Life at UID

At UID, students build friendships and networks that last a lifetime. The "UID way" is based around openness, inclusion and a collaborative spirit. It is a place to grow, not only as a designer, but as a human being.

Welcome to the Umeå Institute of Design community! The UID experience is to meet new cultures, unlock your inner creator and challenge the status quo. UID is an inclusive and compassionate community, where all are welcome regardless of nationality, religion, race or sexual orientation.

The school purposely maintains limited class sizes to ensure careful attention is given to each student's individual journey. The close knit student community, while modest in numbers, is defined by its cosmopolitan nature. Represented by close to 40 different nationalities at any given time, the student body is global in nature with about a third of students coming from outside the EU.

Industry-like design studios

All programmes reside in industry-like design studios, where each student has an individual workspace. The shared spaces - workshops, computer labs, painting rooms, libraries - build innovative learning environments defined by a collaborative spirit.

Student life

Experience a close-knit community that embraces ingenuity, diversity, values critical thinking and encourages self-discovery.

Arts Campus

Sitting on the banks of the Ume River, the vibrant Arts Campus is located just a stone's throw away from the Umeå city centre.


Since its inception in 1989, UID has gained a reputation as a dynamic environment offering exceptional possibilities for creative studies.

Experience Umeå

In Umeå, nature always serves as an inspiration, with a sun that barely sets in the summer and cold snowy winters.

UID Student Handbook

UID Student Handbook

Visit the Umeå Institute of Design Student Handbook for all things UID.

Latest update: 2024-03-18