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

The programme 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.

Part one: An online programme with videos and texts

The first part is a digital programme structured into a number of modules consisting of videos and explanatory texts. This part is a summary of some of the most important things you need to know as a new employee, if you want more in-depth information, you will find this on the staff web. 

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. The seminars take place on the main campus. 

  • Intercultural awareness
    Wednesday 15 June 15:00 - 16:30
    Sign up before 12 June LINK
  • Teaching and career development
    Wednesday 14 September 12:00 - 13:00
    Sign up before 13 September LINK

Part three: joint social event at Curiosum

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. This event is open for employees who started at the university 2020-01-01 up until now. Limited seats, free of charge.

Thursday 13 oktober 16:00 - 18:00

Sign up before 6 October LINK

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



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



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

Introductory programme


Introductory programme

Scholarship holders

Rosita Nilsson