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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. 

You can find the programme from Spring term 2019 below. The programme for Autumn term 2019 will be published here when ready.

Spring term programme

Monday 21 January 

12.30–12.45 Welcome from Umeå University
12.45–13.05 Insights into Swedish culture
13.05–13.20 Introduction to the Swedish study system
13.20–13.40 Infocenter, Study Guidance, Student Health Service
13.40-13.45 IKSU Sports Centre
13.45–14.15 Afternoon break
14.15–14.30 City of Umeå
14.30–14.45 Buddy Programme
14.45–14.55 University Library
14.55–15.10 Student Unions
15.10–15.15 Church on Campus

Tuesday 22 January 

18.00 Buddy Programme Opening (Aula Nordica) 
20.30 Mingle event at Rouge

Wednesday 23 January 

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

Saturday 26 January

12.00 Team Building Day (meet at the fountain by Universum Building)
21.00 International Pub at Rex 


Department specific meetings

Some departments arrange meetings for their new international students only, in addition to the Orientation.