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Exchange studies in Europe

You can study or do an internship in Europe by participating in the exchange programmes Erasmus+ or Nordplus. Both programmes offer a scholarship for your stay abroad. If you study abroad as an exchange student, you do not pay tuition fee to the host university and you can bring your study aid.

Exchange places within Nordlys

The application for the university-wide exchange places within Nordlys for spring semester 2022 is now open. The last application date is 13 September, 2021. More information and link to the application can be found further down on this page.

For information regarding exchange places within Nordplus or Erasmus +, please contact your department.

Most exchange agreements in Europe are signed at departmental or faculty level, which means you should turn to the international contact person at your department, programme or faculty to get more information about the exchange opportunities available and how to apply.

There are a few exchange places in Europe that are open to almost all students, regardless of which department they belong to.

Study in Europe/EEA through Erasmus+

As an Erasmus student, you study full-time at a college or university in another European country, for a period of 3–12 months, on the same conditions as local students. You can study or do a traineeship within Erasmus+ on a total of 12 months for each bachelor, master and doctoral level. You can get a scholarship from the programme for your studies abroad.

Your exchange studies should be accredited by Umeå University.

Brexit and studies in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom left the EU 1 February 2020. If you are granted an exchange place to the United Kingdom for the autumn semester 2021, or the spring semester 2022, you can still apply for a scholarship as long as there are funds left.

The rules for EU citizens are revised starting January 2021. If you are an EU citizen, not currently residing in the UK, you need to apply for a student visa for studies longer than 6 months. If you are going to study for less than 6 months, you can use the visitor route. More information about student visas can be found at: Student visa

Eligibility

You must be able to transfer the credits from your studies abroad, to Umeå University.

If you apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship you cannot uphold another scholarship during your studies abroad from EU or the Swedish Council for Higher Education. You can also not be granted a scholarship if you have been on Erasmus exchange or training for 12 months in the same level of study, including the study period you are applying for.

To be eligible for a scholarship from Erasmus+ you must:

  • Be registered as a student at Umeå University.
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time studies at higher education institution, before departure.
  • pursue studies leading to a recognised degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification.
  • Live at the study destination during the exchange period.
  • Study abroad for at least 90 days and a maximum of 12 months (you must study in the host country for at least 90 days to get a scholarship).

You can read more about the requirements for traineeship here:
Traineeship abroad

Application for Erasmus+

Department and Faculty linked exchange places

If you want to go on an exchange to a partner university that your department or faculty has an agreement with, contact your international contacts to get information on how to apply and when the deadline is. Usually the application deadline is in the spring, from January to March, but it varies between departments.

University-wide exchange places

A few exchange places within Erasmus+ are open to all students, no matter which department they belong to. The places are at:

  • Würzburg University in Germany (German Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)
  • Keele University in the United Kingdom.

The last application date for applying for exchange studies via the university-wide Erasmus agreements for the academic year 2021/2022 was March 1, 2021

Mandatory enclosures required with your application:

  • Statement of Purpose – in English (i.e. a letter of motivation, why you wish to study at your chosen universities, what you expect to gain from the studies etc.). Use this template.
  • Documented language skills in the language of instruction (for Swedish speaking students, Scandinavian languages are exempt), such as upper secondary school diploma. For English, the requirements are the equivalent of three years of study at upper secondary school. You should either have:
    • minimum grade of VG (pass with credit) in upper secondary course A, or a minimum grade of B in upper secondary course 5
    • or minimum grade of G (pass) in upper secondary course B, or a minimum grade of C from upper secondary course 6
    • or minimum grade of E from upper secondary course 7
    • or a valid language test which meets with the CEFR B2 level
    • For international students at programmes instructed in English at Umu, a copy of the proof of English proficiency submitted with the application to the programme is sufficient.
  • Official Transcript of Records. An up to date excerpt (pdf) from Ladok showing the courses you have been registered to as well as your grades, a so-called result certificate.

Please note that due to Brexit, there is no guarantee that you can receive an Erasmus scholarship for an exchange to Keele University during the academic year 2021/2022.

Apply for a scholarship

If you are assigned an Erasmus+ exchange place, you can apply for a scholarship through the International Office. The scholarship amounts to a sum between 400–460 euro per month.

The international contact person at your department or study programme must inform the International Office that you have been assigned an exchange place.

You will then receive an invitation by e-mail to Umeå University's Cambro page for Erasmus scholarships. On the Canvas page you will find more information about how to submit your scholarship application. Your application must be complete before you begin your exchange. For students who are going on an exchange during the autumn semester, the application for an Erasmus scholarship usually opens at the beginning of June, while for students who are going on an exchange during a spring semester, the application usually opens at the beginning of November.

Additional funds if you have a disability

If you have a disability, you can be granted additional funds from the Erasmus+ programme to cover costs for special needs, such as transportation, adapted housing and preparatory sign language course. If you want more information, e-mail erasmusstipendium@umu.se

Additional funds if you travel with children

If you have children who accompany you, you may receive additional funds of EUR 200 per month.

To apply, contact erasmusstipendium@umu.se

Study in the Nordic or Baltic countries through Nordplus

Nordplus is a network of universities and colleges in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Within Nordplus, you can study or do an internship in another Nordic or Baltic country for a period of 1–12 months. If you can only study abroad for a short period, there is the possibility of a short exchange, from 5 days up to a month, through the so-called express mobility.

To be eligible for an exchange place within Nordplus, you must

  • study on basic or advanced level.
  • have completed at least a year of your education at Umeå University before departure (the exception is students studying on a joint master's program).
  • live at the study destination during the exchange period.
  • write a travel report after the exchange that describe your experiences abroad.

Application for Nordplus

Subject-specific networks

If you want to apply through a subject specific network that your department is part of, contact the international contact person at the department to find out more about how to apply and when the deadline is.

Inter-disciplinary network (Nordlys)

If your department is not in a Nordplus network, you can apply for an exchange place through the interdisciplinary network, Nordlys, which is open to all students of Umeå University. The application period for the spring semester 2022 is now open. Last day to apply is 13 September, 2021.

Mandatory enclosures required with your application:

  • Statement of Purpose – in English (i.e. a letter of motivation, why you wish to study at your chosen universities, what you expect to gain from the studies etc.). Use this template.
  • Documented language skills in the language of instruction (for Swedish speaking students, Scandinavian languages are exempt), such as upper secondary school diploma. For English, the requirements are the equivalent of three years of study at upper secondary school. You should either have: 
    • minimum grade of VG (pass with credit) in upper secondary course A, or a minimum grade of B in upper secondary course 5
    • or minimum grade of G (pass) in upper secondary course B, or a minimum grade of C from upper secondary course 6
    • or minimum grade of E from upper secondary course 7
    • or a valid language test which meets with the CEFR B2 level
    • For international students at programmes instructed in English at Umu, a copy of the proof of English proficiency submitted with the application to the programme is sufficient.
  • Official Transcript of Records. An up to date excerpt (pdf) from Ladok showing the courses you have been registered to as well as your grades, a so-called result certificate.

Read more about the participating universities on Nordlys website.

Welcome with your application. Last day to apply is September 13, 2021.

Manual for seeking exchange.