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UmeĂĽ Medical Sciences Student Union Presents

First aid Your guide to life as a student in UmeĂĽ


Your guide to life as student in UmeĂĽ is a small booklet helping you find your way in a new city and at a new university. It also gives you an introduction to your student rights at UmeĂĽ university.

First edition 2016

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Student unions Education and study environment  monitoring Associations within the student union Student associations at the Faculty of Medicine Other associations A student’s ABC

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Student unions

If you are a student at the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University, we are your student union. Our union has been known by many names since its foundation in 1988, when it was named Corpus. It was later changed to the Medical Student Union at Umeå University, in short MSU or just Medicinska – which is what most people call the student union today. In 2009 compulsory student union membership was abolished in Sweden, and in the same year the union was once again renamed, this time to the current name – Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union (Umeå Medicinska Studentkår), and a new logo was adopted. While our main focus is education monitoring, the union also organise social activities, primarily through Kårhuset Villan which is a completely voluntarily run student pub. We also have the associations known as Mästerier, which have distinct focuses on sport, board games and “fest” which includes social gatherings, dinners and parties. We also have a union magazine, et al., that publishes articles and chronicles which are of interest for our students. Our newest addition is the section for students who are also doing research – ForskSek. You can read more about all these associations and groups on coming pages. Distinguishing for our student union is that all involved students, including the chair and members of the union board are full-time students. At other unions at the university the members of the union boards are studying at varying paces while managing the union responsibilities. We hope that you will thrive with us and that your membership will give you added value during your time as a student at Umeå University!

I. How the student union influences your education

The student union’s primary objective is to conduct educational and working environment monitoring at Umeå University. This is done through so-called study councils where one to three representatives from each course is represented. There is one stuent council per program council. Representatives from each student council meet at the Educational Rights Council (Utbildningsbevakningsrådet) which is an internal assembly for education monitoring spanning over more than one program. Members of the student union board represent the students at the Faculty of Medicine in different committees and bodies within the university and Västerbotten’s county and thus can present the student’s opinions, needs and visions.

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II. Why should you become a member of the student union?

The student union’s main task is to monitor the education at all programs, for all students, at the Faculty of Medicine including the doctoral program. We work to maintain a high quality of programs and courses, and to do as good a job as possible we need as many students’ opinions as possible. The more members that we have, the more opportunity we have as a union to influence the university. In addition, more members mean a better opportunity to enrich the student life with more student social activities. By becoming a member of the union you show that you care about the quality of your education. Also, by becoming a member of the Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union you get the following benefits: • An enriched student social life as you get to take part in activities such as: * SpelMästeriet (Organises regular meetings for students interested in board games) * SportMästeriet (Organises sport activities such as football tournaments and ski trips. * FestMästeriet (Organises social activities such as brunches, parties and dinners) * ForskSek (Organises activities related to research) * The student union magazine et al. * Special events that we organize such as waffle day and Cinammonbun-day •  Information that provides an overview of your rights and easily accessible information about matters that could affect your education. •  The ability to engage yourself in educational monitoring through various agencies such as the student council, the student union committee and the student union board. •  Free legal advice from the University law association if the need should arise •  The opportunity to participate in the union’s election committee. •  Applying for funds from the union to partially fund an activity that will benefit union members such as dinners, guest lectures or fika •  Visiting Kårhuset Villan and the other student pubs on campus (Origo, E-puben, Skogis) as you get the union-ID from us •  Discounted entry to activities that are co-organised by the three unions at Umeå University: such as the Umeå University spring ball and various shows such as “Spex” and StandUp. You also have the opportunity to take part in organising the above activities, if it interests you. Profile Products and discounts: • You can buy Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union products such as our own backpacks and hoodies, our songbook Canticum and clothbags. • Cinema tickets at a discounted price • IKSU discount (union discount on top of the ordinary student discount)

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Whether you choose to become a member or not, you are always welcome to contact the union if you have questions about your education or if you need assistance related to any problems, including maltreatment/discrimination.

III. Registered Member – what happens now?

Once you register and pay your membership fee you become a member of the student union. If you do it at the union offices you will get a receipt to use as a proof of membership while you wait for your Mecenat card to arrive to the address that you have provided. If you download the Mecenat app on your phone you can access your membership card digitally as soon as your payment is processed. Along with you card you will also get a code you can use to log in to our self-service system, so that you can change your contact details and other aspects of your membership, including renewing your membership in the future. Please visit medicinska.se/en for more information on becoming a member.

