On this page you will find answers to some practical issues related to studies at the Department of Language Studies and the University. Lookup words are in alphabetical order, click on the links to learn more about them.
In some courses, the presence is compulsory. This is stated in the syllabus and will also be highlighted in the schedule.
If you become ill or have other valid reasons for not attending the compulsory education, it is important to you as soon as possible contact your teacher. In most cases you must submit an additional assignment.
Note, however, that in cases where attendance is compulsory there is a limit to how many sessions you can be away from. Check with your teacher.
If you submit an exam with your name despite the exam in whole or in part is written by someone else (eg if you copy text from the internet, without specifying that it is a quote without giving the source, known as plagiarism) this is called an attempt to deceive during examinations, which is a form of cheating. When such attempts are detected, the department must report them to the Vice-Chancellor.
The university has a designated disciplinary board to deal with suspicion of cheating. The Board has the right to issue a warning or a shutdown against a student who tried to mislead. A suspension means that you may not participate in education or examination and will result in you having to pay back student aid for the time you have been suspended.
All submission of written assignments at the Department of Language Studies goes via the plagiarism service Urkund. In this system, the submitted text is being compared to Internet sources and a variety of printed sources, before being sent to your teachers. When the system detects that the text is taken from any of these sources, this is indicated in the assignment so that the teacher can check if there are any referencing. Plagiarism is therefore virtually always detected. You can read more about the rules concerning written examinations in the document General information on written examinations, part 1.
When you finish a course you can request to receive a course certificate. (Delay due to work accumulation may occur.)
Note that a course certificate is issued only once and in one copy. Therefore, take copies and be sure to save the original.
If you have activated your account, you can log in to Portalen and in the page My Studies print a certificate of enrolment or a certificate of registration.
If you have activated your account with CAS login, you can apply for graduation on the page My Studies in Portalen. Otherwise, you must contact the Graduation Office at the Student Centre. Information and forms are available on this page.
If you have any disabilities you can get support in different forms in order to carry out your studies. It may involve, for example, scanned textbooks, note taking or a sign language interpreter. Get in touch with Student Services as soon as you have received your admission decision.
For issues in your working environment, i.e. things that have with working and other psychosocial aspects that do, there are several ways to make yourself heard. The easiest is talking to your teacher if you notice any flaws. If you find this difficult you can state your views in the course evaluations at the end.
Everyone can help to reduce the burden on our environment. Across the corridor from House Services at the main entrance is an environmental room in which both students and staff can throw packaging of metal, glass, plastic and cardboard in the appropriate vessels.
For magazines and paper you can find large barrels in several places in the house.
We also want to encourage students to show consideration for the cleaning staff's work environment and not leave half full coffee cups, bottles and cans etc. in classrooms.
The forms of examination is specified in your syllabus. For each course there is a scheduled regular exam, a re-examination and a second re-sit.
There is often a so-called writing schedule with time and place of all written tests in a subject.
House service has its office at the beginning of the HA2 corridor, near the main entrance of the Humanities Building. Here you can for example get a door pass or a parking pass as well as rent lockers for a shorter or longer time.
The official start of the Autumn term is 1 September 2014. The term ends on 18 January, 2015. Find more dates regarding the application process at Important dates. Start and end dates for other terms are available in the Academic Calendar.
In this department we use two different learning platforms – Cambro and Moodle. You can read about which platform is relevant to your course in your welcome letter.
As a student, you are responsible for ensuring that you have access to the literature that is listed in the syllabus. You can buy the literature at Akademibokhandeln, Rådhustorget, tel. 090-71 12 52.
All compulsory literature for undergraduate courses are also available in the Textbook Collection in the University Library (UB).
You can find a map over the university with descriptions for the different buildings, on this page.
Registration for re-examinations are mandatory and must be made no later than ten days before the exam to your study administrator.
Information about the time and form for registration is available in your welcoming letter contained in your letter of admission. Note that you must be formally registered to attend a course. Here you can find your welcoming letter.
The department has student representatives in decision-making and planning comittees. For more information, ask HumSek which is a association within Umeå studentkår.
Portalen is a personal portal – it looks different depending on who logs in. Here you find many important services for students overall – everything from information on studies to the reservation of group rooms.
In Portalen, you can change your name, address, phone, etc., see the exam results and print a course certificate. The e-mail system for students is also located here.
Each course has a syllabus which includes description of the course objectives, content and examination formats. As a student, you should know the contents of the syllabus for the course you are taking. The syllabus is also an important document when applying for a job or when you want to get credit transfers for previous studies.
Current syllabuses can be found on the University's kursplanesök, where you can search for courses with the course name, course code or department code. On our page Schedule and Syllabus you can also find syllabuses for courses aimed at our international students.
The UmU card will replace your old library, access, copying and printing card. With the UmU card you can borrow books at the library, have access to university venues after working hours. If you activate a PayEx account you can also use the card for copy and print.
As a student, you have access to the University Library's all resources such as textbooks, journals, study rooms and a presentation studio for practicing and recording of your own lectures. In the library there are also the Academic Resource Centre that offers great tips on writing as well as on study skills. More information can be found at: www.ub.umu.se.
As a student at Umeå University you will get access to a number of systems and web based services such as the learning platform Cambro, the student portal (Portalen) containing the student e-mail and study related personal services, the wireless network, and other. You also need to have activated your user account before you can get the UmU card.
You get access to these services by signing in using the central authentication service (CAS) username and password. As a new student at Umeå University, you need to first activate your user account to be able to sign in.
Before you can sign in to your user account, you need to activate it.
If you have applied to Umeå University through Universityadmissions.se and have been admitted to a course or programme, you will receive a letter sent to your registered home address from Umeå University after the second Notification of selection results, with a temporary user identity that you can use to activate your user account. You can also activate it through your user identity on Universityadmissions.se. Both ways to activate the user account can be reached via the link below.
If you have applied to Umeå University as an exchange student, you will receive information about how to activate the user account when you arrive at the university.
When you have activated your user account, you will reach the student portal (Portalen) or the learning platform (Cambro) via the sign in links to the right at the student pages.
The department's management and administration are located in the HE2 corridor in the Humanities Building. There are also some of the teachers' offices. Other teachers have their offices in the corridors HF2, HA1 and HB1.
The building's classrooms are in the corridors HB2, HC1 and HC2.
The Department has a mailbox outside the door of the HE2 corridor. Fell free to use it but remember to write your name and who the receiver is.
If you haven't received a Welcoming letter through regular mail or e-mail, you may find it at the web page for the course or programme. You will find information about how to find the Welcoming letter through the link below. In the course or programme web page, you may also find contact information to the course or programme coordinator if you have questions regarding your coming studies. Find your welcoming letter.