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Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure to inform that you have been admitted to the Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design at Umeå University. On this page you will find important information that will be useful, so please read it carefully. If you have any questions, you can use the contact form below. 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

    You need to be registered for the courses in the study documentation system to be able to follow the courses and to get your results recorded during the courses. Online registration in Portalen is open between August 27 and September 3. If you do not register in Portalen by September 3 at the latest, you risk losing your place (seat).

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

    I want to activate my Umu-id

    Course registration in Portalen

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  • 3. Course start


    The academic year at Umeå School of Architecture starts off with an introduction meeting where you will meet the other students and staff. We will meet in the theatre at the School of Architecture at 10 AM on the 3rd of September 2018.


    A schedule for the first weeks of the fall semester will be available on our website at least four weeks before the start of the semester.

    Are you unable to attend?

    If you are unable to attend the introduction meeting, please notify us.


About the course

  • Programme information

    For updated information about the programme, please visit our website:

    Umeå School of Architecture: Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design

  • Welcome to Umeå School of Architecture

    We are pleased that you have decided to study at Umeå School of Architecture (UMA). We hope that you will find that you have made the right choice to gain skills for your future life. We also hope that you will enjoy your time and studies here at Umeå University!

    The school is characterised by a vision to work on both local and global contexts. We are located in the north of Sweden, in a rural and relatively sparsely populated region, in a time of extensive globalisation. Our teachers come from within the region as well as from other parts of the world, something that open possibilities for a broad and diverse perspective.

    Our aim is to educate future architects that can work for social change, towards a sustainable society, departing from an ethical approach to the profession. We want to educate architects that in their profession are characterized by a social responsibility towards the world they operate in.

    Umeå School of Architecture was founded in 2009 and presently has about 250 students in first and second-cycle courses. We are a part of Umeå Arts Campus, a creative environment for research, education and events within architecture, art and design.


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

  • 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 before the start of each term.

    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.

  • 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


  • 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 Cambro and Moodle 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


Contact us

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