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Orientation for new international students

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.

Orientation Spring semester 2024

Orientation for new international students Spring semester 2024 will take place on Tuesday 16 January from 15:00-17:00 in Aula Nordica (Campus Umeå).

We will also offer a pre-arrival webinar on Wednesday 10 January between 15:00 and 16:30. Sign up for the webinar below.

Recommended arrival day

For those of you renting with the University Accommodation Service, preliminary recommended arrival day is Sunday 14 January. Information about arriving and moving in when renting from the University Accommodation Service

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 highly recommend you to take part in the Orientation programme. 

Orientation Programme Spring 2024

Pre-arrival webinar - Wednesday, 10 January

A digital event (in Zoom) that focuses on preparing for your arrival and getting to know more about the Swedish study system and good-to-know about studies here at Umeå University.

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, 10 January between 15:00–16:30. Register for the webinar here.

Welcome to Umeå University and the city of Umeå, Tuesday, 16 January, 15:00–17:00 (CET)

Welcome to an afternoon in Aula Nordica on Campus Umeå, together with other new international students. No need to sign up, just come and meet us!

The programme starts at 15:00 and runs until 17:00. If you are available from 14:30, please come join us for a fika just before the programme starts. 

This website will be updated with the programme for the spring semester 2024. Meanwhile, you can see the programme from the autumn semester 2023 below.   

Programme autumn semester 2023: 

  • Welcome from the University Management
  • The Student Health Services and the University Chaplaincy
  • Safety and security on campus
  • The student unions
  • IKSU Sport
  • Insights into Swedish culture
  • The University Library
  • City of Umeå by Visit Umeå
  • The Buddy Programme
  • Other frequently asked questions

Social activities (several dates)

Social activities during Orientation, for all new international students, is organised by the Buddy Programme coordinator.

This website will be updated with activities as soon as the plans are set. 

Buddy Programme on Facebook.

Buddy Programme on Instagram.

Departmental meetings

Some departments organise meetings with students ahead of the start of the semester. If your department holds such a meeting, you will receive information by email.

Swedish Study System
University Library
The Student Health Service
IT Services
Latest update: 2023-11-16