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Dual Career Programme

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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.

Information, guidance and welcome meeting

The Human Resources Office 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.

See our calendar for coming welcome meetings.

Job search and career counselling 

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

The online webinar includes information about:

  • 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 

Individual consultation 

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.

Annika Sund, EURES advisor at The Swedish Public Employment Service

Study counseling at Umeå University

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


If you need personal study guidance you are welcome to contact one of the study counsellors to book an individual meeting.


Umeå University collaborates with other universities in Sweden within the Euraxess network. Here is some of the webinars you can attend:

  • Dual Career Linkedin Seminar
  • Seminar about Family law
  • Intercultural communication
  • The Swedish labour market
  • Gender equality, the Swedish approach
  • Information from the Tax Agency – popular registration and taxes
  • Pension

More information about dual career and spouse support

Dual Career Network at Umeå University

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.

Facebook group: Dual Career Network at Umeå University

Latest update: 2023-09-19