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Life in Uppsala, A Wonderful City in Sweden

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

1. Description of the university

Norway_ガイランゲル.jpgのサムネイル画像Uppsala University, founded in 1477, is one of the oldest and largest universities in the Nordic region. Uppsala University has campuses around the town, and it is a beautiful city where the activities of student organizations called "nations" are vibrant. Currently, around 50,000 students and 5,000 researchers are studying at the university.

During Nobel Prize ceremonies, guest speakers always visit Uppsala University, and students have an opportunity to listen to lectures for free.

2. Studying at the university

Sweden_stockholm_christmas.jpgのサムネイル画像The class schedule at Uppsala University, especially in the Faculty of Education, was very relaxed and not so busy. Additionally, as English is the second language in Sweden, teachers were very tolerant, even if I didn't understand English very well and asked too much.

Most memorable class was "Education and Teaching: An International Process." The reason is that, during this course, I was able to join a three-week teaching practice at a local primary school. This experience provided a deeper understanding of the rules of Swedish schools, the working methods of teachers, and the public services, which may not be fully grasped through books or lectures.

In Stockholm, there is a Japanese supplementary school. You can go and do some volunteer work for children.

3. Life at the university

Uppsala is a very convenient and beautiful city. There is vast nature, and the city has plenty of cafes. Learning uppsala_大聖堂2.jpgのサムネイル画像spaces like libraries are well-maintained and very clean. Uppsala is just 1 hour away from the capital, Stockholm, by train, and it takes about 1 hour by bus to reach the Arlanda Airport. So, it is a perfect place for traveling.

The student organizations, which are called "nations" host various events, for example, sports games or clubs. You can make some new friends there.

After August, the winter soon settles in, and there are only about 5 hours of daylight, with the sun setting around 3 pm. During this time, everyone becomes mentally unstable, so it's essential to make sure to take Vitamin D. However, if you can overcome that, beautiful auroras and a radiant summer are waiting for you.

4. What I learned from my experience

One thing I learned from studying abroad is that "age is not a barrier to starting something new." For example, when I went for teaching practice at an elementary school, there was another trainee as well. He was Swedish and 30 years old. In Sweden, it's not uncommon for people to go to university as an adult and start learning something new. I want to value the spirit of trying out what I want to do and take on challenges.
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5. Advice for those who considering studying abroad

I returned from my study abroad with joy and missing Sweden so much, but when I arrived in Sweden, I felt extremely anxious and lonely. I cried up in my dorm room on the first night. Setting challenges for yourself and taking on some pressure can lead you to personal growth, but it's also important to occasionally take it easy.

"LAGOM" is a Swedish spirit; it means "not too much, not too little." Always put your mental well-being as a top priority and take it easy.

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