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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 Spring semester 2023

Orientation for new international students Spring semester 2023 will take place on 10 January 15.00-16.30 (webinar) and Tuesday 17 January, 15.00-16.30, in Aula Nordica (Campus Umeå). This webpage will be updated with the Spring semester programme no later than December.

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.

Orientation Programme

Pre arrival webinar - Thursday 18 August, 15:00-16:30 (CET)

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.

Welcome to Umeå University and the city of Umeå, Thursday 25 August, 13:00-16:00 (CET)

Welcome to an afternoon in Aula Nordica, Campus Umeå, with hundreds of new international students.

The programme: 

  • Welcome from the University Management
  • The Student Health Services
  • The University Chaplaincy
  • Safety and security on campus
  • The student unions
  • Follow up questions regarding studies at Umeå University
  • IKSU Sport
  • BREAK (14:00-14:30)
  • Insights into Swedish Culture
  • The University Library
  • City of Umeå
  • Good to know for incoming exchange students and tuition-fee-paying students
  • The Buddy Programme 

Social activities (several dates)

Social activities during Orientation, for all new international students, is organised by the Buddy Programme.

Friday 26 August
Campus Race (meet at the fountain by the Universum building). Information via mail.

Saturday 27 August – 14:00
City Challenge (meet at the fountain by the Universum building).

Wednesday 31 August – 17:30
Buddy Programme Opening (Aula Nordica).

Thursday 1 September – 20:00
First international pub (Rouge, Ålidhem)

Saturday 3 September - 15:00
Brännboll Tournament (Campusängarna)

Monday 5 September - 15:30
Bus Tour with Umeå Municipality (meet at Universum)

More activities may be added to the programme. Please check the Buddy Programme Facebook page for updated information.  

Buddy Programme on Facebook

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