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To begin the application process, please submit your interest enquiry through the Apply Online page. Once you have submitted the necessary information, a member of our enrolment team will get in touch with you to proceed with your child’s enrolment.
Below, you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions regarding admissions.
If you cannot find the answer to your question, please send us a message via our contact page or send a mail directly to admissions(at)steameducation.se.
BIS-Umeå Admissions FAQs
The admissions categories are as follows:
- Students who are resident in Sweden for a confirmed limited period of time.
- Students who have attended school abroad for a major part of their education and therefore have a reason to fulfil his/her education in an International School in Sweden.
- Students who are currently living in Sweden but are planning to leave Sweden for a longer period of time.
- Students who speak the language of the school daily with one or both parents/caretakers and has sufficient language skills to participate in the education.
Our admissions policy is in accordance with Chapter 24 Section 3 of the Swedish Education Act.
Our policy is to place students in their age-appropriate grade level. We also take into consideration a student’s previous school experience. This is done on a case by case basis looking at formal years of schooling rather than ability in subject areas. We do not have an entrance test but assess students in their initial weeks on a range of measures to ensure they are fitting in to the program. Students will be placed in year groups according to their date of birth. Our academic year cut off date is 31st August.
In my home country students begin school a year earlier than at BIS-Umeå, how do you accommodate this?
At BIS-Umeå we will have students who come from all over the world with a wide range of school experiences. We aim to differentiate the academic level of the work within the class to meet the needs of the individual. In some cases, and after our assessment and observation of a student we may discuss (with the parents) the possibility of moving the student into another grade level.
The school does accept students with limited English language and our Individual Needs department supports children who need help learning the English language, either as beginners or as developing English speakers. The school’s Individual Needs Coordinator meets with all new admissions and carries out an informal baseline assessment to establish the level of language support required. Support may be given individually, in small groups or within the main classroom environment and the school may also recommend additional language support, for which the parents will be responsible.
In Sweden, the academic year begins in August and concludes in June. The academic year is divided into two terms. The Autumn Term runs from August to December and the Spring Term is from January to June. Please see the SCHOOL CALENDER for specific start dates and holidays.
We are accepting applications for the school year 2020/2021 and will also accept students at any time during the school year if there are openings in a class. BIS-Umeå therefore tries to meet the needs of all students whenever they arrive.
International work assignments can be short notice and short term. BIS-Umeå therefore accepts students for periods as short as three months duration.
Parents (or the company commissioning the short-term placement) will need to pay the full term school fee to cover the necessary resources for the placement at BIS-Umeå.
Our school is academically non-selective, and we have team of Individual Needs teachers and assistants who provide support for children who experience mild learning difficulties. We do not, however, have the facilities to cater for the needs of those who require intensive or extended programmes of educational support. Children applying with specific support needs will be assessed by the Individual Needs Coordinator to ensure that the school is able to offer an appropriate programme of learning.
The educational programme of the BIS-Umeå is based on the British educational system. Our Year 12 and 13 students have a range of options to choose from, including A-Levels, BTECs, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).
We place great value on the importance of language and do our best to help support students maintain their mother tongue. We have a wide range of after-school Language Clubs which specialise in this in our Junior Schools. In the Senior School, our Native Speaker Programme provides support both during and outside of standard lesson time.
The British System is organised in year groups, these year groups are then arranged into ‘key stages’ which go together to make up the structure of the curriculum.
Whether you think you may be relocating to Sweden in the future, or if you live here already and are just exploring alternatives, we welcome you to contact us. We are happy to help with even the most tentative of enquiries so please do not hesitate to contact us. We will arrange personal tours for parents or families at any point throughout the year.