Introductory programme

The introductory programme gives you basic knowledge about Umeå University, everything from vision and values to work environment and safety.



Information about the introductory programme

The introductory program is available in the university's learning platform Canvas. To be able to log in and register for the course, you need an Umu-id. A link to activate your Umu-id will be sent to you on the first day of employment. If you are a scholarship holder you need help from your departments administrator to get your Umu-id.

The content of the programme is target-oriented towards employees and scholarship holders and consists of three parts.

Part one: An online programme with videos and texts

The first part of the introductory programme is structured into a number of modules consisting of videos and explanatory texts. You must complete all parts of a module to continue to the next one.

Completing all modules takes between two and three hours. You can choose the pace you want to complete the programme at, and pause at any time to continue later. When you have completed all moduels, the registration to seminars and social event is open.

Part two: Seminar series 

When you have completed the first part of the introductory programme, you have the opportunity to participate in a seminar series to gain more in-depth knowledge in some areas. Every semester, seminars are held on topics such as research support, basic values and intercultural awareness.

Planned seminares (register in Canvas)

  • Presentation of Umeå municipality
    Wednesday 10 November 15:30 - 16:30 (Teams)
  • SUN - Research funding
    Friday 12 November 10:00 - 11:00
  • SUN - Intercultural awareness
    Wednesday 15 December 15:00 - 16:30
  • SUN - Basic values and equal opportunities
    Tuesday 15 February 2022 13:00 - 15:00

Part three: joint social event

Once per semester, we invite new employees to a joint social event at Curiosum, Arts campus, after working hours. During such an evening, you get to solve mathematical problems and enjoy a planetarium show in the dome theatre.

Begin the introductory program

Select a program by clicking on the link below, log in with your Umu ID and register for the course.

You can access the programme on a computer, tablet or smartphone. To use a tablet or smartphone, you need to download the app Canvas Student. 

It is a known bug for mobiles and tablets that have the Android operating system, where it is not possible to turn on the device without being logged out of the program.

Related information

Contact information



Torbjörn Forsberg
HR Strategist
Human Resources Office
📞 090-786 70 80



Rosita Nilsson
HR Strategist
Human Resources Office
📞 090-786 54 69



Sara Rambe
Administrator, Human Resources Office
📞 090-786 63 78


Introductory programme


Introductory programme

Scholarship holders

Rosita Nilsson