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Welcome to UID!

We are very happy to welcome you to Umeå Institute of Design. Here, you will find general as well as specific information. If you have any questions during the summer regarding your preparations for coming to Umeå, please contact the UID Welcome officer.

The autumn semester of starts on August 29, 2022, at 9.00 a.m for all UID students (new as well as already enrolled students). The day starts with a "roll call" at Umeå Institute of Design, when all staff and students are present.

Information brochure

Find all your basic info in the UID Welcome Brochure

Dates for study year 2022/2023

Autumn term: starts August 29, 2022, ends January 15, 2023
Spring term: starts January 16, 2023, ends June 4, 2023

Attendance in class

Class attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to arrive punctually and participate actively in all scheduled education and to conduct the majority of their studies and assignments at UID.


Prepare yourself for your studies. This checklist provides information on what to do at home as well as after you have arrived.

Orientation course

An orientation course for international students is usually held the week before the study year starts. We expect all international students to participate in the course. You can find information about the course in the International Student Guide.

Arrival date

You need to arrive on a weekday since keys are not handed out over weekends as the accommodation offices are closed.
If you are going to participate in the Orientation course, be prepared to arrive one week before the autumn term starts.


Unlike universities in many other countries, Swedish universities are not responsible for student accommodations. Universities do not own or administer any housing facilities.

In order to proceed with accommodation arrangements, it is important to understand what type of housing is right for you.


Click here for information on all parking areas in Umeå (in Swedish)


You should make sure that you have insurance for yourself, your property and your accommodation. Students at Umeå University are covered by a personal injury insurance policy through the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet).

Swedish Personal Identity Number

If you are not registered in the Swedish Population Register when admitted to studies, you will automatically be given a temporary identity in the admissions system and in the study documentation system (Ladok). The studies you start and complete will be registered in Ladok under your temporary identity.

The Language

More than half of the students at Umeå Institute of Design are non-Swedish speakers. All masters courses, and our one-year course, are taught in English. The only courses taught in Swedish are the Bachelor programme and many of the short single subject courses.

Related Information

International Student Guide

Essential information for your stay in Umeå.

Student Services and Support

If you are looking to start studying or already are a student, the University provides study guidance.

New student

Here you will find useful information as a new student.