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Farewell exchange students

Exchange students at Farewell Mingle 2016

On 6 December, a Farewell Mingle was held for departing exchange students who have studied at Linköping University (LiU). This event is held each term and, as the international student coordinator Karolina Fransson says, “it is meant as a celebration for the completion of studies and a way for us to express how important exchange students are for LiU.”

Exchange student Jonathan from the Netherlands says that his term at Linköping University was a great opportunity for him to learn the language and talk to Swedes.

“We were only three international students on my programme, the other 35 were Swedish,” Jonathan says.

“They [Swedes] are very nice, but a bit shy at first. I did a good job by entering their ‘circles’ of friends, and now they invite me to their parties.”

“The only difficulty I had was with the lax timekeeping. In the Netherlands, we are ‘masters of punctuality’, but here I could not understand, if they say in the timetable that the seminar starts at 10:00, why does it start at 10:15?” 

One of the first impressions Austrian exchange student Matthias had from his studies at LiU was the ‘small’ distance between students and teachers.

Farewell Mingle 2017

“It was easy to communicate with lecturers and ask them about anything,” he explains.

“I think that my professors felt very happy when we asked them something during the seminars.”

When asked about student life in Sweden, most students were very happy and enjoyed the easy way of living.

French exchange student Athenais says her student life in Sweden is amazing.

“I really liked the student overalls, we do not have that in my country. It was weird in the beginning, but now I wear my overalls all the time and I love them,” Athenais says.

Spanish student Hector thinks the Swedish life is very comfortable and convenient, as everything is close and you can go anywhere by bike.

“I took part in many activities arranged by the Erasmus Student Network and the International Students Association. For instance, I joined them on their trips to Lapland and St. Petersburg, and played football and volleyball in the evenings.”

Italian student Lorenzo says the student accommodation is a great way to meet new people from all over the world.

“We had pizza and movie nights, we cooked together, and now I know that they are planning to organize a ‘goodbye dinner’ for me. Corridor parties are the best: you can meet a lot of new people.”

The next Farewell Mingle will be held at the end of the spring term.

Text: Alexandra Koptyaeva 
Photo: Ida Sörensen


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