Help I am in Love with Sweden Now Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 08/24/2015 to 06/07/2016 with

Uppsala University: Uppsala - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile. Now have the courage to move to a new place alone and know I can make it. Learned to love learning languages.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Loved all my classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Nothing is ever open at the University Administration buildings (really strange hours) which made contacting them difficult. However were helpful once I figured out how to track them down.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very nice

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Student nations made it easy to socialize, however challenging to make Swedish friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very easily accessible, I broke my hand, got mono, got strep throat....all was taken care of with ease.

* Safety:

Much safer than Austin, I always feel very insecure in West Campus, but not in Uppsala.

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

Absolutely, I wish I could stay.


* 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)

Sweden is insanely expensive. Cost a lot of money to spend a year here. Especially because of the lack of winter gear owned before I moved here.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy winter clothes in America, if you know what you are doing


* 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

Swedes love to show off their english skills, making practicing difficult. I found the Swedish course very slow paced.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? In Swedish, none.
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Force Swedish on the Swedes you interact with. They will not offer.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Class quality
  • Student life
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Grading system conversion
  • Scholarship availability
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive it would be, and that nearly all my classes would be masters level. Additionally, the grading system miscommunication was incredibly frustrating. I have received VG for most of my classes, the highest possible grade on the Swedish system which means that I excelled beyond expectations in my course, but this is still only transferred to a Bplus due to UT's taking of the ECTS score and then using a linear grade conversion. While I received many generous scholarships, it was still a significant financial burden on my family for me to study abroad. I do not believe a student less fortunate than myself could realistically study abroad in Sweden without more financial help.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!