IV. Are there other student unions at Umeå University?

At Umeå University there are actually three student unions. Umeå Student union (US) for those who are studying at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Sports (Idrottshögskolan), College of Fine Arts, School of Education or School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts. Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology (NTK) assemble students of the Facult of Science, School of Architecture and Design School. Finally, Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union, for us who study at the Faculty of Medicine.

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Education and study environment monitoring

The focus of Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union is to monitor the quality of education and the study environment of all programs and courses at the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University. To ensure that the monitoring is efficient every program has a student council where representatives from each year or term of the program meet regularly to discuss and evaluate the education quality and the study environment. Representatives from each student council represent the students from the program in the program council, the Educational rights council (Utbildningsbevakningsrådet) and the Union Assembly. At the Faculty of Medicine the working/study environment monitoring is co-ordinated by the main study environment union representative (Huvudstuderandeskyddsombud, HSAMO). This HSAMO is part of the union board and represents the students against the faculty and the university, as well as in the working environment committee and in the group ensuring equal terms (gruppen för lika vilkor). The HSAMO also take part in the university’s and the municipality’s safety inspections. Thus if there are areas on campus where you feel unsafe you can inform the HSAMO. In every student council there is an elected SAMO (studerandeskyddsombud), a class representative who also takes on the role of collecting information regarding the working/study environment at the program and reporting it to the HSAMO, as well as finding ways to improve it. Every three years, the three student unions (UMS, US and NTK) write a joint student union writ to the university wherein the current opinion of the students on the education quality and working and study environment is presented, and both positive and negative aspects are highlighted. This writ then provides the base for the continued work for improvement over the coming three years.

I. Study councils

The student councils’ role is to help monitor the quality of education at the individual student/ program level. Every council consists of 1-2 representatives from every class/ semester that are elected by the class every semester. At the student council meetings, the quality of education and the working environment is discussed at the program level and the student council has the possibility to raise its opinions at different levels within the faculty and the university depending on the matter. Student councils can contact the union board through the union board member who is their contact person or at the Education-monitoring council (further explained in the next section). All student councils have a council chair who leads the meetings and plans for future meetings. Minutes are taken at every meeting to ensure transparency.

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Currently there are student councils for all programs at the Faculty of Medicine, however not all programs have their own student council. This is due to the fact that certain programs combine to form one program council and thus the student councils are also compiled of class representatives from every involved program. Every student council also elects a SAMO, a title given to the student responsible for monitoring the working/ study environment. Possible questions that the SAMO can face are: lack of lunch rooms, problems with lecture halls or the accessibility to microwaves. This student can contact the HSAMO and together they work to improve conditions for the students.

II. Education monitoring council (UBR)

To coordinate and monitor the education monitoring at all programs at the Faculty of Medicine, the union board has a council consisting of representatives from every student council within UmeĂĽ Medical Sciences Student Union. The assignment of the education monitoring council is to act as a forum for discussion for all student councils and to discuss questions that affect several programs at the faculty. It is also a way for the union board to gauge opinions and information regarding current topics. Every study council sends 1-3 representatives to the education monitoring council. The education monitoring council convenes as needed, usually three times per semester. Becoming a representative within UBR is a fantastic way to meet other students who are involved and to meet students from other programs, take part in and help drive change for questions that are central to the student union and to affect the education monitoring that the union is doing towards the faculty and the rest of the university.

III. Student cases

Sometimes things do not go as planned, and this can be true both for students, teachers or others involved in the education at the university. Among other things, the union exists to help you answer questions regarding your education, your rights and your responsibilities as a student, and to help you sort out the trickier situations within your education. This can be questions regarding rules, for example, if an exam is not returned within the proper period or if you feel like someone at the university has treated you wrongly. No questions are too big or too small, and we assure to give you quick answers! To be able to evaluate the compliance of the University in following the rules (or how often rules are broken) all student unions at the university keep a Student case diary. This is compiled every three years and is among other things used as a base for the student unions’ writ (studentkürsskrivelse) which is written and handed over to the University. All case information is anonymized, which means that it is not possible to trace the individual or the group that reported the student case.

