When you have been admitted to one of our partner universities or if you have organised studies abroad on your own, don’t wait until the last minute with preparations. On this page you will find a checklist of things to keep in mind before you pack your bags.
Before you go
Apply for financial aid for studies
To be eligible for financial aid to study abroad, you must meet special requirements. Normally, only Swedish citizens are entitled to student aid for studies outside Sweden. However, CSN may make an exception from this rule for EEA nationals and their relatives.
If you go as an exchange student through Erasmus+, Nordplus, North2North and Linnaeus-Palme, you can apply for a scholarship from the program to cover extra expenses during your study period. Information on how to apply for a scholarship can be found on each program's website:
Many of our partner universities assist exchange students in finding accommodation. What kind of help you can get and what rules apply differ between countries and universities.
Usually you can find information on the host university's website. You can also contact the international contact person at your department, or the International Office if you go through a university-wide agreement, who might have information on how former exchange students have arranged accommodation.
If you have arranged studies abroad on your own, you should turn directly to the foreign college or university to get advice on finding accommodation.
Fill out a contact form
If you go through a departmental or faculty-based agreement, fill out a Contact form and submit it to your department. This is so the University are able to contact your family if something should happen to you during your stay abroad.
Apply for a visa or residence permit
Do you need to apply for a visa or a residence permit? The processing can take time so make sure you find out as soon as possible. You turn directly to the country's embassy or consulate here in Sweden. Remember that if you are to apply for a visa you must apply for a student visa, not a tourist visa. You must have been admitted to the foreign university or college before you apply.
If you attend on exchange studies you are insured via the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency's (Kammarkollegiet) insurance called Student UT. It includes both personal injury and travel protection.
You are responsible for determining whether the Student OUT is sufficient or whether you need to take out your own insurance policy. Student OUT
If you go outside an exchange agreement you have to take out your own insurance policy.
Prepare to transfer your credits
If you study abroad as an exchange student, you should be able to transfer your credits from the host university to your education at Umeå University. If you have organised your studies abroad on your own, you can also apply to have your credits transferred.
Consult your study counsellor or programme coordinator before you go
You may need to find courses at the host institution which corresponds to the courses you would have studied at Umeå University. If you study abroad during a so-called mobility window, you are not limited to a specific subject or level of education, but you should still discuss your course choices with your study counsellor or programme coordinator at your department.
Are you going as an Erasmus+ student?
Then you should complete a Learning Agreement. In this document, you and your study counsellor or programme coordinator agree on which courses you should study abroad.
If you want or need to change a course during your studies abroad, it is important that you contact your study counsellor or programme coordinator so that they accept your change of course.
Apply to transfer your credits
Once you have completed your studies abroad, you must apply to have your credits accredited. Your credits are not transferred automatically.