If you could give any tips to future exchange students, what would you share?
-Don’t worry, you will meet people, you will have great adventures wherever you go. But Gothenburg is definitely a very nice place where you are welcomed with warm hands by the school, the student union, the other students and the other international students. It also has a lot to offer, the city life, but also the nature and the archipelago. And very important to note is that it is very well connected with Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm if you want to visit these capitals. Lastly, be curious to the Swedish culture! There is a lot of information about this through your courses (especially the Swedish course), students, events organised by the university etc. And it gives a very interesting dimension to your exchange which you would not be able to pick up by just travelling to Sweden/Gothenburg.
How would you say you experienced life in Gothenburg?
-Through a thousand fika’s and kanelbullar, through discovering the city, the archipelago. Through eating the right cakes on the right specific days (Kanelbullens dag or Semla) And by visiting the neighbouring capitals, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. And as cherry on the cake, going to Lapland, even though that was not per se my intention at the beginning of my semester, but definitely worth it. Also through a lot of events that are organised by student unions, the university but also from the city itself etc. There was really a lot offered and a lot of possibilities that made it worth it!
Where did you live during your exchange semester?
-I was able to get housing through the universities’ portal, at Olofshöjd. I have heard stories that for some students it was quite difficult, so be on time and be prepared. But also, don’t worry because you will find some place.
How was it to live here and not speak Swedish?
-Very easy! I think the English level is really good for most people living in Gothenburg and other cities. So it was surprisingly easy, also because everyone was very helpful and not annoyed by you talking English. However, in the supermarket it took a while to understand what “jordgubbar” means for example. But that is something you learn by doing or just by asking the staff. Also a lot of information was available in English so that was really helpful.
Your favourite memory from your time as an exchange student?
-There are quite some, but I really liked the weekend when we went with a group of friends on a short weekendbreak to a little house in the archipelago. This was organised very spontaneously and so much fun. We made a sunset walk in the nature reserve, where there was almost no one anymore and from there on the top of a hill of rocks we saw the sunset with a view on the North Sea. That was very beautiful. Another one was in Lappland when were snowed in, and some of us went outside to see if we could see the Northern Lights. However when they came back, the door was frozen and they had climb over our balcony, which was fully filled with snow and it was definitely an experience. And the snowmobile ride in Lappland was very nice! I also loved the Veggie @my place-events that I participated in. In short, many good memories!