Umea University


Umea University (or Umeå Universitet) is a public research university in Umea, Sweden. It was first established in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest educational institute. 

It is spread over the main campus and seven side campuses. These are situated in Umea and a few other cities. Most of the research is undertaken in those which are located within Umea.

The University has eight campus schools. These include the Ume School of:

This institute offers a chance to study and research in four faculties, including Arts, Sciences and Technology, Medicine, and Social Sciences. Within these faculties, there are a total of 36 departments. Not only this but Umea University also has 20 research centers. This University is mainly famous for its research on Norway Spruce and the genome of a poplar tree. Apart from this, the University Hospital of Ume ("Norrlands Universitetssjukhus," "NUS") is the central hospital and medical research facility in northern Sweden.

Notable alums of Umea University include the following.

  • Adi Utarini - Indonesian scientist

  • Stefan Attefall - politician, Former Minister for Public Health, and Former Minister for Housing in Sweden 

  • Ibrahim Baylan - politician, Former Minister for Energy in Sweden

  • Åsa Larsson Blind - Swedish-Sámi politician

  • Hanna Ljungberg - Former football player 

  • Stefan Löfven - Politician, Former Prime Minister of Sweden 

  • Dan Olweus - Psychologist recognized for research on bullying


More than 36,000 local and international students study at Umea University. Out of these, 16,000 are in various undergraduate and postgraduate programs. In contrast, there are 2000 international students from 60 countries, who have  residence permit of sweden, are studying at this institute.  

Students are given partial or complete scholarships each year aimed at high achievers in academics. Scholarships that are funded by Umeå municipality are extended to outstanding international students. But they should not be from an EU/EEA  and Switzerland.


Umea University offers accommodations to a limited number of students. The tuition-paying, full-degree, and exchange students are offered student housing, but those who pay tuition fees are preferred. However, you should be vigilant and look for private residences as the University only guarantees a maximum of 100% chance of securing a place. Here it is essential to know that residence options are not for those who belong to the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland.

The institution provides furnished single-occupancy rooms in the student's corridors. Their housing portfolio comprises about 500 rooms spread throughout many student housing communities off-campus that are still close to the University.


The global rankings of Umea University are as follows. 

  • Rank from 501 to 600 by ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) World or Shanghai ranking

  • Rank from 400 to 500 by THE (Times Higher Education World University Rankings) World 

  • Rank #369 by QS World

  • Rank #335 by USNWR (U.S. News & World Report) Global


Umea University
UNIVERSITETSTORGET 4, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden

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