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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 Autumn semester 2024

A welcome programme for new international students Autumn semester 2024 will take place on Wednesday 28 August during the afternoon in Aula Nordica (Campus Umeå) and a pre-arrival webinar online on Wednesday 21 august. 

Sign up to the pre-arrival webinar

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 Autumn semester 2024

Pre-arrival webinar - Wednesday, 21 August

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 will take place on Wednesday, 21 August between 15:00–17:00.

Sign up for the pre-arrival webinar here.

Welcome/Orientation day, Wednesday, 28 August, 13:00–16:30 (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 13:00 and runs until 16:30. 

Programme Autumn semester 2024: 

  • Welcome from the University Management
  • Welcome to the City of Umeå, by Visit Umeå
  • The Student Health Services and the University Chaplaincy
  • Safety and security on campus
  • IKSU Sport
  • Fika break
  • Insights into Swedish culture
  • The University Library
  • The student unions
  • How to recycle in Sweden
  • 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.

Preliminary programme for the Autumn semester:

  • Campus Race, 31st of August

  • City Challenge, 1st September

  • Buddy Programme Opening, early September (date to be decided)
  • Team building and first international pub, early September (date to be decided).

Buddy Programme on Facebook.

Study in Umea (including 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: 2024-07-02