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IV.Your rights

Before a course starts A syllabus (kursplan) for the course should be available at least four weeks before the course starts, and a list of the literature used for the course should be included. The method/-s of examination are also to be stated in the syllabus. A schedule should be accessible at least four weeks before the start of the course. The mandatory elements of the course should be clearly stated in the schedule. Internships/ VFU’s that does not require you to move from your campus should be announced at least two weeks before the internship starts. However, does the internship demand a temporary move to another location this has to be announced at least a month before the internship starts. Examinations For an element to be mandatory it has to be of an examining nature such as laborations, clinical teaching, seminars or group exercises. In addition, teaching that due to its nature cannot be replaced by other studies can be made mandatory. Regular tests should normally be scheduled during daytime, Monday through Friday in connection to the course and not on the weekends. In the event of sickness or other issue which may cause delays, the Institutions is obliged to find other solutions. When writing your thesis you cannot have the same person as supervisor and examiner. If problems arise, you are entitled to judicial review for switching to another supervisor / examiner. Concerning exams All exams written at Umeü University have to be coded. The faculty board can make exceptions if special reasons occur and it is clearly stated in the course-outline. At a written exam, the student must be present at the exam hall at least 15 minutes before the starting time of the exam. The teacher for the course decides what aids are allowed at the exam. Pens/pencils, erasers, rulers, medicines, earplugs, glasses without case and food/snacks without obstructive packages are always allowed. Exam results are to be announced at the most 15 working days after the exam has taken place. When the course is finished A course evaluation shall take place at the end of each course. The result of this shall be announced to those who have finished the course as well as those who are about to start the course. The grade of an exam is final but you can ask the examiner to reconsider that decision. We recommend that you do not take home the original copy of the exam if you wish

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for the examiner to take a second look at it. You can instead go through the exam at the course secretary’s office or request a copy to take with you. A re-sit will be offered within two months of a regular examination, however, a re-sit should not be scheduled earlier than ten working days after the results of the regular test was announced and a copy of the student’s exam available. For exams in May och July a re-sit should be offered within three months. Moreover, at least one more re-sit should be offered within one year from which the regular examination took place. The same rule is applied to all examinations, including case seminars etc. Study environment Students are equated to employees in the Work environment act (with a few exceptions). The criteria for a good working environment is found in the Environment Acts second chapter and based on this text you can set the following requirements for a good study and work environment: • • • • •

A healthy and safe environment Ability to learn and develop Meaningful and engaging lectures, study and work The right to participate in shaping the structure of the studies and content Possibility of personal responsibility, cooperation and fellowship with other students

Whom to speak to when problems occur? Each class has a class representative who represents you in the student council. There you can discuss thoughts and opinions about the courses and the program. If a general problem occurs during an ongoing course you should speak with the coordinator of that course. For minor issues you should speak to the teacher that is involved in that part of the course. If the problem is not resolved you can contact the union at utbildning@medicinska.se.

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Associations within the student union

For more information about the associations within the student union please check out our website, www.medicinska.se/en/. There you will also finde information about upcoming events and how to get involved. Kårhuset Villan (the union house Villan) is our voluntarily run union house where the union’s events such as pubs, dinnerparties (sittning) and parties are organized. Every week a pub and sittning schedule is posted on Kårhuset Villan’s facebook page and on the calendar at medicinska.se. If you are interested to take a chance standing behind the bar or joining the fantastic gang managing the event behind the scenes - you are warmly welcome to sign up for a session! It will be a fantastic introduction to a great group of people and your chance to join the wonderful Villan family! FestMästeriet is a group that arranges the festivities of the union and if it had a similar branch on goverment level it would probably have been called the ”festivities department”. Every year, the FestMästare (people running the FestMästeri) organise events for the union members such as parties, brunches and dinners! It even helps members plan their own events. SportMästeriet is the group that organises the sport events for union members such as football tournaments and sport trips. It both organise events and helps members manage and plan their own events. SpelMästeriet is a group that arrange regular meetings for all students interested in, or who wants to try, playing board games. Union magazine ”et al.” is a magazine managed by a group of capable authors who along with the main editor, publisher and art director make up the editorial team. They publish about four issues a year about interesting themes and events that are of interest to all students at the Faculty of Medicine. At least one article per issue is in English. If you are interested in contributing through photographies or text, you are warmly welcome to contact the chief editor. Vårbalskommittén (Spring ball committee) arranges Umeå University’s spring ball which is a recurring event every spring session and is held for all students (no matter which year you are studying).The event is managed by a small group of students and takes place in april or may, but planning starts already in late autumn. Sektion för Forskande Studenter (Section for students who do research on the side of studies) is a study-social association with the goal of promoting and helping students who would like to research. Activities of the association including organising lectures on how to start researching during studies and making lists of research mentors at different institutions who are looking for students who would like to research.

