Exchange in IKEA Land
Exactly 2 weeks ago, I touched down in Europe for the first time! For someone who’s only travelled around Asia, being on the other side of the world is definitely an exciting and tiring experience! (Including that 30+ hour travel time)
Nevertheless, I had reached the land of IKEA!
I am currently studying at Jönköping University (pronounced yoon-sho-ping), approximately 3 hours south of Stockholm.The city that my university is located in is a quite a small city, with a population of approximately 300,000. And I kid you not, probably any city you can name in Sydney is busier than Jönköping but that doesn’t take away from the beauty of this city.
The city centre is surrounded by lots of lakes where my university is located. The university campus isn’t very big but it does boast a very impressing interior. The university is home to approximately 10,000 students and stretches over 6 campus buildings. I am enrolled in the School of Education and Communication (Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation) where I will be studying 4 electives for the semester that I am here.
The university is very welcoming, where they immediately immense you into the fun and partying culture during the university orientation known as the Kick Off, a fortnight full of team building, meeting new people and hanging out with new local and international students.
The best part so far is having the ability to furnish your dorm with EVERYTHING from IKEA. I currently live in student housing in a suburb called Råslatt, where we have our own supermarket and common student room. 15 minutes away by bus is where the local IKEA is situated and I honestly spent the first 4 days of my time here inside IKEA hunting for decorations for my room!
The university studies here differ very much from the ones at UTS, where we have 3 classes a week for every subject that we study. And to study 2 subjects at the same time, it is starting to get a bit hectic! But it will be a fun experience to learn Swedish and try to use those skills at the local supermarket!
One thing I really miss is our coffee though…Coffee is very expensive here and just doesn’t taste as good as the ones at home!
The great thing about Sweden is the ability to travel to other neighbouring countries and very soon I will be on my way to Norway to the glaciers with the university! I look forward to travelling more during this semester! 🙂
Here is a short video of my first week here:
Minnie Zhu, 11971355, Bachelor of Information Technology
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