The Swedish academic year is divided into two semesters, the autumn semester from the break August/September to mid-January and the spring semester from mid-January to early June. An Orientation "Course" for international students is offered the week before the start of each semester.

One semester of full-time studies corresponds to 30 ECTS credits. Every semester is divided into two equal halves, two so called study periods (Sp), each finished off by an examination week. Every year there are three examination opportunities for each course. A typical course comprizes 7.5 ECTS credits, hence you usually study two courses every study period.

Most of our courses are part of some study programme, but it is possible to study any course as an independent self-contained course as well.

In Sweden the focus is on understanding and problem solving, not memorizing. The skills are usually tested in written problem-oriented examinations. Also other examination forms are used. Besides ordinary lectures and problem solving sessions, many courses include laboratory experiments and computer projects. These are presented either orally or in writing. Also minor project works can be included.

Courses, generalAll physics courses in English by study period (Sp)All courses in English at Umeå University by subject

Basic courses for a wider audience
Arctic Science (one week in early February in Kiruna city, the rest is work at a distance)
The Physics of Virtual Environments(pure distance learning)

Study ProgrammesMSc Programme in Physics (2 years, in English)BSc Programme in Physics and Applied Mathematics (3 years, in Swedish)Master´s Programme in Engineering Physics (5 years, in Swedish)Master´s Programme in Energy Engineering (5 years, in Swedish)Master´s Programme in Computational Science and Engineering (2 years, in English)
We are also involved in teacher education and pre-university education in physics for students with a secondary school degree in fields other than science.