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Student associations at the Faculty of Medicine Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union (UMS, aka Medicinska) The student union representing the students at the Faculty of Medicine. Its primary objective is education monitoring and is the only organisation that has the right to appoint student representatives in the university councils and committes and thus has a major influence on the university. Sveriges läkarförbund student (Previously MSF or Medicinstuderandes förbund) The union and professional organisation for medical student, is a part of The Swedish Medical Association (SMA). It is not a part of the student union and has its own membership fee. The association’s objective is to help and support you in the transition between work and studies. UMS and Sveriges läkarförbund student work together to give you the best possible years at Umeå University. MF (Medicinska föreningen) Is an association that previously existed in Umeå. This assoication is now part of the student union. OF (Odontologiska föreningen) Is the oldest study-social association at the university. OF is the association for all odontology students at Umeå University – such as dental students, dental hygienist students and tooth technician students. A membership in OF requires a membership in UMS. Norra Studerandeföreningen Is the union and professional organisation for dental students, is a part of The Swedish Dental Association. Vårdförbundet student Is the union and professional organisation for students in nursing, midwifery, radiography and biomedical laboratory science. Vårdförbundet student is a part of The Swedish Association of Health Professionals.

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Other associations

The student union is not the only association that you can be involved in. There are a lot of associations and groups here that are student driven or are aimed at students. Below is a short presentation: Medicinarspexet (MESK, the UMS spex group) Founded in 1983, this is a 32 year old association whose main focus is spex. So what is a spex? A spex is a interactive production consisting of music, dance, song and theatre where the audience gets to join in. And putting it up is a fantastic group of ”scene-constructionists”, ”makeup-artists”, ”orchestra”, ”sound and light group”, ”script group”, ”producers”, ”comittee” and a whole lot more! So do join us in putting up next autmn’s production. For more information check out: https://www.facebook.com/medicinarspexetMESK/ or mail: mesk.styrelsen@gmail.com.

Föreningen Umespexarna One of the two association in Umeå organising spex (a theater production consisting of acting, singing, dancing) and where well known stories are turned and churned and made even more enjoyable. The association consists of 70-90 members and is a fantastic way to meet and hang out with new people, sing, dance, make the decorations or the constumes, plan the parties and have a lot of fun. You can look them up on facebook or contact: styrelsen.umespexarna@gmail.com

Umeå Studentkör One of the main student choirs in Umeå and another fantastic way to have fun and get to know others. For more information contact: insjungning@umeastudentkor.se. You can also read up on: umeastudentkor.se or on the facebook page: www.facebook.com/ umeastudentkor

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Is a voluntary association that is a part of and works closely with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations which exists in a few hundred countries. It works with clinical and research exchanges, human rights and peace questions, public health as well as reproductive health at seven university towns in Sweden. Studysocial assocations in Umeå LIVH (Läkar- och vårdstudenter Informerar om Vård och Hälsa) Is an organisation which in simple Swedish informs newly arrived swedes at SFI about health and illness and how the health care in Sweden is organised. All health care students are welcome! Genusgruppen IFMSA Norr Welcomes all intressed in questions about equality. The group meets to increase their knowledge about the subject, plan education monitoring as well as for fika and enjoying each other’s company. Kärleksakuten Come by our meetings to talk about sexuality, relationships and the norms in society and how they affect us. Meetings always have a theme and offer home-made vegan food. Normally the meets are in Swedish, but you can contact them for more imformation at: intern.ka.norr@gmail.com or facebook.com/groups/karleksakutenumea Vård för alla! This is a group that works to educate ourselves as well as to educate healthcare professions and to work for a less discriminatory health-care system. If you are planning become a health care professional and are passionate about human rights, this is the group for you! Contact: papperslosa.norr@ifmsa.se or Facebook: IFMSA vård för alla/ papperslösas rätt till vård. Utrikespolitiska Föreningen (the foreign politics association) Organises interesting lectures, documentaries, social activities and gives out a magazine every semester as well as organises a major foreign trip every year. Our idea is to spread knowledge about the world around us and to function as a forum for foreign-political debates. Contact us for more information at: FB: facebook.com/upf.umea Mail: ordf@upfu.org Web:upfu.org

