Uppsala i mitt hjärta<3 Past Review

By (Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication., San Jose State University) - abroad from 08/22/2011 to 06/15/2012 with

Uppsala University: Uppsala - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to be in charge and completely on my own and how easy it is to just travel. It was totally worth it and I can't wait to do it again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The communications program is very good and interesting but I found it too broad and sometimes barely related to my major, public relations.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They take great care of exchange students!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very nice!

* Food:

Some foods were generally more expensive than the states but the nation were cheap to eat at and had great food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

SUPER. But it does take a bit of work and self motivation to get involved in the student nations, meet Swedish people, step out of the English-only comfort zone

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It wasn't easy figuring out which clinic or hospital to go to and as a non-Swedish citizen it cost around $900 USD upfront just to see a doctor and then wait for paperwork to get reimbursed by your insurance. Better off bringing a gallon of Nyquil

* Safety:

Never felt threatened or in danger, even walking home at 3am. Obviously don't take your valuables to the club where they could get lost.

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)

Rent was cheap but groceries not as much but it can be manageable by eating and working at the student nations.

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Work at the student nations! They feed you, sometimes pay you, and give you meal vouchers.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

They really encouraged us to speak Swedish but babied us a lot with English. Swedes know English and will immediately speak it to you if it's obvious you don't really speak it.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none in Swedish
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Meet Swedes and work at the student nations

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Student Nations
  • Sweden
* What could be improved?
  • more info on basic living (cost, medicare)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Sweden is expensive compared to the USA