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The World Maritime University (WMU) was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as its premier centre of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building.

The University offers unique postgraduate educational programmes, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and ocean-related studies, and continues maritime capacity building in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

One of the reasons for the establishment of the University was to increase the number of highly qualified specialist maritime personnel in all countries across the world, and in particular developing countries. With such specialists, international maritime Conventions can be implemented for the benefit of the whole global community. Maritime safety can be improved, the marine environment better protected, and international shipping and ports made more efficient. Specialists in developing countries can make sure that economic growth in the maritime field is sustainable, with integrated planning for the oceans allowing each sector to develop in a mutually reinforcing manner.

Beyond these immediate practical aims, the University is a forum for people of many nationalities in both the student body and the faculty to participate in teaching and learning. Our goals are to foster tolerance, to encourage international co-operation, to solve international maritime problems, and to co-ordinate action internationally.

WMU educates people for the benefit of their countries. Our students benefit from the postgraduate maritime education we offer. As WMU graduates, they return to their home countries and, in turn, transfer their newly gained expertise to colleagues, helping their nations to achieve the highest practicable standards in maritime transportation and development.


Scholarships & funding

If you cannot secure funding in your home country, you can be considered for one of the fellowships granted via WMU by international donors. The majority of these fellowships cover the full costs of studying at the University: the University fee, accommodation at the residence, a monthly living allowance, and an air ticket home after graduation. Others cover only the University fee.

Your employer’s commitment to your studies is vital; the donors expect your employer to buy your initial plane ticket to come to Sweden, and to employ you in a suitable position after graduation. The donors have established the criteria that they use when considering applicants: awards are usually restricted to government employees from the least developed countries who are aged under 40.

Some donors give priority to certain regions, to certain specializations or to women. Detailed information about academic qualifications, including English language test scores, IT skills, professional track record and anticipated employment after graduation are taken into account by donors, along with your motivational statement.

For more information and for blank forms for applying for financial support, please see the University website.


Hear from WMU students and faculty about the benefits of studying at the World Maritime University - a highly specialized, global centre of excellence recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations General Assembly. WMU plays a significant role in maritime and ocean education, research, capacity-building and economic development while promoting the roles of women in the maritime and ocean sectors.

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Awards & Accreditations

association member

International Association of Maritime Universities

association member

European University Association

Association member

International Association of Universities

msc & phd in maritime affairs

Accredited by ZEvA

Student lifestyle

As a member of the WMU community, you can benefit from a broader experience both as a professional and as an individual. The University offers you the chance to establish friendships with people from all over the world, and to become, temporarily, a member of Swedish society. It is essential that students take full advantage of all that their time at WMU has to offer.

Students at WMU have a voice in the affairs of the University through the Student Council, which has special officers responsible for all areas of student life, from sports activities to academic affairs. You can get involved in all the things that interest you.

You might want to bring your national dress with you when you come to Malmö – you will be asked on a number of occasions to represent your country while you are here, and many students are proud to wear their national dress.


WMU is able to provide excellent student accommodation at the Henrik Smith Residence, run by on-site staff, at a rent of approximately SEK 5,200 (2020 figure) per month. All WMU students can be accommodated on one site, although during the First Term, high-demand period students are likely to be required to share a room. The Henrik Smith Residence is less than three kilometres from the main University building, and only a short walk or bus-ride to the centre of Malmö.

The Residence has a range of facilities, including a lounge area for social meetings or group work, study rooms for group work, facilities for playing pool and table-tennis, a sauna, laundry facilities and indoor storage space for bicycles.


World Maritime University

World Maritime University
Fiskehamnsgatan 1
211 18 Malmö

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