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Nationskören Welcome to Nationskören! A choir for students and non-students and requires no previous experience. We sing Mondays 17.15-19.30 at Lärarhusets Ljusgård på Campus.There are three trial sessions at the start of every semester after which you can choose to become a member for 200kr/semester (covers the cost of notes and fika for the semester). At the end of the semester we have a concert as well as have social events such as hangouts and sittnings. Contact us: Facebook – search for “Nationskören”. Mail: nationskorenume@gmail.com. Snösvänget och Baletten Sparketten Umeå’s biggest, best and only student orchestra is looking for new musicians. Do YOU like having fun? We do too! So brush off the dust off your old instrument and join us for a song! If you instead like enjoying the music with your body – welcome to our own dance group: Sparketten! We are at the Lärarhuset (Teacher’s building) on campus every Wednesday at 18:00 - so if you are curious, it is just to show up! We offer fika! For more information check out: www.snosvanget.se or mail us at: snow@acc.umu.se

Uman Förstahjälpenkrets (Uman First Aid group, part of the Swedish Red Cross) We are on the lookout for more first aid worker for our first-aid group in Umeå! We consist of about 30 active volunteers and we pitch in at different kinds of events such as festivals and roller derbys. As a first aid volunteer – you will get a thorough training which will prepare you for your role. This is a fantastic and meaningful activity wherein you have the possibility to truly help others. For more information, do check out: www.uman.nu or contact us at: info@uman.nu Lappkast A Ski association perfect for the snow-crazy student. We organise activities such as trips to the Alps. If you love snow and being out in the nature, check out our facebook page: www.facebook.se/lappkast or send a mail to lappkast@live.com.

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A student’s ABC

A summary of some words that you encounter as a student in Umeå. Adressändring (Address change) If you move you have to inform the student union as our register isn’t based on the public register. Akademiska hus The company that owns and maintains almost the entire university’s premises. The university also rents premises from the county (Landstingen) and the Baltic group. Akademisk kvart (Academic quater) A tradition which exist at many universities and mean that lectures and seminars start 15 minutes after the stated time. Watch out though, while it is practised in some courses and programs, it is not accepted in all. Akutrumsförmedlingen A cooperation between the municipality and the student unions which helps students who haven’t found housing at the start of the semester. For more information, contact our offices or directly contact akutrumsförmedlingen.You’ll find more information here: umebo.montania.se. Bibliotek (Library) There are three university libraries in Umeå and one in Örnsköldsvik.There’s the medical library located at the Umeå University Hospital and the main university library located in the Social Sciences building as well as the university library on Umeå arts campus. Then there’s also the Umeå city library located in the Kulturväven beside the river in central Umeå. Bilaterala utbyten (Bilateral exchanges) Means that the university has a partner university in another country. Students from both universities can apply for exchange to the other university. Bildmuseet Umeå University’s own museum, located on the arts campus. The museum exhibits contemporary international art, photography, architecture, design and other forms of visual culture, along with art historical retrospectives.

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Biografer (Cinemas) Currently Umeå has two cinemas, Filmstaden and Folketsbio. Filmstaden is a commercial cinema and show mostly blockbusters. Folketsbio which is a voluntarily run culture association located at Kulturväven and show mostly artistic and foreign films. Did you know that you as a union member, can buy movie tickets for discounted prices at the union offices? Brännboll Is a sport, quite similar to baseball that is very popular in Umeå. Ther is a yearly tournament called Brännbollsyran held since 1975, in the last weekend of May in Umeå , and has had world championship status since 1997. There are about 7500 participants every year. The tournament evenings end in parties and celebrations where the whole student town comes to life. Bussar (Buses) Is the only way of communal travel within Umeå. The city buses traffic the streets of Umeå through most of the day. The city traffic as well as the airport shuttle is managed by Ultra buses. But if you, in the unlikely event, would like to leave Umeå, the bus options that you have are Y-buss, Swebus or Länstrafiken. Caféer och restauranger (Cafés and restaurants) Cafés and restaurants are common on both Campus, Umeå city and at the hospital. Many of these offer either student discount or student friendly prices. Campus Refers to the main university area and the Umeå University hospital. Umeå University also has a campus in Skellefteå and Örsköldsvik as well as the arts campus located in central Umeå. CSN (Centrala studiestödsnämnden) Is the Swedish government authority that manages and grants financial aid to Swedish students. International students are genereally only entitled to financial aid if they are residing in Sweden on other grounds than studies. For more information, contact CSN. Cyklar (Bicycles) Umeå students use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Umeå has a fantastic and well developed network of bicycle paths and you can basically go everywhere in town on a bicycle. The market for second-hand bikes is big, so you can easily find a cheap bike. Just remember that bike thefts are quite common so a good lock is essential. Do remember to wear a helmet! Dekanus, Dekan (The Dean) Refers to the head of the faculty board.

