If you’re reading this, then you must be interested in studying in Lund, or undertaking an exchange program at least! Despite having spent under a month here in Sweden, I wholeheartedly recommend you do it.
Lund is a beautiful town located at the very bottom of Sweden, just a 40-minute train away from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is very friendly and cosy, differing greatly to the busy hustle-and-bustle of Sydney. Despite this, however, I have managed to meet a myriad of people from different backgrounds and indulged in many local activities.
The university provides all exchange and international students with an incredible orientation program, which made my transition to Swedish lifestyle extremely easy. Whether it be through picking you up directly from the airport, allocating you into mentor groups, or hosting numerous introductory events, there is no way that any student will not feel at home here.
Instead of merely recounting my experiences thus far, I will spin them into a few tips which can apply to any student looking to study abroad.
Tip 1: Travel Beforehand
Even though I love it here in Sweden, the highlight of my exchange trip has been my month of travel before arriving here. I started off in Lisbon, Portugal, and made my way up through Spain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Lund, and many other exchange universities, start their semester significantly later than Sydney universities (I know of some that start in October!). I would highly recommend you spend that extra time exploring new countries and cultures – it really was the best time of my life.
Tip 2: Apply for Accommodation ON TIME
I am currently staying in a housing block known as “Vildanden.’ It is a corridor room where I have my own bed, shower & toilet, and a large kitchen which I share with 14 other students in my corridor. I love living here as it has allowed for me to meet so many other people from diverse backgrounds. Lund University offers exchange students numerous different housing and room types. I would recommend you do your research on which rooms suit your preferences best, and apply for them as soon as their applications become available – a lot are quite competitive and offered on a first-in first-served basis.
Tip 3: Never say Never
Seriously, don’t do it. You’re no longer in Sydney – you have nobody to impress and no reputation to uphold. With that in mind, try new experiences! Try new foods, dress up to events, join a group of strangers to a festival. Personally, I’ve tried playing water polo for the first time, gone on day trips to Swedish nature reserves, and am currently taking cooking lessons from a friend in my corridor. The possibilities are endless!
I hope you have found this blog useful and that it aids in your decision to undertake global exchange. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
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