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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 6 May 2021)



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 or on the same day as the semester starts.

Swedish Study System
University Library
The Student Health Services
IT Services
Umeå University Chaplaincy
Buddy Programme

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 during COVID-19

the Orientation for international students is adjusted to current guidelines on social distancing and will be arranged online. We have prepared the Orientation for you to get all the answers and support you need as a new international student at Umeå University.

The Orientation Autumn 2021 will start on Wednesday 25 August. 

This year's Orientation consists of three parts:

  • a series of short films at this website (you can watch them whenever you like)
  • a series of digital events (in Zoom) to better get an understanding of your coming student life at Umeå University and how things work here.
  • social digital activities, organised by the Buddy Programme. More information will be presented during the Zoom webinar on Wednesday 25 August and posted on the Buddy Programme Facebook page. Information will also be emailed to anyone who has registered to the Programme.

Orientation Programme

The first three digital events (in Zoom) will be webinars which runs from Wednesday – Friday 25-27 August, each with a separate theme. You have the chance to get to know more about studies and student life at Umeå University and ask questions. Below you can see the programme from last semester. This coming autumn semester it will be a similar schedule. As soon as the programme for the autumn is decided we will publish it here. 

Day 1, 12.00-13.30 (last semester's schedule)

Welcome to Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

  • Welcome from the University Management
  • Insights into Swedish Culture
  • Basics for your studies - tips from current students
  • Student services at Infocenter
  • Safety and security on campus, including COVID19 adjustments
  • Good to know for incoming exchange students and tuition-fee-paying students
  • Buddy Programme 

Day 2, 12.00-13.00 (last semester's schedule)

Studies at Umeå University – a newcomer’s guide

  • Introduction to the Swedish study system
  • The Student Health Services
  • The University Chaplaincy
  • The University Library 

Day 3, 12.00-13.00 (last semester's schedule)

Things to do in Umeå – student and city life – a newcomer’s guide

  • The city of Umeå – Visit Umeå
  • The student unions
  • Tips from current students about other associations and things to do in Umeå
  • IKSU Sport