The University was established in
1965 and has now some 24 000 students; a growing number
of these are foreign students. There are five major faculties;
Arts, Science and Technology, Medicine and Odontology, Social
Sciences, and Teacher Education. Also incorporated are the
College of Fine Arts, the College of Design, Umea School
of Environmental Studies, the Umea Institute of Technology,
and the School of Business and Economics. There are 60 departments
and 235 professors, served by an academic staff of 3 700.
Umea University offers a broad spectrum of research, from
modern languages to medicine and natural sciences. Umea
is known particularly for its concentration on research
into Molecular Biology, Behavioural Science, Economics and
Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Computer
Science and Sports.
The campus area affords an excellent environment for both
study and leisure. Most departments are located on campus,
with student accommodation nearby. At the heart of the campus there is
the Universum building- housing with wide variety of amenities
such as restaurants, student counselling office, media and
information service, the student union centre Corona, one
of the student union offices, health clinic, book shop,
hairdresser, convenience shop, university souvenir shop,
minibank and pub.
Nearby, students and staff have their own sports and swimming
hall with a training and exercise track.
Thanks to participation in various extensive programmes
such as ERASMUS-SOCRATES and NORDPLUS within Europe, as
well as bilateral programmes with universities in several
other countries, including Canada, Australia, Russia and
the USA, Umea University draws students from many different
parts of the world. Foreign students are also attracted
to university by the many high-level courses that are given