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Disciplinnämnden (Disciplinary council) Is a council that manages suspensions, exclusions and cheating. The council consists of among others, the university lawyer, but also student representatives. Dispens (Exemption) Can be offered to students who hasn’t fullfilled the criteria of a course, so that the student may still continue taking a course while studying to be eligible. Disputation (dissertation) When a PhD student presents and publically defends their thesis. Distansutbildning (distance learning) Is an education which is partially or completely partaken at any location, requiring some to zero meetings. As a distance student, you are eligible for reduced membership fee from the student union. Doktorand (Postgraduate) Is a student that is studying towards a PhD or licentiate. They can also be involved in the teaching of undergraduate students. Doktorandtjänst (PhD-position) Can be applied for by a research student (PhD-student) where the education is financed through the position. It consists of a 4 year employment. Doktorsavhandling (doctoral dissertation) Is the scientific dissertation that the PhD student must defend to receive their PhD. Doktorspromotionen This is a solemn gathering at Aula Nordica where those who have received their PhD degrees during the year receive the ceremonial diploma, hat/ laurel wreath and ring. It normally takes place during the spring and the university always searches for students who would like to be student marshals for these occasions. Dugga Is a smaller exam (lower in consequence than an exam, tenta). These don’t have to be compulsory or of an examining nature, but in case they are, they have to follow the rules for examinations. Examen (diploma, degree) Is recevied on completion of an education.There are different kinds of degrees: 120 HP is required for a högskoleexamen, 180 HP for a bachelor’s degree (kandidatexamen) and 300 HP for a master’s degree (masterexamen). Most of the degrees at Faculty of Medicine the are referred to as vocational qualifications (yrkesexamen), meaning you meet the qualifications for a certain profession.

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Fadder Is often an older student at the same program who helps you get accustomed life in Umeå and guides you through the initiation weeks. Other synonyms for faddrar are: Phösare or Sparvar. Fakulteten (faculty) Is a collective organisation for closely related departments of education and research. At Umeå University there are four faculties: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Medicine; Social Sciences; and Science and Technology.There is also Umeå School of Education which is a similar organisational unit. Fakultetsnämnden (Faculty board) Is the faculty’s decision making board and responsible for undergraduate education, postgraduate education, and research within their respective area of study. At least three members of the Faculty Board are required to be students. Festivaler (Festivals) Are also quite popular in Umeå. Among the biggest of these are: Brännbollsyran, Umeå Open och House of Metal. Folkuniversitetet Is Umeå Student Union and Umeå University’s adult education association (studieförbund). It organizes courses and study circles which you can partake in on top of your university studies. Fika A typically Swedish phenomenon which refers to the coffee, often accompanied by something sweet which is enjoyed at regular intervals throughout the day. Fika is a way to disconnect from work for a moment and get to know you fellow students and colleagues, find your energy so that you can once again be fully focused and productive in your work. Forskarutbildning (Doctoral studies) Studies at advanced level that require atleast 240 HP. Föreläsning (Lectures) The classical form of teaching at universities. They are conducted for large groups, sometimes hundreds of students. Lectures are often an introduction or summary of a subject to help you with your reading. Lectures can’t be compulsory.

