ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Umeå is a northern Swedish city about twice the size of Flagstaff. The city was named the European capitol of culture for 2014 and boasts a large college student population of over 39,000. In Umeå you can enjoy a Scandinavian city lifestyle while also having access the natural beauty that Sweden provides. Along the 150 kilometers of coastline elk, seals, beavers, and bears roam the countryside and are easily accessible for students. Within the city are many restaurants, cafes, pubs, and clubs for students to enjoy. Despite its northern latitude, Umeå boasts a modern and easy to navigate environment, which makes it an ideal location for students to live abroad for the first time.
Umeå University has been ranked #1 in Sweden and Europe for student satisfaction. UU has been named one of the top 25 universities under 50 years old and over 30 degree programs are taught in English. The University's 33,000 students also have access to the largest fitness facility in Europe.
One of the benefits of studying abroad at Umeå is its larger size, which means that there are many English courses offered throughout the year. Umeå offers courses in many of the same fields as NAU. The Swedish higher education system is structured a little differently than in the United States. Students in Sweden often take one course at a time followed by an exam. Additionally, Sweden uses the ECTS credit system. In this system 2 ECTS credits = 1 NAU credit. NAU students should aim for 30 credits while at Umeå.
A list of courses at Umea can be found here. The term 'basic' signifies that it is an undergraduate course.
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Fall Semester: Early September - Mid-January
Spring Semester: Mid-January - Early June
Accommodation in Umeå is guaranteed to all exchange students. Students can either choose to live on-campus in single rooms with shared corridors or find housing in an apartment off-campus. More information on accommodation can be found here.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
We also recommend checking out our scholarship opportunities here!
Minimum 2.5 GPA
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
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Below are some videos that highlight what it might be like to live and study at Umeå University!
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