Tjitte in Sweden

Field of study in Wageningen: Landscape Architecture
Study period exchange: 21/01/2019 until 15/06/2019
Country (exchange): Sweden
City (exchange): Alnarp
University (exchange): SLU
Faculty (exchange): Faculty of Landscape Architecture

2. Motivation for exchange

Why did you choose to go on study exchange?

I missed the opportunity to go on Erasmus during my bachelor, I still wanted to experience the international adventure.

What is the reason you chose for this country/university?

Quality of education and the rich nature of the country.

3. Accessibility to reach destination

Do you have any tips to reach your exchange destination?

I went by car, but flying to Copenhagen airport (from Eindhoven or Amsterdam) combined with the Öresund train to Malmö is the easiest way to go.

4. University and studying

Could you provide some general information about the followed courses?

How is the study formalized?

The first period was an individual design project, during this period I had a lot of time to work for myself in the studio space. Normally, all the students work there while designing, the first weeks were focused on hand drawing. The end stage of the project was more digital for plan drawing and visualisations. The computer facilities are very good compared to Wageningen, especially the computer monitor and plotters. The level of the first course fitted me quite good compared to the Swedish students. The Swedish students are easily stressed and therefore not performing completely in their abilities.
The second course was a course with group work as a major part in it. The materials that were discussed in this course were mainly very Swedish, this made my knowledge about these ‘Nordic’ use of materials bigger. The level of this course was higher for me, because I had to find out the specifications of the materials myself. One disadvantage for me was that the Swedish universities are not allowed to grade group projects. I struggled a lot with the individual part which influenced my grade in the end.

What is the culture of the university?

The teachers are very approachable, you can give them feedback about everything. They are always willing to learn also from the students. They show a lot of interest in the Dutch way of designing. After every course there is a long feedback session with the whole group, which is a very open talk about things that can improve the course for next year.

What does the university offer the student additionally?

No sport facilities! That was a pity for me to find out in the first weeks, but I took a subscription for a Swedish gym to keep myself in shape. Laundry facilities were in my house, that was perfect.

5. Housing-travelling-living

What are the possibilities for housing?

If you sign up for a room in Alnarp, you definitely get one.

What is the culture of the country like?

People are more quiet than Dutch people. It is harder to get into real contact with strangers, for me the excursions in my course were a great way to get into contact with my Swedish fellow students. The price of food and alcohol is higher than in The Netherlands, but we ate every night together with the Erasmus group, this made the stay cheaper.

Could you give a general price indication of the place of residence compared to living in Wageningen?

I asked for the cheapest room on the campus, this costed me 250 euro per month. Normally the prices are around 300-350 euro, this gives you a bit more comfort, but you have to be lucky.

Could you give some information about public transport infrastructure?

From my house the university was 3 min walking, this counts for all the dorms on campus. The bus to Malmö stopped in front of my house, this was perfect, although the bus is less frequent in the weekend which is problematic with sightseeing or going out.

6. Free time

What are must-sees in the area? 

Malmö, has a bad reputation for a lot of Swedish people, but actually it is a nice and cosy city. Lund, a big student city, is a bit smaller (than Malmö) but has a lot of nice student activities and parties. Copenhagen is half an hour by train and offers everything what you want from a capital, including high prices for living. Stockholm is a about 5 hours by train, but a must-see for the Sweden experience. There are plenty of nature areas around, the east and west coast of Sweden are amazing. During Midsommar (21 june) I can recommend Dalarna as a region to go.

What does not appear in the travel guide, but is worth a visit?

Åhus, East-coast SKÅNE.

Do you have general tips and tricks about leisure time?

Wahlborg, a big drinking event in Lund.

Moriskan, this is great club in Malmö, Folkets Park, with different tastes and themes of music.

7. Challenges & best moment abroad

What was a challenge you have experienced?

Coming back in Wageningen and realize it is over.

What was your best memory abroad?

Hiking trip to Norway, meeting a lot of nice people.

8. Contact details

Would you ask more questions?

Send a mail: tjittew@hotmail.com