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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 6 May 2021)



Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design

Before you begin the enrolment and registration process, there are some important things you need to do before classes begin. We have listed here what needs to be done and when. If you cannot find the answers to your questions, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will respond promptly. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå.

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    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 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 course. Online registration is open between August 24 and August 31. If you do not register by August 31 at the latest, you risk losing your place (seat) at the programme.

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

    I want to activate my Umu-id

    Course registration at the student website

    I have an activated Umu-id and forgot my password


  • 3. Programme start

    Monday, August 31

    Time: To be confirmed

    The academic year at Umeå School of Architecture starts off with an introduction meeting. We will send out more information in a separate email in good time before the start of the semester. Check your email regularly the weeks before the semester starts. 

    We are currently planning for a combination of online and on-site teaching. Therefore you are expected to be in Umeå when the course starts and during the semester. 

    A schedule for the first weeks of the term will be published on our website 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 by sending an e-mail to


About the programme

  • Programme information

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

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

  • 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.

  • Vertical Workshop

    The term starts off with a joint workshop for all students and teachers at the School of Architecture. You will work in teams together with students from different years. Each year we explore a current issue relating to aspects of sustainability and the local context. 

    Due to the current situation the workshop will most likely be held online. To be able to follow the workshop you need to have access to a computer and internet. 

    The workshop is an important part of the school's collaboration with other institutions and the surrounding community. It is also a good opportunity for new students to get to know the school and the city. This year's theme, groups and assignment will be presented on the first day of the term.


New at Umeå University

  • Information due to COVID-19

    The pandemic has caused an uncertainty regarding how teaching and examination can be carried out in the near future, and we ask for your understanding in not being able to give you promises on how you will conduct your studies during your stay in Umeå. The university takes the health and safety of our students and staff seriously and we adapt our activities based upon the current spread of infection. This means that parts of your studies may take place online. Our priority is to ensure high quality education and provide access to campus to those activities that must be conducted in person.

    The best way to stay updated and learn how your studies may be affected is on the student web.

    Find out more

  • 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 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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