A lot of general questions can be answered through the
International Student Guide
How difficult is it to be accepted to UID?
We look for talent and skills of different kinds in the
different educations, and the number of applicants vary from year
to year, so it is difficult to give a general answer. But: It is
always worth applying! Of course you don't need to be a fully
trained designer before applying - after all, that is what you want
to come here to become, isn't it? For the short 5- and 10-week
single subject courses (mainly in Swedish), no portfolio or work
samples are needed, and acceptance is based on general
Do I have to learn Swedish to study at UID?
No, we give all our MFA programmes and our one-year course (IDI)
completely in English. The only educations in Swedish are the
three-year BFA programme and most of the short single-subject
courses. The daily language of communication and information at UID
How well should I communicate in English?
Your English proficiency should be equivalent to English
6/English B from the Swedish upper secondary education. Information
on how to meet the requirement can be found at University Admissions.
Can I start the course in the spring term, or can I come as a
guest student in the spring term?
Due to the nature of the programme and its sequence of
activities, a number of obligatory basic skills are taught in the
fall semester. If the student has not passed these courses they
cannot participate in several of the courses that follow. Thus, in
principle we do not accept applications for the spring term.
Should I bring my own computer with me?
The school encourages the students to have their own computer at
their workplace, where there are network connections available at
no extra cost. Some necessary software is also provided for use
here at the school. There are also three computer laboratories at
the school for computer courses or for use by students who do not
have their own computer.
What should my portfolio include?
Each programme or one-year course has a specific requirement
concerning portfolios. Please check the pages for each programme
for more information.
Can you look at my website and tell me if I am good enough to
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to make general
pre-assessments of student work.
Are there any grants or scholarships available for study at the
Accepted students that come from non-EU countries are offered
the possibility to apply for fee reduction of the tuition fees. For more
information on admission for none EU applicants, click
Do I need a degree in Industrial Design to be accepted to an
The basic entry qualifications are a Bachelor degree in
Industrial Design or equivalent subject area which should include
at least 60 ECTS credits in the Design subject. Proficiency in
English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English
6/English B. If your degree does not have at least 60 credits in
the Design subject you are unfortunately not eligible to apply to a
Master programme. Besides that, each Master programme has its own
qualification requirements. In the right menu you can find
programmes, select the programme you are interested in and read the
programme information for details.
In case I'm accepted for the course, how do I find an apartment
Unlike universities in many other countries, Swedish
universities are not responsible for student accommodations. They
do not own or administer any housing facilities. Instead there are
a number of special housing foundations belonging to the Student
Since there is normally a shortage of student accommodations,
you are strongly advised to apply for a room as soon as you have
In most cases guest students admitted through special exchange
programmes will get help in finding accommodations but they should
check with their department to make sure that housing is arranged
by Umeå University.