Jag älskar Sverige! February 07, 2019

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 08/23/2018 to 01/12/2019 with

Uppsala University: Uppsala - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Living with people with a different mindset. Life is much slower, people don't really think of themselves as special.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Cook most of your own food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I personally am a bit of an introvert, yet I never felt uncomfortable in Uppsala.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to register for a temporary ID in order to get health care, but they were able to assist me with my problems, free of charge.

* Safety:

Very safe.

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

Love Sweden and Uppsala

Finances

* 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 cheaper than my college town, Austin. Everything is about 30% more expensive in general.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150ish, didn't really budget
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook all your food Get a bike

Language

* 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 all speak Swedish, but they also speak English very well. if you want to learn you'll have to go out of your way.

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? N/A
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? Just get your swedish friends to speak Swedish around you

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

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • They cater to international students
  • Nations
* What could be improved?
  • Choosing Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Really communicate which classes you need, only had a couple that fit my degree.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'