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Master's Programme in Human Geography with specialisation in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

You have been admitted to the programme at Umeå University. If you have any questions regarding your programme, please read further down on this site. You will find our contact information at the end of this letter. We wish you a warm welcome to the course and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå!

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About the programme

  • Master's Programme in Human Geography with specialisation in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

    The programme offers the opportunity to develop skills and abilities in geographical information systems (GIS). To be eligible to the programme you must have a bachelor degree of at least 180 ECTS, or similar internationally recognized degree, including at least 15 ECTS in GIS. The main aim of the programme is to provide advanced skills and abilities in GIS.

    The programme will prepare students for professional positions in state agencies and municipal functions as well as the private sector. It will also grant basic eligibility for doctorate studies. The programme can advance students´ position in the labour market and it provides a possibility to further develop knowledge in human geography in combination with GIS.

    The programme runs for two semesters, 60 ECTS altogether. Under the heading Outline the courses that make up the programme are presented. Courses are taken in the order that the outline presents, however the specific order can be changed. All courses are full time courses. For information on how individual courses are set up see the different course syllabi. The programme is taught in English.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    For exchange students
    If you are an exchange student, you will receive information on arrival about how to activate your account.

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    • 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.

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  • 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.

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