

    USBE=Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics
    For more information please see student web of USBE . Click on the menu in the upper right hand corner to find more information.

    A summer call from a student at USBE
    During the summer Cornelia, a student from the International Business Programme, will call all admitted students. She will be able to answer your questions about how it is to be a student in the programme. She will be calling from number +46 (0)720-138334, you can reach her by email: or by phone. 


New at Umeå University

  • Information due to COVID-19

    From 30 September, most of the previous COVID measures are lifted – welcome back to campus! However, things will not go back to normal straight away. For instance, some parts of your education may still take place online and it is still important to maintain distance to others for some time yet.

    The return to campus is gradual, and your education is unlikely to be back to normal straight away. Since the return to campus is planned by those responsible for your education, you will receive more detailed information regarding your studies from your department.

    Summary of things to keep in mind

  • 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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