Umeå University assist new international employees and postdoctoral scholarship holders to get a smooth relocation and landing in Umeå. Academic staff is often joined by a partner who is high-level educated and interested in pursuing an independent professional career.
The Dual Career Programme aims to make it easier for accompanying partners to find a job, education and social networks in Umeå.
Dual Career Programme services are available for spouses and partners of any prospective employee/postdoctoral scholarship holder who is considering relocation to Umeå, and of any current employee/scholarship holder.
Dual Career Program contains different themes and include webinars and seminars where you will receive information about available tools and service of how to find employment, university courses and Swedish courses. There are also social events and a network where you can meet other spouses and partners to share best practice and ask questions.
The program offers no guarantee to get a job as you are and will remain responsible for your own career path.
Dual Career Programme
Read more about the different themes below and sign up to upcoming events in the calendar.
International Staff Support coordinates the Dual Career Programme and Network. If you need personal guidance or information about the programme you are welcome to contact us.
Welcome meetings You are welcome to sign up to one of our welcome meetings. At the meeting you will meet the DCP coordinators, get more information about the program and general information about Umeå. We also invite one of the ambassadors for the DCP Network to information you about the network's ongoing activities. This is a good opportunity for you to meet other partners/spouses and make contacts with new acquaintances.
Are you interested in working in Umeå and need guidance and information on how to take the first steps? We welcome you to participate the free webinars by Annika Sund from the Swedish Public Employment Service. Sign up to participate in an online webinar or book an appointment for an individual consultation.
Online webinar by Annika including:
The main sectors, which ones have shortages or surpluses, the role of employers’ organisations and trade unions, labour law
The working conditions, including contracts, salary, working hours, social codes at work
Regional business and corporate structure
Support and service for jobseekers
Available webinars about how to search for jobs and write a job application
If you need, you can book an individual consultation with Annika Sund. She can assist you with information about the Swedish Labor Market, reviewing your cover letter and CV and identifying appropriate employment opportunities.
Umeå University offers a wide range of courses in English, which may enable you to continue your studies or develop knowledge within new fields.
The General Study Counsellors at Umeå University provide individual help with:
- Information about courses and programmes at Umeå University
- Eligibility and admission procedures
- Evaluation of foreign qualifications
- Information about how to learn Swedish
Seminars Twice a year – in good time before the application deadline – there is an information meeting available if you would like to know more about university studies and Swedish courses. The meeting is held by one of our study counsellors.
Contact If you need personal study guidance you are welcome to contact us to book an individual meeting. Contact information
Moving to another country is not just about finding a job or studying. It is about meeting a new culture and new traditions.
We offer several webinars so you can become familiar with Sweden and the Swedes. There are webinars about Umeå City and available activities here as well as webinars about typical Swedish behavior, traditions and more.
As a Euraxess Centre we collaborate with other universities in Sweden within Euraxess. The network gives us access to even more webinars that you are welcome to participate in.
Webinar - Swedish working culture
What is it like to work in Sweden? Is it the same everywhere or does it differ depending on which industry you work in? What characterises employeeship and leadership in Sweden?
In this webinar, we discuss what characterizes a typical Swedish workplace and how we interact with each other. we have invited two researchers who share their experiences and thoughts about working here.
Webinar - Swedish culture and traditions
What is a "Swedish fika" and why is fika so important to us Swedes? What holidays do we celebrate and why? What is a typical Swedish behavior?
In this webinar you will learn more about what is considered typically Swedish, e.g. what we like to do and how we do it.
During the year International Staff Support arrange different social events for both you and your partner. In addition there are also social events arranged by the ambassador for the Dual Career Network.
Social events for you and your partner - Due to corona virus and meeting restriction we have no social events planned at the moment.
The Dual Career Network at Umeå University is a social network for partners who came to Umeå together with somebody who is working at the university.
You are welcome to join the Facebook group “Dual Career Network at Umeå University”. This is the communication platform where you can meet other accompanying partners and share valuable information and ask questions for guidance.
The Dual Career Network have Partner Ambassadors. The ambassadors main responsibility is to plan and post suitable activities during the year. The ambassadors are very important and collaborate with the coordinators of the Dual Career Programme and may highlight relevant activities for all members.
If you are interested in becoming a partner ambassador - please contact the coordinators for more information.