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World Maritime University

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.



Established by an IMO Assembly Resolution in 1983, the aim of WMU is to further enhance the objectives and goals of IMO and IMO member states around the world through education, research, and capacity building to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans. WMU is truly an organization by and for the international maritime community.


WMU offers a unique postgraduate educational program, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and environmental studies, and continues maritime capacity building.


Research Groups:

  • MarEner
  • MER
  • MaRiSa

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Student services

In supporting the delivery of the academic programmes, Academic Services and Administrative Services provide a wide range of functions for the institution, including Registry, Student Services, Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Technology and Corporate Services.

Housing services

In the new wing, students have study-bedrooms with private bathrooms, and share large kitchens and sitting rooms. In the main building, each room is a self-contained, furnished study-bedroom, with cooking facilities and a bathroom. All rooms are connected to the Universitys wi-fi network, and so to the internet. Students are assigned their rooms by ballot.The Residence has a range of facilities, including a lounge area for social meetings or group work, study rooms for group work, a sauna, facilities for playing pool and table-tennis, laundry facilities and indoor storage space for bicycles.

Library services

The WMU Library houses approximately twenty-five thousand print titles pertinent to the study of maritime affairs. Additionally, the library subscribes to several major databases and full-text journals offering online access to scores of thousands more titles, as well as statistical and report databases of import to the maritime sector.

ICT services

If you didn't bring your laptop, borrow one of the library's Chromebooks. Log in with your WMU Gmail account, and all your Google Drive files are ready for you to work on. Your authorizations to library services are mostly automatic. You can collect PDF's, gather data in a spreadsheet, or annotate e-books.

Medical services

The University takes out medical insurance to cover treatment in Sweden, as well as emergency treatment during field studies abroad. This health insurance covers only sudden illness and accidents; it does not cover pre-existing conditions, for which you will have to meet all medical bills yourself.

Student Life

Campus life

Malmö is Swedens third largest city, situated in the southern-most province of Skåne. The centre of the city, with its pedestrianised streets, offers good shopping facilities, theatres, bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as an outstanding symphony orchestra, art galleries and museums. Although Malmö may look typically Swedish, with its parks, historic buildings and canals, it is also very cosmopolitan; around a fifth of its inhabitants were born outside Sweden, and there are representatives of over 100 different cultures among its citizens.

Sports facilities

Malmös sports provision is excellent, whether you want to watch or take part, and includes football, ice-hockey, sailing, golf, tennis and horse-riding. The city is surrounded by rolling countryside and some of the best beaches in Sweden.

Student clubs

The French Friends of WMU (Association des Amis de l'UMM) is one of the longest-established and most active of the world-wide network of WMU support associations. In recent years, their support has generously provided an annual prize – le Prix Pierre Leonard - awarded to the best female student on the Malmö MSc program, the establishment of the Pierre Houssin Room for doctoral students, and the recent decision to donate an official vehicle to the University.


The Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet) is the public agency responsible for the recognition of foreign qualifications in Sweden.

In addition, the University has been accepted as a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the US Council of Graduate Schools.

Student Reviews

My University experience in one sentence
Protais Benjamin Mugenzi rated 3 out of 5 stars

The adventure at the University was good but the lack of instruments made the practical experience less so I suggest this gets improved

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Amazing, improve my skills and learn a lot, go for an Erasmus exchange you won't regret it

The Pink city
Mirana Rabarijaona rated 5 out of 5 stars

"The pink city"... That was my first reflex when I arrived in Malmàin september 2016. Responding to the urge to give a nickname to that splendid place, I could not find anything else than pink to describe my happiness, my admiration to see the architecture and the streets, my general peace of mind. And the World Maritime University is an international diving, almost 50...

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