Fika! (my excuse to drink coffee and eat sweets all day)
My name is Emily and I am currently writing to you from my cosy corridor room located in Lund Sweden! If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering Global Exchange and based on my experience so far at Lund University, I highly recommend you do it!
Lund is a small University town with a thriving personality located in the south of Sweden, just a short train ride from Copenhagen. Everything in Lund is a short bike ride away, making it easy to get your bearings within the first week and call this place home. (It took me a while to get used to bike riding, but it seriously is the best mode of transport.)
Lund University has been so inviting with its excellent 2-week orientation program set up for the novice international students. With a plethora of daily activities such as treasure hunts, barbeques, sports days, parties (lots of parties) and more, it provided the perfect opportunity to mingle, make friends and get involved in student life from day one. Some of my favourite memories so far were created during O-Week and it was the perfect way to kick off my exchange. I also enrolled in the SUSA program which was a great initiation into the Swedish language, culture and lifestyle.
A big part of the Swedish University culture is the Nations. The Nations are student clubs and each has their unique offerings such as club nights, pub nights, lunches, sports days and more. I recently joined Västgöta Nation (VGs), known for its Metro club on Wednesdays and Professor Pong on Fridays. Last week I attended a Sittning, a 2-course meal with lots of singing Swedish songs and drinking, and I can’t wait for the next one. Every day there is something on, so you definitely won’t get bored here!
Singing Swedish songs at the Västgöta nation Sittning
My exchange at Lund has been a lot of fun so far, however, the only thing to note is the difficulty in finding housing. Accommodation is quite a competitive and complicated process in Lund, that is if you aren’t guaranteed housing through LU Accommodation or AF Bostäder. Just be prepared to always be proactive and on the lookout for housing and if you need help, reach out to former Lund students, like me, who have some tips for finding housing.
To sign off I have a few pieces of advice for your exchange experience:
- Say yes to everything – Some of my favourite days here have been from spontaneous decisions.
- Get out of your comfort zone – Try new things! Immerse yourself in new experiences and embrace the culture in your new home.
- Enjoy yourself – Make the most of every day and have fun!
Bachelor of Business
For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au