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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.

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. 

Orientation autumn 2021 consists of three parts:

  • a series of short films on this website
  • three digital events (in Zoom) 25-27 August
  • social activities, organised by the Buddy Programme. More information will be presented during the webinar on 25 August, posted on the Buddy Programme Facebook page and sent by email to those who have signed up to the Buddy Programme.

Orientation Programme webinars

The three Orientation webinars each has a separate theme. You have the chance to get to know more about studies and student life at Umeå University, the city of Umeå and ask questions.

Sign up via this link to the Orientation Programme webinars 2021. 

Wednesday 25 August, 13.00-14.30 - Welcome to Umeå University

Welcome to Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

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

Thursday 26 August, 13.00-14.00 - Studies at Umeå University

Studies at Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

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

Friday 27 August, 13.00-14.15 - Things to do in Umeå

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

Did you miss the Orientation webinars?

You can watch recordings of them.
Wednesday 25 August
Thursday 26 August
Friday 27 August

Swedish Study System
University Library
The Student Health Service
IT Services