Sweden more than I could hope for. Past Review

By (Finance, Indiana University of Pennsylvania) for

Karlstad University: Karlstad - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a great experience that really made me appreciate what I have in the US, but also changer me for the better overall.

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Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Karlstad Univesitet
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Most of the work in Sweden is done at home and isn't always explicitly told to be done (i.e. studying). Grading is done on a different format from the US. It is done on a Very Good, Pass, or Fail system. There is a lot of group discussion in Sweden's educational system during class, but on your own there is a lot of reading or studying.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All information you will need are available down one hall.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hostel I stayed at was over flow housing for international students. It was fun and neat to live with people from many different countries. I was a block away from the city center but a 20min bus ride from the university.

* Food:

Deserts and coffee abroad was excellent in Sweden. All other foods were prepared better and healthier than America but were similar in types.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met people from over 20 different countries and have been to 7 different countries on my travels (5 if you exclude lay overs),

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sweden is a very safe country and has excellent critical heath care, but for minimal health they tell you to ride it out.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • To traveling and seeing as much as I could was the best part of the program.
* What could be improved?
  • Swedish educational system.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? "Don't take anything for granted and enjoy every moment, you never know when it could end."-Taylor Billman 2011