WWU Exchange in Sweden:
Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. Today, the university has a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. Umeå University was ranked first in Sweden for overall satisfaction for two years in a row by students who partcipated in the 2011 and 2012 International Student Barometer survey. They constantly strive towards being one of Scandinavia and Europe's best environments for education, research and community engagement that meets the challenges of an ever-increasing global society.
Umeå is a clean and green city in Northern Europe, where people and businesses respect the beautiful northern landscape and really care about protecting the environment. The city's green credentials are underlined by the fact Umeå is known as the "City of Birches." Almost 3000 birch trees were planted along the city's wide avenues following a devastating fire that destroyed large parts of the city back in 1888.
As one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden, Umeå successfully manages to balance its environmental commitments with its trade and industry ambitions, attracting some of the world's most creative and enterprising businesses to the region. The city has tremendous IT know-how and IT and communications industries are particularly well established here.
Academic Program and Courses
The Academic Calendar at Umeå University is divided into two terms (semesters):
- Autumn Term: September to mid-January
- Spring Term: mid-January to early June
There are also summer courses offered during the months of June, July and August. All courses and syllabi for Umeå University are available on the University's website.
Students interested in the Umeå's Industrial Design program
should meet with the EdAbroad exchange coordinator to discuss program specific application proceedures and deadlines.
For Business students, please note that Umeå University has earned AACSB accreditation for its Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics!
AACSB Accreditation provides a framework of 15 international standards against which business schools around the world assess the quality of their educational services. These standards ensure continuous improvement and provide focus for schools to deliver on their mission, innovate, and drive impact. AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.
Umeå University offers student halls of residence close to the university. Information on housing can be found here
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the onlne application for exchange students
Video of Umea University
Orientation course for international students
Student visa and residence permit information
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