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Växjö Universitet

Växjö University, 351 95 Växjö, Sweden, Vaxjo
4.15 / 5 based on 492 reviews.
Description:
Växjö University, the second largest university in southern Sweden with more than 10,000 students, is well known for its strong international profile. Student and faculty exchange involve a number of universities all over the world, especially through active participation in various student exchange programmes NORDPLUS, SOCRATES/ERASMUS, ISEP as well as through bilateral university agreements.Our commitment to international relations is demonstrated by our many world-wide contacts and partnerships. Our university co-operation extends to more than 30 count... Read more


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91% of students recommend
492 reviews
Housing
4.3/5
All experiences (492)
Student life
4.5/5
5 stars (204)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (228)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (54)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
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HOUSING    
by Mimer13, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, Canada
International Relations, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: off campus residence
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Bigger rooms with private bathrooms
Personal comments:
I stayed in an off campus residence that was located between the university and downtown. The walk or bike (all international students are allocated bikes) to school was along a path by a beautiful lake. The walk or bike ride was always fantastic except during snow storms! The residence itself, used to be part of a mental institution - so the rooms were very hospital like. Most rooms except for a few were quite small, but has nice big windows. Also our kitchen and commons rooms were much larger then the on-campus residences - which were great for parties. The main thing I had to get used to was the common bathrooms and showers (men and women together!!!) Of course there were seperate stalls but it still took some getting used to i.e. someone could be in the stall next to you shaving or brushing their teeth while you were taking your shower. All in all I really got to enjoy my residence. At first I was a little dissapointed because I was not on campus and did not even have a sink in my tiny little room. But once I made friends it really did not seem important anymore.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Carolien, Hogeschool Holland, Diemen, Netherlands
Communication and Information Sciences, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Of course I have to begin with the student pubs which have the cheapest beer and are very nice too! They are called Stalllarna and Sivans, I personally prefer Stallarna. This pub has two floors, downstairs there is a dansfloor and louder music. Upstairs it is more a brown bar and you can sit and talk, the music is less loud and more alternative (bands, sometimes live music!). Upstairs you can smoke, downstairs not. The Irish pub O'Keeffes is not to be missed! Very nice to have a chat and enjoy a foreign (your home countries?) beer or a simple Guinness or Kilkenny. Then there are some hip clubs called Grace, Time and Café Momento if you want to have a real night out these are the places to see and be seen. For a coffee I would recommend Espresso bar and P.M. The event that can not be missed is Allkår! This is a 4 day festival in May, it means partying, big BBQ's, concerts, Bränball (playing softball and drinking wine!), Olimpic games, Music, and a lot of queuing (but don't look up to that, it's fun!). Then there is midsommer, this is a huge party which is a great Swedish tradition! The people dance around a decorated tree, sing and celebrate the summer! This event finds place on the day that the year is in half, so somewhere in June. There are a lot of traditions in Sweden and Växjö and if you come to study at this university you will receive a booklet containing all needed information including all events while you're there!
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ACADEMIC    
by Sylvia, Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU, Madrid, Spain
Business Studies, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I am not acquainted with all the courses that are given at Växjö University but that University is pretty known all over Sweden and abroad for the business and economic studies. Almost everything if not everything can be studied there with good reputation



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
we, southen european students, dont have the habit to attend few hours of lessons and then study the rest on our own. In Scandinavia, it works just in the opposite way. In one side, that makes the students work harder themselves, but in another side,if the teacher explained a little bit more, students would increase their knowledge in less time

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by Glykeria, Panepistimio Macedonias, Thessaloniki, Greece
Business Studies, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
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: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
All the cources were in English and also both the locals and the exchange students could understand and speak English. That made the communication really easy. I didn't have any problems. But because we thought that it would be really nice as far as we were in Sweden to learn Swedish as well, most of the exchange students took swedish courses at the university.
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EXPENSES    
by Sven, Inholland University Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Netherlands
International Relations, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Government assistance
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
The supermarkets in Sweden are more expensive than in Holland. Therefore you will definitly need about 2000 swedish crowns (about 230 euro's) per month to eat. In Holland I still lived with my parents so I did not have any expenses in that field. But in Sweden you will pay about 1000-1400 euro's (depends on the kind of residence you're staying in) for the entire stay. So that is about 250-350 euro's per month. You have to pay this money in two terms: In March and in May. There is a different arrangement if you are from the US.
Housing, Food, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Travel, Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
There were no financial surprises for me, because on beforehand, Växjö Universtet will send you a booklet with valuable information. They also give an indication of how much money the experience will cost you alltogether.
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OVERALL    
by Carolien, Hogeschool Holland, Diemen, Netherlands
Communication and Information Sciences, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
It is handy to open a Swedish account, but not necessary. It is very useful to bring your own computer or laptop! Because at the end of each module the computer rooms are more then occupied. Take a laptop if you can I would say, you can also quite easily (you have to put some effort in that) arrange an internet connection at home, so that is an extra reason! Then you can also call home for free from your computer! (Depending on what country you are from).
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Växjö University is the best organised university I know. There is the great international office and of course VIS: Växjö International Students, this organisation is there specially for the Internationals. They organise trips and parties, as well as the welcome dinner which is free and you can get to know people. They also have a fadder system. This means when you arrive you have a fadder (Swedish or international student who has already been here for a while). They guide you around and help you to find your way around campus and in the studentlife! In the end you receive a yearbook made by your generation International students. This book contains stories and pictures from the whole semester! What a memory! It is fun to be in the yearbook committee and make that yearbook!



FINAL COMMENTS

VERY VERY IMPORTANT!! The winter in Sweden is very very cold!! -20! So take very very warm clothes, gloves, hats, sjawls and jackets! I would recommend thermo underwear as well! It helped me out! Go and see Sweden! Look around, places to see are: *Stockholm *Uppsala *Göteborg *Malmö *Lund *Kopenhagen *Halmstad and down following the coast! All of this you can do easily and best by car. Even more because renting a car is the only thing that is quite cheap here in Sweden! It is worth it! Especially in Summer then everything is even more beautiful! The spring semester is best if you ask me.
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