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Exchange studies outside Europe

Apply for exchange studies in Australia, India, Japan, Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan or the United States. Get to know a country and a culture. Make friends for life. Challenge yourself and gain invaluable experience. What are you waiting for?

Announcement of exchange places outside of Europe for the academic year 2022/2023

The application will open 15 October and last day to apply is 15 November. Number of exchange places for the academic year 2022/2023 will be published in October.

Where can you go?

Manual for seeking exchange.

If you have questions related to exchange studies via the university-wide exchange agreements, you are welcome to contact us at the International Office via email (

Prior to your application


The university-wide agreements are open to all students from all faculties with a few exceptions. You can apply if you study at the undergraduate or graduate level.

To be eligible for an exchange place through the university-wide agreements you must:

  • be registered at Umeå University at the time of your application or have an approved leave from studies during the year you apply.
  • have completed at least 15 ECTS at Umeå University when you submit your application to the International Office.
  • have completed at least 60 ECTS at Umeå University before departure.
  • study performance over 75% at Umeå University, i.e. no more than 25% unfinished courses.
  • plan your exchange studies in consultation with your department so you can have your credits transferred to your study programme. 
  • have 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.
  • For other documented language skills, please see the Universidad de Guanajuato page for Spanish and the Université de Montréal for French.

Application, step by step

Step 1: Get to know the universities you want to apply for

Have a look at the course offering at all universities you are applying for (maximum 4). Be attentive to possible restrictions in the agreement and the number of exchange places open to apply for. Please note that students enrolled in so called direct master programmes (such as Master of Business Administration or Master of Engineering students studying in a 4- or 5-year programme) may have problems enrolling in graduate level courses unless they have completed a bachelor's degree before the exchange. More information about the universities, and how many places are available can be found at

Where can you go?

Step 2: Choose courses

You are expected to study full time (equivalent to 30 ECTS). Regarding the number of credits, you should rely on the recommendations from Umeå University, the foreign university does not have knowledge about the processing of transferring credits here, and may give misguided information by mistake.

Make sure to choose courses at the right level. Some courses may be too basic and will not be transferred to your degree at Umeå University. Be attentive to courses that are described as "basic" or "introductory".

A mobility window gives more flexibility, but there are still courses that will not be transferred to your degree at Umeå University (for example Yoga). The courses must be of academic standard to transfer as credits.

On the university pages, under Where can you go?,  you will find information about any restrictions that apply. A description of what the restrictions means:

Closed programmes/courses
Information about programmes and courses that are not available for exchange students - do not apply for these courses or programmes.

Courses/Programmes with limited access
Courses and programmes that may be difficult to be accepted to. As a student you must be prepared to apply for other courses if you are not accepted to your first choice.
No matter which courses you choose you are not guaranteed admission.

Full time studies
Number of credits at the foreign higher education institute that is equivalent to 30 credits in Sweden.

Course types
Number of credits per course at the foreign higher education institution.

Course levels
Specify the level of each course (undergraduate, advanced/graduate, doctoral etc).

Academic year
Terms at the foreign higher education institution.

Step 3: Consult your study or programme advisor

Present your course selection for all universities you want to apply for to your study counselor and agree on which term is best for you to study abroad. Note that the course selection is preliminary, nominated students may need to make new courses in a later application to the host university.

In your application, you will be asked to verify that you have discussed this with your study counselor and also state the name of the person that you discussed it with.

Step 4: Fill out the online application

Enclosures required with your application:

  • Proof of your knowledge of English, such as upper secondary school diploma or English test.
  • Statement of Purpose (200-500 words) – in English (i.e. a letter of motivation, why you wish to study at your chosen universities (1-4), what you expect to gain from the studies etc.). Remember to include four courses, that you would like to study, per selected university. You only need to enclose one Statement of Purpose, which includes all your chosen universities. You can find the template here 
  • Official Transcript of Records. An up to date excerpt from Ladok showing the courses you have been registered to as well as your grades.
  • Buddy Programme certificate if you have been a buddy or a group leader in the buddy programme previous to this autumn term.

If you have sent in several applications, it is the latest one that will be taken into consideration, unless you have notified us otherwise (contact

After your application

Your application is assessed according to the selection criteria

Completed credits at Umeå University at the time of application (maximum 3 points)

At least 120 completed credits: 3 points
60–119 completed credits: 2 points
15–59 completed credits: 1 point
0–14 completed credits: not eligible for exchange studies via the university-wide agreements.

