Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 31 March 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.

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Swedish Study System
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University Library
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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 2020 starts on Wednesday 26 August with a programme in Aula Nordica (main Campus).

Recommended arrival days for new international students are Monday or Tuesday 24-25 August.  

The term starts Monday 31 August. 

You can find the programme for the Orientation Spring 2020, as well as department specific meetings, below. This webpage will be updated with the Autumn term programme when set. 

Monday 20 January

13.00–16.00, Aula Nordica 
Welcome from Umeå University
Insights into Swedish culture 
IKSU Sport
University Library 
Introduction to the Swedish study system 
14.30–15.00 Afternoon break
Infocenter, Study Guidance, Student Health Service
Buddy Programme
Student Unions
University Chaplaincy
City of Umeå

Tuesday 21 January

18.00 Buddy Programme Opening in Aula Nordica
20.00 Mingle at Rouge

Wednesday 22 January

10.00 - 14.30 Student Welcome Fair, Universum

17.00 Campus Race (meet in Hörsal G, Humanisthuset)

Thursday 23 January

17.00 Photo Scavenger Hunt (meet in Hörsal G, Humanisthuset)

Saturday 1 February

12.00 Team Challenge Day (meet by the fountain)
21.00 First International Pub at O’Learys

Department specific meetings

School of Architecture
Welcome meeting for new incoming exchange students to “Architecture, Term 4” and “Architecture and Urban Design, Term 8”. 
When: Monday 20 January, 8.00 
Where: Seminar Room 3, Arkitekthögskolan (School of Architecture).

Department of Languages
Meeting with new exchange students within Language Studies
When: Monday 20 January, 11.00–12.00
Where: HB201, Humanisthuset (Humanities Building) 

Department of Physics
Information meeting for new exchange students studying Physics.
: Tuesday 21 January, 15.15–16.15 
Where: NA310, Naturvetarhuset (Natural Science Building)

Umeå Institute of Design 
For exchange students at Umeå Institute of Design. 
When: Monday 20 January, 8.30–9.00
Where: Black Room, Designhögskolan (Umeå Institute of Design).

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)
Welcome meeting and info session for all incoming exchange students at USBE.
When: Tuesday 21 January, 13.00
Where: S206, Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Sciences Building)