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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 26 February 2021)



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 just before the start of each semester or on the same day as the semester starts.

Film: Swedish Study System
Swedish Study System
Film: University Library
University Library
Film: The Student Health Services
The Student Health Services
Film: IT Services
IT Services
Film: Umeå University Chaplaincy
Umeå University Chaplaincy
Film: Buddy Programme
Buddy Programme
Film: Buddy Programme presentation
Buddy Programme presentation

Presentation of the Buddy Programme held Monday 18 January during the Orientation.

The Orientation consists of a series of lectures and activities that are designed to help you become acquainted with life in Umeå and studies at our university. It also offers a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. We strongly recommend that you arrive in time for the Orientation.

The Orientation during COVID-19

Under current circumstances the Orientation for international students will be arranged online, in order to follow the guidelines on social distancing. We have prepared the Orientation for you to get all the answers and support you need as a new international student at Umeå University. The Orientation Spring semester 2021 will start on Monday 18 January, the same day as the semester starts. 

This year's Orientation consists of three parts:

  • a series of short films at this website (you can watch them whenever you like)
  • a series of digital events (in Zoom) to better get an understanding of your coming student life at Umeå University and how things work here.
  • social digital activities, organised by the Buddy Programme. The Buddy Programme Opening will be held 20 January. More information will be presented during the Zoom webinar on Monday, 18 January and posted on the Buddy Programme Facebook page.

Orientation Programme

The first three digital events (in Zoom) will be webinars which runs from Monday – Wednesday 18-20 January at lunch time, each with a separate theme. You have the chance to get to know more about studies and student life at Umeå University and ask questions.

Sign up for the the webinars 18-20 January

Monday 18 January, 12.00-13.30

Welcome to Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

  • Welcome from the University Management
  • Insights into Swedish Culture
  • Basics for your studies - tips from current students
  • Student services at Infocenter
  • Safety and security on campus, including COVID19 adjustments
  • Good to know for incoming exchange students and tuition-fee-paying students
  • Buddy Programme 

Tuesday 19 January, 12.00-13.00

Studies at Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

  • Introduction to the Swedish study system
  • The Student Health Services
  • The University Chaplaincy
  • The University Library 

Wednesday 20 January, 12.00-13.00

Things to do in Umeå – student and city life – a newcomer’s guide

  • The city of Umeå – Visit Umeå
  • The student unions
  • Tips from current students about other associations and things to do in Umeå
  • IKSU Sport

Department specific meetings 

Tuesday 19 January 

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, 13.00-14.00 (CET). Welcome meeting for new incoming exchange students.  A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to students nominated to studies at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics. 

Wednesday 20 January

School of Architecture, 13.00 (CET). Meeting with new international students. Students who will study Architecture will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.