Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
as most of the students live in ryd herrgarn is the first adress to go - also for the reasonable beer prices - on wednesday flamman serves great burger and jazz life music AND it has free entrance for exchange students all the week. downtown nationernas house is ok and there are also some non student places. but i spent most of my time in Herrgarn - international pub on tuesdays!
it is the easiest way to get a room and they are pretty good. plenty of space with own bathroom, shared kitchen and livingroom.
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if you go along with the seven other people in your corridor you can have a great time there. talks, corridor parties video sessions. it depends a lot on the corridor mates haw much you like it...i just loved my corridor
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Swedish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Swedish
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Swedish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.) My level after: At ease in most situations
Administrative / Institutional
it is hard to start speaking swedish as the swedes speak really good english...so thats much fastewr and besides there is nothing more frustrateing than trying to say something in swedish and get the response in english
Important factors in my choice (1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Party / people
Weather / location
The ESN is really good organised they will help you with most of your problems. Students life is very different to Germany and really great... lots of special parties and activities like kravall, SOF, ELINpiaden. Communication with the teacher and administration (international coordinator) is pretty good and you get a lot of help with everything.
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During my experience abroad, I ... (1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies & career
If you are open to get along with new people you will have a great time and maybe make some life long friendships. Try to travel as much as you can the country is great, dont be to shocked about the prices you will get used to it!
make up your mind if you just want to study for some credits or the expewrience or if you really want to learn something... i got the feeling that some of the courses where more to "entertain" the exchange students... but if thats what you are looking for you will have a great time!
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