You do not need to state this in your application since this information will be taken from Ladok (study administrative system where all registrations and credits are stated) after the last day of application.

Performance at Umeå University (maximum 3 points)

Student's study performance (number of credits that the student is registered for in relation to the actual number of credits gained):

91–100 percent: 3 points
81–90 percent: 2 points
75–80 percent: 1 point
0–74 percent: not eligible for exchange studies via the university-wide agreements

You do not need to state this in your application since this information will be taken from Ladok (study administrative system where all registrations and credits are stated) after the last day of application.

Course selection for each chosen university (maximum 1 point)

Course selection for each chosen university: 1 point
Lack of course selection for chosen university: 0 points

You receive 1 (one) point for listing at least four course selections at each chosen university. If you choose a university without giving example of relevant courses, your application will receive 0 points.

Buddy Programme (maximum 2 points)

Group leader in the Buddy Programme: 2 points
Participation in the Buddy Programme as a buddy: 1 point
Have not participated in the Buddy Programme (as a buddy or a group leader): 0 points

Here you state whether you have been a buddy or a group leader in the Buddy Programme. This information will be verified with the International Office's student coordinator (who is responsible for the Buddy Programme). Incorrect information will be duly changed. Note! If you have been a buddy or a group leader previous to this term , you need to submit a certificate along with your application to get points.

Submitted application is complete (maximum 1 point)

Submitted application is complete: 1 point
Submitted application incomplete (or attachments are submitted late): 0 points

Here you assure that you will submit a complete application in time. This will award you one (1) point.

You can receive a maximum of 10 points for your application.

What happens if two or more students have the same total number of points? 

1. The selection criteria will be examined in the order they are listed above. Firstly, completed credits will be compared. If the points awarded are the same, then the study performance will be compared and so on.

2. If two or more students' total number of points is the same after all the criteria have been compared, the ranking between them will be decided through the drawing of lots.

Please note that lower priority will be given to applicants who have previously been awarded an exchange place through Umeå University's university-wide agreements.

What happens after the application deadline?

Selection round 1 (for academic year application round)

The results of the first selection round will be announced to all applicants in mid-January. If you are offered a nomination, you have the following four options:

  • You accept your assigned university and choose not to participate in the second selection round.
  • You accept your assigned university but choose to participate in the second selection round with a chance to get a higher ranked choice. This means that if you get one of your higher ranked choices in the second selection round, you will automatically be transferred to the new university.
  • You say no to your assigned university but choose to participate in the second allocation with a chance of getting one of your higher ranked choices in the second selection round.
  • You say no to your assigned university and choose not to participate in the second selection round.

Selection 2 (for academic year application round)

After the first selection round, a second selection round is made and the places that have become available again due to another student declining are redistributed based on the same ranking list as in the first selection round.

After that, those who have received a new offer will once again accept or decline, this time without a chance of a higher ranked choice.

After the selection rounds

When both selections rounds have been completed, a list of the students who are proposed to be nominated for the partner universities is created. The list is decided by the Head of Office for the International Office and by that the selection rounds are finalised.

When the selection round has been completed, a reserve list is created of those without an assigned university. This means that when a student chooses to decline his assigned nomination, the International Office calls, if possible and as long as the nomination or application deadline has not yet passed, a reserve based on that list.

If you have accepted a university in the first or second selection, you cannot be included on the reserve list since you already have an assigned university.

I have agreed to an exchange place, what happens next?

All students who have been offered an exchange place, and who have accepted, will receive an invitation to a nomination meeting. There you will get more information about the application to your assigned university, what deadlines apply and other important information to know before your upcoming exchange studies.

Application round of spare places

The exchange places (spring semester only) that are not filled in the regular selection round, and where the nomination or application deadline allows it, may be announced again in an application round of spare exchange places which then opens in May. The remaining places are open for all students at Umeå University to apply. If you have already been assigned to a university in the regular application round, you cannot apply for these places.

University-wide agreements

You can go as an exchange student to a partner university outside Europe through the university-wide agreements.

Exchange via your faculty or department

Your faculty or department may have own exchange agreements outside Europe.

In the database Solemove you will find all agreements Umeå University has with foreign higher education institutions.

If you want to apply for an exchange place through an agreement signed at your faculty or department, or if you want to apply for exchange studies in a low and middle income country via Linnaeus-Palme you need to contact your international contact person.
List of International Contact Persons