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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 to 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 to take part in the Orientation.

The Orientation Autumn term 2019 starts on Wednesday 28 August with a programme in Aula Nordica (main Campus).

Recommended arrival days for new international students are Monday-Tuesday 26-27 August.

The term starts 2 September.

You can find the programme for the Orientation below.

Wednesday 28 August 

13.00 Welcome from Umeå University
13.20 Introduction to the Swedish study system
13.50 IKSU
14.00 Infocenter, Study Guidance, Student Health Service
14.10 University Library 
14.15 Afternoon break
14.45 Buddy Programme
15.00 Insights into Swedish culture
15.20 Student Unions
15.30 Church on Campus
15.35 City of Umeå

15.45 Campus race

20.00 Mingle event at Rouge

Thursday 29 August 

13.00 City challenge (meet in Aula Nordica) 

Tuesday 3 September   

18.00 Buddy Programme opening 

20.00 Evening activity

Thursday 5 September

17.00 Photo Scavenger Hunt (meet at the fountain by Universum Building)

Saturday 7 September

12.00 Team Building Day (meet at the fountain by Universum Building)

21.30 Evening activity - International Pub  


Department specific meetings

Some departments arrange meetings for their new international students only, in addition to the Orientation. If you cannot find your department below and have not received iformation about a specific meeting by e-mail - show up for your first lecture.

Tuesday 27 August

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics
14.00, lecture hall G in the Humanities Building (Humanisthuset).

For all international Master's programmes students in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Business Development, Economics, Statistical Sciences. Students of the International Business Program and exchange students studying courses in Business, Economics and Statistics.

Thursday 29 August 

Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EMG)
10.00-11.00, KBG501 in the KBC Building (KBC-huset)

Department of Geography
10.30-12.00, S316 in the Social Sciences Building (Samhällsvetarhuset).

For all international students studying Master's Programme in Tourism, Spatial planning and development, Human Geography with specialisation in GIS, or other courses at the department. 

Department of Language studies
10.15-11.45, HB213 in the Humanities Building (Humanisthuset). 

Department of Physics
9.00–11.00, N300 in the Natural Science Building (Naturvetarhuset).
Meeting with physics exchange students.

Friday 30 August 

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
10.00-16.00, room A on the 9th floor in the Dentistry Building (Tandläkarhuset). Introduction day for Master of Public Health Programme students.

Department of Physics
9.30–11.30, Bottenhavet, 2nd Floor, Physics Building (Fysikhuset).
Meeting with international students starting the Master’s Programme in Physics.

Thursday 5 September 

Department of Social work
10.00-12.00, in S209, Social Sciences Building (Samhällsvetarhuset).