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Study Year

The study year at Umeå University starts in late August or early September each year. Autumn term stretches into mid-January, and the spring term ends in the first week of June. Term dates and Swedish national holidays are found here.


During national holidays ("red days"), there is no scheduled education. Often, the day before a national holiday can be scheduled as half a day only, due to that staff often have a work hour shortening on such days. Please check your schedule!

Please also note that on national holidays, many shops, banks etc. are closed, and public transportation follows a different scheduling than on normal weekdays.

Winter break

Education can be scheduled until a few days before Christmas. Check in good time with your programme director to know when it is OK to leave before Winter break, and when you need to return. Some courses have scheduled teaching already during week 1.

Health on Campus

Once a term, the University arranges Student sports days, during which education should not be scheduled (unless it cannot be avoided).

Health on Campus, autumn: Wednesday, week 37
Health on Campus, spring: Tuesday, on Shrove Tuesday (Fettisdag)

Dates for study year 2018/2019

Autumn term (week 36-03): starts 3 September 2018, ends 20 January 2019
Spring term (week 04-23): starts 21 January 2019, ends 9 June 2019

Health on Campus, autumn: September 12, 2018
Health on Campus, spring: March 5, 2019 (also Fettisdag/Shrove Tuesday)

Dates for study year 2019/2020

Autumn term (week 36-03): starts 2 September 2019, ends 19 January 2020
Spring term (week 04-23): starts 20 January 2020, ends 7 June 2020

Health on Campus, autumn: September 18, 2019
Health on Campus, spring: February 25, 2020 (also Fettisdag/Shrove Tuesday)