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Studying & Living In Sweden
Are you thinking about going to Sweden for exchange studies? ESN Sweden highly recommends you to do so!
Whatever drives you to Sweden we’re sure you will find it.
Sweden has pretty much everything to offer, all four seasons, (yes summer as well), northern lights, beautiful seas, gorgeous forests, snowy landscapes and of course great ESN sections. And just in case you’re confused… our language is Swedish, but almost everyone speaks perfect English, and communicating is usually not a problem! The Swedes sure love when a foreigner asks them for help!
ESN Sweden is here to make your exchange semester/year one of the best experiences of your life!
There are 15 active sections that are organizing activities and are running projects just for you.
ESN Sweden has a couple of national events as well, ESN Sea Battle, Lapland trips and Russia trips. More information about that see the header “Events”.
ESN Sweden is involved in different international ESN projects which aims to make the stay for you as an Exchange Student even better. For example, we are working to get our activities more accessible for disabled students and we are working to decrease the problems of recognition of exchange studies. You can read about the different projects in the headers above.
A lot of the courses in Sweden are held in English, so you will not have to learn Swedish. However, since the language is a big part of the Swedish culture we encourage you to take part in a language course. Further down you will find the ESN Sweden Dictionary as your first step towards learning Swedish.
The first thing to do when considering Sweden as your destination for exchange studies (after checking our website) is to visit http://www.studyinsweden.se, where you can find information about visa requirements, insurance regulations, work conditions and students’ rights etc.
In general you have nothing to fear. Whatever you might have heard about Swedes, they are a gentle and peace loving kind of people. Good to know though is that we like to cut our pasta before eating it (sorry, Italians), we don’t kiss each other on the cheeks but we hug, not all Swedes are blonde or have blue eyes however most Swedes actually speak English, the best national ice-hockey team is to be found here and we are insanely proud of IKEA even though none of the products are made in Sweden. Yeah, that’s the truth about us…
Have some further reading about the Swedish culture, way of living, traditions etc at www.sweden.se