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Studying Abroad in Uppsala, Sweden

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Name: Eri Kiyomiya
English Education Course (Undergraduate)
Study Abroad Period: August 2022 - June 2023
Host University: Uppsala University, Sweden

1. Description of the university

Uppsala University is an institution of higher education located in Uppsala, Sweden. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the first university established in Sweden (1477). It has a rich history, and it is recognized for its academic excellence and contributions to research and education. There are more than 53,000 students and a lot of exchange students come from all over the world.

Uppsala University has a special tradition of student organizations called "nations." Each nation provides unique events such as a fancy student dinner, "Gasque", enjoying Swedish traditional sports, "Kubb", and eating Swedish traditional food, "Crayfish party"! Therefore, you can have a bunch of memorable memories at Uppsala University.

2. Studying at the university

Classroom.pngThe course system of Uppsala University is quite different from that of Shinshu University.

First, you do not have to take a lot of courses at the same time. In Uppsala University, the number of courses you can take at one term is limited. (One semester has three or four terms.) In general, it is one to three courses in a month. It means you can concentrate on specific contents and learn them deeply.

In addition, you can have empirical learning. In education courses for exchange students, there is a course which provides a field study at a local Swedish school for three weeks. It was a wonderful experience to study Swedish education.

3. Life at the university

My room in Flogsta.pngAs you know Sweden has a harsh winter season; winter is incredibly cold. However, Swedish buildings have great heating systems so that you do not have to worry that you will freeze during the winter nights. Students' accommodations that Uppsala University provides are not exceptions.

I lived in Flogsta and each room has a toilet and a shower space, and it is big enough for living from a Japanese perspective. We shared a kitchen, and I had dinner with international students and chatted with them all night. After the winter, you can enjoy beautiful spring and summer!

4. What I learned from my experience

Dinner.pngFrom studying abroad, I gained important friends. There were many opportunities to make friends. At the beginning of studying abroad, I struggled with making "many friends." Even when I exchanged contact information with who I talked to once somewhere, I did not feel connected with them. Thus, I reviewed what "friend" is to me and realized that friend is who gives me the feeling of being able to be who I want to be. In the end, I could make important friends, both international and Japanese. I still keep in touch with them, and we update each other about how things are going.

5. Advice for those who considering studying abroad
What I want to say most is "Get out of your comfort zone!" The purpose of studying abroad is not only improving English skills, but also making diverse friends, knowing new cultures, and taking on challenges. Through those unknown experiences, you have time to discover who you are and what you want to do and discover your potential in a global context. The more you step out of your comfort zone, the more you will gain confidence and independence. At first step, you must feel kind of anxious, but remember there are many people supporting you, family, friends, teachers! The world always welcomes you to get out of your comfort zone.

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