Exchange at Umeå University
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||Fall and/or Spring
||Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Spring 2013: September. 15, 2012
Fall 2013 or Academic Year: March 15, 2013
||Programs costs can be found here
Umeå University, founded in 1965, is located in the city of Umeå, Sweden with about 36,700 students. The university is highly involved as a research institution and provides a wide variety of courses in English, as in the fields of science and technology, social sciences, health sciences and humanities. Campus is located about 5 kilometers east of the city center and offers one of the largest exercise facilities in Europe, IKSU Sport.
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Often described as the capital of northern Sweden, Umeå is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden with about 110,000 inhabitants with an average age of approximately 32. With a goal to pass a figure of 150,000 people before 2050, the city has much to offer for cultural entertainment and activities. At the mouth of the river Ume and on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, Umeå is also surrounded by an abundance of nature for outdoor sports and activities. Umeå is serviced by two European highways and the seventh largest airport in Sweden with a new high-speed railway expected to be completed by August 2010. The city is situated about 600 kilometers north of Stockholm and 500 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle.
Umeå University offers a wide range of English-taught courses in the fields of science and technology, social sciences, health sciences and humanities.
To view the most up-to-date course offerings, please follow the links to the searchable Course Catalogue at the Umeå University web site. Note that programmes will refer to a full degree program, while courses refer to the individual classes you may enroll in as an exchange student.
To see how individual classes will count at UMD, view the current course equivalencies listing for Umeå University. If the class you wish to enroll in has not been reviewed follow the instructions on the IEO Course Equivalency web page.
Classes are measured in Swedish Points are European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. Classes worth 5 points are equal to 7.5 ECTS or 4 UMD credits. Classes are typically taken one at a time and are usually 5 weeks long.
Degree seeking students at any University of Minnesota campus who have completed one full year of study prior to the beginning of the exchange are eligible for this program. For some areas of study, students should have completed substantial upper division course work. The minimum GPA is 2.4 and students need to consult with a study abroad advisor in the International Education Office (IEO) in 138 Kirby Plaza before they apply. Tentative acceptance will be done by IEO. Final acceptance is issued by Umea University.
Our goal is to keep prices similar to those of attending UMD. The program cost per semester to attend Umeå University can be found here.
Fluctuating currency exchange rates may increase or decrease the cost of your international experience. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of exchange programs. There are several study abroad scholarships for University of Minnesota students.
Deadlines & Dates
Study: Fall semester or full academic year
Deadlines occur the semester prior to the start of a program.
UMD Deadline to apply: March 15
Fall arrival dates: mid-August
Fall orientation dates (in country): end of August
Fall semester dates: end of August - mid-January
Study: Spring semester
UMD Deadline to apply: October 15
Spring arrival dates: mid-January
Spring orientation dates (in country): mid-January
Spring semester: mid-January - early June
For more information on the Umea University academic calendar, click here.
One pre-departure orientation and one on-site orientation will be held. Pre-departure orientation will include information regarding international insurance, the Swedish student residence permit, classes, travel tips and safety when abroad, and more. The orientation held at UMD will also provide an opportunity to meet with past participants and current exchange students from Sweden at UMD to further help prepare you for your program participation.
Student housing consists of small apartments for 2-4 students or corridors for 6-12 students. Corridors consist of individual bedrooms and usually their own bathrooms, and share living room, kitchen and dinning room with corridor mates. Typical corridor mates will include a mix of Swedish and international students.
Before applying, it is a good idea to follow the steps under steps to studying abroad. The IEO website also provides information on financing, health & safety and other important information to consider when choosing to study abroad. When ready to apply, complete the online application. There is a non-refundable $50 application fee that will be charged to applicants University of Minnesota student account.
Applying for a Swedish Residence Permit
All Exchange in Sweden participants will need to apply and be approved for a Swedish Residence Permit. Students can apply for a permit after they have received their official acceptance by Umea University. Early application is highly encouraged.
Further information including the online Swedish Residence Permit application can be found on the the Swedish Migration Board's (Migrationsverket) web site: http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/4577_en.html
Helpful Links for Sweden & Umeå