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Försäkring (Insurance) Is directly provided for you as a student through personal insurance via kammarkollegiet which covers you while you are at as well as on the way to and from the university premises. For other insurances we recommend you to contact an insurance agency. Many offer student prices, so do ask about that. Also don’t forget to get home insurance! Funktionshinder (disability) Shouldn’t be an obstacle for university studies. The university should offer support and help so that studies can be undertaken. Idrottshögskolan (College of sports) In Umeå is a way to combine elite sports while pursuing university studies. It also conducts extensive research within sport medicine. IKSU (pronounced ixu) stands for IdrottsKlubben Studenterna i Umeå (sports club for students in Umeå) and manages the big training center located on campus. There are also centers located close to the arts campus and in Umedalen. Did you know that you can get a union discount at IKSU? Institutioner/enheter (departments/units) Are different forms of organisation within the university. An institution/department is a unit that conducts research and education within a specific area. It can be then divided into even more specific units. Kurser (course) The smallest unit of a university education. Many courses make up a program. Courses are always examined, either through one or many examining segements. Kursplan (Syllabus) The judicially binding document that determines the course contents as well as what will be examined. It also contains entry requirements for the course, parts in the course and the expected study results. Kåravgift (The student union membership fee) Is the fee paid to the union. Can be paid for a semester or a year at a time. It is no longer compulsory to pay the membership fee or be part of the union but being a member offer you certain advantages such as discounts and opportunities to take part in activities organized by the union. To seek help from the union regarding your education you don’t have to be a member.

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Kårexpeditionen (union offices) Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union offices are found on the first floor of Kårhuset Villan (up the stairs to the right) and are staffed by the office staff every mon-fri between 10-13, Here you can buy profile products or get answers to questions regarding your membership. Kårfullmäktige (The student union Assembly) Is the highest decision making body of the student union. Kårhusen Can be translated as the union pubs. Currently there are four: Kårhuset Villan, E-puben, Origo och Skogis. Kårstyrelsen (the student union board) The union’s executive body . Kårval (the student union elections) Held yearly wherein members have the possibility to vote for who should be part of the union assembly. LADOK or Lokalt Adb-baserat DOKumentationssystem The system used to register your grades as a student. It also stores other information that the university has about you such as your residential address. If you change your social security number during your stay rember to contact your department to have it changed in LADOK as well. Norrlands universitets sjukhus (Umeå University Hospital) Is Sweden’s biggest hopsital north of Uppsala and where the majority of the students of the Faculty of Medicine undergo their clinical education. Overaller (Overalls) Currently most popular amongst the science and technology students, but are used by nursing and economic students too, where each program is represented by a different color. Mottagning Refers to the initiation/welcoming of the new students that the older students of a program organise. It’s a selection of activities, challenges and games – all to offer the students a chance to get to know and bond with classmates and students on other programs. Prefekt The head of the department and responsible for the study/working environment of the students at the department

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Prorektor (Deputy-vice-chancellor) Depty for the vice-chancellor and has different responsibilities depending on the term of office. Registrering (Registration) When you confirm that you will be taking a course or a program. Normally done on the first day of the course through the roll-call or through Portalen on the internet. You should be informed well in advance on how to register for the courses that you are accepted to. Rektor (Vice-chancellor) The authority manager at the university Seminarium (Seminar) A way of teaching wherein the participants of the course discuss with the person conducting the seminar to improve understading. These can be a method of examination, but doesn’t have to be. Skywalk A way of keeping your nose from freezing during the cold winter months are to use the glace walkways connecting the different buildings of the university

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Studenthälsan (Student health service) Works with health promotion and prevention for students and is located at Infocenter on the ground floor at Universum on campus. Studentombud An elected student, often a member of the student union board who deals with student inquiries. Tentamen (Examination) Can be either written or oral and is usually at the end of a course. Termin (Semester) Half a study year (läsår) and at a study rate of hundred percent is equal to 30 HP or 20 weeks. Umeå Naturvetare och teknologkår (Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology) Founded at the same time as Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union, in 1998. There union offices are located at the MIT building. Umeå Studentkår (Umeå Student union) The student union that manages the education monitoring at the faculties of Arts and humanities and Social sciences and at the School of education. Universum Building in the centere of campus which house Infocenter, Student health service, Aula Nordica and lunch resturants. Universitetsstyrelsen (University board) The highest decisionmaking body at the university where the students are represented through the chairs of each student union. Utbildningsbevakning (Education monitoring) The most important assignment of the student unions, where the goal is to consistently increase the quality of the education and protect student rights. Utbildningsplan (The education plan) The document that regulates the content in every program. Vårbalen (The spring ball) A yearly fine dancing gala organized as a partnership project by the three student unions at Umeå University.

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First aid - Your guide to life as a student in Umeå  
First aid - Your guide to life as a student in Umeå  

English version of your guide to life as a student i Umeå.

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