Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 17 June 2020)

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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 term.

Film: Swedish Study System
Swedish Study System
Film: University Library
University Library
Film: Umeå University Chaplaincy
Umeå University Chaplaincy

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 Autumn term 2020 starts on Wednesday 26 August.

The term starts Monday 31 August. 

Under current circumstances the Orientation for international students won’t be carried out as usual, in order to follow the guidelines on social distancing. With that said, we still have prepared the Orientation for you to get all the answers and support you need as a new international student at Umeå University and get to know new people.

At this webpage we have prepared some films for you to watch (we will update this page with more films in August), to better get an understanding of your coming student life at Umeå University and how things work here. You can watch them any time you like.

We will also offer three digital events (in Zoom) where you will get to know more about student life at Umeå University and to be able to ask all questions you might have.

The digital events will run Wednesday – Friday 26-28 August, each with a separate theme. You can join all of them if you like. 


Wednesday 26 August, 13.30-14.30
Welcome to Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

Thursday 27 August, 13.30-14.30
Studies at Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide 

Friday 28 August, 13.30-14.30
Things to do in Umeå – student and city life – a newcomer’s guide

More information and sign up for the events will be available here in August.