Umeå University


Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. Today, we have a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation, we are alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas.

We offer around 2,000 courses and 150 study programmes, among them over 30 Master’s programmes in English. The number of students has risen steadily and is now around 31,500.

Umeå University’s research spans the humanities, social sciences, educational sciences, medicine, and natural and engineering sciences. To further strengthen our competitiveness in the north we have established an Arctic Research Centre (Arcum), a multidisciplinary research environment offering a research environment intertwined by cooperation in project management, publications, supervision, international networks, arrangements, seminars and strategic research planning. The centre assembles a strong research environment with national proficiency in extensive research areas, such as the human dimension in cultural science, health, environmental, climate, policy, and socioeconomic issues. The concept is to provide a multi-disciplinary response to present and future demands of research-based knowledge for a sustainable development in the north. We also have a Centre for Sami Research, a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the only indigenous people of Sweden.

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Facts and figures

Year Established 1965
Total Number of Staff 4300
Number of Academic Staff 2100
Number of Students 31500
Focus Areas

Global health

Architecture and design

Northern studies

Life sciences

Environmental and resource economics


Sustainable energy