How to apply

On this page you will find all the information you need about applying to the Summer Course: Architecture, Exploration and Reflection. In the tabs below, you can read about prerequisites, how to apply, which documents you must submit with your application, and the deadline for submission.


For the applicant to be eligible, he or she must meet the general entry requirements for basic level studies at Swedish universities. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Apart from that, the applicant needs to have completed at least 30 higher education credits in the field of architecture, and have documented experience in the form of a portfolio and a motivation letter. For more information about the work samples and the motivation letter, see below.


Selection among the applicants is based on submitted work samples/portfolio and motivation letter. 


To apply to the course you must apply via, as well as send in a digital portfolio and motivation letter to Umeå School of Architecture. 


Your portfolio should contain a selection of projects that display and communicate your capabilities and skills in architecture. It should show your working process, how you develop your ideas, as well as your ability to reflect critically about your work and its social, political and ethical dimensions.

Include a short description of the context in which each work has been produced (e.g. assignment, requirements, prerequisites, etc.).


  • Your portfolio must be submitted digitally as one (1) document in PDF format.
  • The file size may not exceed 10 Mb.
  • Your full name, e-mail address and application number must be stated on the first page of your portfolio.
  • Indicate if the work has been produced independently or in collaboration.
  • Specify if some of the work has been produced during an internship or while working as a professional.
  • Make sure to strictly follow the requirements above otherwise your application will be marked as ineligible.

Please note

  • Make sure to strictly follow the requirements above otherwise your application will be marked as ineligible.
  • Do not send a hard copy of your portfolio by regular post. It will neither be assessed nor approved.

Motivation letter

You should submit a motivation letter where you state why you want to enrol in the course. The text should be maximum 400 words.
To enrol in the course, you must participate in one of the workshops offered in connection to the course. Three workshops are presented as alternatives. Specify why you want to participate in the chosen workshops and in which order and how it is relevant for you and your development. The number of places in each workshop is limited. 
The motivation letter can be included in the beginning of your portfolio or submitted as a separate document.


Your digital portfolio and motivation letter must be sent by email directly to Umeå School of Architecture (not to University Admissions in Sweden).

The portfolio e-mail address is In the subject line, please write "SUMMERCOURSE" followed by your name.

Motivation letter/portfolio is to be sent in at latest the same day as the deadline to pay tuition fees or prove the right to exemption.

Last day to submit your application for UMA Summer Course 2023 is March 15 and last day to send in your portfolio and motivation letter to is March 30.

Latest update: 2023-09-05