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Exchange (Bilateral) Sweden: Umea University
Umea, Sweden (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/01/2021 ** 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.
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Exchange (Bilateral)
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Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
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Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Areas of Study:
Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, International Business, International Studies, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work
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Umeå University

UW-W Exchange Program


Location Umea, Sweden
Academic Focus Across the curriculum
Eligibility 2.5 GPA, All majors, All years
Terms Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction English
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Studying at Umeå University offers students a unique opportunity to take courses across the curriculum in English while experiencing Scandinavian culture and an international campus and environment.

The campus and city of Umeå create a vibrant and welcoming environment for exchange students, with a wide range of opportunities to form connections with Swedish and international peers and experience Swedish and European culture.


Umeå University is internationally renowned for its academic excellence: major world university rankings place Umeå among the top 400 universities in the world, and students and faculty hail from all corners of the globe. Umeå offers a wide variety of courses in English, and the international student body brings global perspectives into the classroom.

Students of all majors are eligible to participate in this exchange. Umeå offers courses in English in Biology, Business, Chemistry, IT/Computer Science, Economics, Education, History, Math/Statistics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Swedish. Complete course information can be found in their online course catalog.

No prior knowledge of Swedish is required, as a wide range of courses are taught in English, but Umeå offers non-credit and for-credit Swedish language courses for interested students.


Exchange students are guaranteed student housing through the International Housing Office.  The International Housing Office offers furnished single-occupancy rooms, most with private bathrooms, in student corridors made up of Swedish and international students. A student corridor is usually comprised of 6-10 single-occupancy rooms which are spread along a corridor with a kitchen and a common room.  Students may choose to prepare their meals in shared kitchens or purchase meals in cafeterias around campus. Accommodation offerings are typically within walking distance of campus.  For full information about housing at Umeå, visit the Umeå International Housing Office webpage.

Student Life and Surroundings

The campus and city of Umeå create a vibrant and welcoming environment for exchange students. Living in the student corridors and participating in the Buddy Program allow exchange students to form connections with both Swedish and international students.  The International Office and other student services around the university are committed to supporting international students, leading to high levels of student satisfaction. The campus’s state-of-the-art sports and fitness center, IKSU, houses a wide range of facilities, including a climbing wall, indoor beach volleyball courts, and ski rentals. IKSU is the largest fitness facility in Europe and a popular gathering place for students. 

With a population of 80,000 and growing, Umeå is the largest and fastest-growing city in northern Sweden.  Its large student population of over 30,000 makes it a vibrant university town, and as the upcoming European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umeå is home to a variety of museums, film and music festivals, and professional sports teams, such as soccer and ice hockey. The city of Umeå is easily navigable on foot, second-hand bicycle, or public transportation. Umeå is connected to Stockholm, as well as the rest of Europe, by reasonably-priced flights as well as bus and train networks, allowing students to explore elsewhere in Sweden and Europe during their time abroad.

Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad.  As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,800
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 175
Subtotal $4,250
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Accommodation** 2,300
Meals 1,200
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,000
Passport and Passport Photos 150
Swedish Residence Permit (1000 SEK) 110
Round-Trip Airfare 1,800
Books/Supplies 300
Subtotal $7,860
Total*** $12,110
*20189-20 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
**Accommodation is an estimate; individual options may vary.
***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $7,400.


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program.  Students must also apply online for a residence permit to study in Sweden for periods of more than three months.

Key Dates

Terms Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year April 1 Early September to Early June
Fall Semester April 1 Early September to Mid January
Spring Semester October 15 Mid January to Early June


Office of Global Experiences
Shia Lee
Office: McCutchan 204
Phone: 262-472-5759

UW-W Faculty Exchange Ambassador:
Dr. Carol Scovotti
Department of Marketing
Office: Hyland 3432
Tel: 262-472-5469

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