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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 before the start of each term.

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 Autumn term 2018 Orientation will be held 29 August. Programme is to be announced.

Orientation Programme Spring term 2018

  • Monday 15 January

    Lecture Hall A, Social Sciences Building

    13.00–13.25   Welcome from Umeå University
    13.25–13.35    Information from your coordinators' at the International Office
    13.35–14.00   Infocenter, Study Guidance, Student Health Service
    14.00–14.05   Church on Campus
    14.05–14.15    Short Break
    14.15–14.25    Buddy Programme
    14.25–14.40   Swedish study system
    14.40–14.55   Insights into Swedish culture
    14.55–15.30   Break
    15.30–15.45   International Housing Office
    15.45–16.10    University Library
    16.10–16.30   Student Unions

    Department specific meetings

    08.00   Umeå School of Architecture
                Seminar room 3, Arts Campus

    08.30   Umeå Institute of Design, UID
                Meet at the entrance to UID, Arts Campus

  • Tuesday 16 January

    Lecture Hall A, Social Sciences Building

    18.00   Buddy Programme Opening
    19.00   Pub night at All Star

    Department specific meetings

    13.00–14.30   Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics
                          S207, Social Sciences Building

    15.15–16.30    Human Geography
                           S313, Social Sciences Building

  • Wednesday 17 January

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

    Department specific meetings

    10-12   Social Work
                S313, Social Sciences Building

  • Saturday 20 January

    12.00–16.00   Team Building Day
                          (meet by the fountain next to the Universum Building)

    21.00             International Pub at Rex


Some departments will meet with their students before lectures start. If your department is not in the Orientation programme - show up for your first lecture!