Application and Eligibility

Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design, 120 credits

Programme Starts: Autumn Term 2022
Type of studies: 100%, Daytime
Study location: Umeå
Language: English

Eligibility: A Bachelor´s degree of at least 180 ECTS with a main field of study in Architecture and submitted work samples/portfolio. English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6.

Selection: Selection among qualified applicants is based upon submitted portfolio. Application is made in two steps. Step 1: through the national online application service Step 2: Portfolio sent to Umeå School of Architecture. More information about portfolio submission below.

International admission round

Application code: UMU-M5032
Number of places:  30

Application: The first admission round is open between October 16 and January 15. To apply, visit

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Application code: UMU-05032
Number of places:  30

Application: The online application opens March 15 2022. Apply at Application deadline is April 19, 2022.


First or second admission round?

All international students are highly encouraged to apply during the First (main) admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester.


Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.



Submission of work samples is required when applying to our Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design.


Your portfolio should contain a selection of projects that display and communicate your capabilities and skills in architecture. It should show your working process, how you develop your ideas, as well as your ability to reflect critically about your work and its social, political and ethical dimensions.

Include a short description of the context in which each work has been produced (e.g. assignment, requirements, prerequisites, etc.).


  • Your portfolio must be submitted digitally as one (1) document in PDF format.

  • The file size may not exceed 10 Mb.

  • Your full name, e-mail address and application number must be stated on the first page of your portfolio.

  • Indicate if the work has been produced independently or in collaboration.

  • Specify if some of the work has been produced during an internship or while working as a professional.

Please note

  • Make sure to strictly follow the requirements above otherwise your application will be marked as ineligible.

  • Do not send a hard copy of your portfolio by regular post. It will neither be assessed nor approved.


Submission of portfolio

Your digital portfolio must be sent by email directly to Umeå School of Architecture (not to University Admissions in Sweden).

Submission deadline

Portfolios must be submitted no later than the deadline for receipt of application fee/document you're not required to pay the fee. See  key dates and deadlines at the University Admissions website.

The portfolio e-mail address is