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  • Locations: Umea, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/20/2020 06/07/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.4 Language of Instruction: English, Swedish
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Study at Umeå University, Sweden’s fifth oldest university
  • Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings ranked Umeå as the best university under the age of 50 in all of the Nordic countries
  • Take advantage of IKSU Sport, located on campus and one of Europe’s largest exercise facilities 

Program Overview


As the unofficial northern capital of Sweden, Umeå is Sweden’s 12th largest city. To enjoy the city in all its beauty, sign up for a guided walking tour, ride around on the plentiful bicycle paths or explore the city by rickshaw. The city’s recent rapid growth can be attributed to the ever-expanding student population, making it a vibrant city with lots to offer young adults. Umeå has something to for everyone: nature and outdoor life, sporting events, concerts, festivals, cultural events and a bustling nightlife.

Umeå’s milder climate throughout the year can be attributed to the warm Gulf Stream. Take advantage of winter weather by dog sledding, horse riding or cross-country skiing. Downhill ski or snowboard at one of the many slopes, such as Umeå city’s ski slope, Bräntberget. In the spring and summer, go camping, golfing, canoeing, disc golfing and enjoy the season’s Midnight Sun. In addition, there is fantastic cuisine to be enjoyed which incorporates special ingredients from the forest, mountains, ocean and local farms. As the selected 2014 European Capital of Culture, visitors from around the world will venture to Umeå for cultural events that will celebrate the city’s rich heritage.

Founded in 1965, Umeå University is known for having a strong international and multicultural presence. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation and with an enrollment of 34,200 students, the campus is alive with enthusiasm, creativity, and fresh ideas. Umeå University strives to be one of Scandinavia's best environments for study and research that meets the challenges of an ever-increasing global society. In 2013, the university was ranked 1st on the International Student Barometer for overall student satisfaction. Campus is located about 3 miles east of the city center and is home to one of the largest sports facilities in Europe, IKSU Sport. 


Umeå University uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 7.5 ECTS credits are equal to 4 UMD credits. Classes are typically 7.5 ECTS credits and enrollment in 30 ECTS credits per term is considered full-time. Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing Swedish University Grade & Credit Equivalents. 

When reviewing and selecting courses it is important to note:

  • There are two levels: undergraduate (basic) and master’s (advanced). Applicants must meet course prerequisites regardless of the course level.
  • Courses should only be selected from the course web page for exchange students (see link below)
  • Courses should not clash
    Swedish study system full-time courses (100% tempo) are taken one at a time rather than parallel. It is important to carefully check which week each course starts and ends. More information about the study duration can be found on the course web page.
  • General course schedule in Sweden will look like this:

Swedish enrollment examples
Finals will be given at the end of each course, not the semester.
  • Course changes are very restricted
    It is important to choose courses carefully. Umea University has no add/drop period and course changes after the deadline are very restricted.
For more details on courses click below:

  Important Dates
The Umea University academic calendar can be viewed here.
Arrival and orientation dates are tentative; exact details will be provided by Umea University after they issue acceptance into the program. 

Fall Semester 2019

Arrival:  the week before the semester starts
Orientation:  week and a half before classes start
Semester:  2 September 2019 - 19 January 2020

Spring Semester 2020

Arrival:  the weekend before the semester
Orientation:  first day of the semester
Semester:  20 January 2020 - 7 June 2020
**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by Umea University**

Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for Umeå University:

Fall 2018 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,850
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $6,870
Estimate Total Cost: $12,720

Fall 2019 Costs:
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $6,845
Estimate Total Cost: $12,842

Academic Year 2019–20Costs:

Program Cost: $11,994
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $11,670
Estimate Total Cost: $23,664

Spring 2020 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $6,845
Estimate Total Cost: $12,842

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation (via the Umeå University International Office)
  • On-site staff support
  • International student buddy program (via the Umeå University International Office)
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

  • Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad
  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


Student housing is guaranteed for those who submit an application by the deadline. In general, Umeå University‘s accommodation offers a private bedroom and bathroom in a student corridor. Corridors (similar to apartments) house a total of 6-10 students consisting of a mix of Swedish and international students. All occupants share the kitchen, dining room and living room spaces. Although considered off-campus, all student housing placements are within walking distance to campus. 

Umeå University is perhaps the only Swedish campus that not only guarantees housing placements, but also provides the ability to select your own accommodation. Umeå University’s International Housing Office provides further details on housing details, the application process, and FAQs. 

Travel Documents

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, a Swedish residence permit is required for participation on the program. Assistance with the residence permit application will be given by the UMD Study Abroad office. 

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply: 

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Sweden
Program Name: Exchange in Umeå, Sweden - Umeå University

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After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

Apply early as space is very limited and the program will fill first-come, first-served. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required. 

UMD Program Contact

Contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for the Exchange in Umeå Program with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza,
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200


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