It’s 9am and time to go to University !
Ready to be surprised ? The university system in Göteborg might be really different than the one you are used to in your country.
First of all, the University is divided in Faculties, spread out all over the city (See map). The whole city is your campus!
A semester is divided in two periods and you usually take one course at a time and one or two courses per period.
During the courses, you might be evaluated through group projects, oral presentations or written essays. At the end of the course, you have a final exam on table or at home that you can retake if you do not pass. One lecture is usually 1 hour 30 minutes divided in two sessions of 45 minutes with a break in-between to go to grab pastries and tea/coffee.
The hours of lectures might seem really few compared to other countries and – even if labs can also complete your formation, especially in sciences – it might look like you have a lot of free time. Beware ! Do not take it too much as “freedom”, university is based on a lot on autonomous work (“recommended” literature…) and exchange between the students. The teachers are usually really available and open to discussion even during the lectures. To study in groups or by yourself, nothing better than the numerous university libraries.
Time to go home”hemma“
International students usually live with Swedish families or in student dormitories, also spread all over the city. The dormitories usually provide the services you might need (such as laundry) or even some you would never have thought about (such as a sauna).
Laundry time is also quite a Swedish institution. Most of the buildings have common laundry and Swedes have to book it in advance. Not joining an event because of “laundry” is a totally acceptable excuse and you should start to get organized about that =).
Some of the dormitories also have some gym, common rooms or cafés in which various events can be organized (movie night, language café}, board game evening…). All of them are usually close to bus or tram stops and close to grocery shops.
A daily adventure in the blue tram
To go from the university to your dormitory and vice versa, trams, buses and even ferries are available to travel inside the city. All of them are including in the same ticket and 1-month and 3-month pass can be bought with a student discount (450SEK/month).
So even if it looks like your dormitory is far away from your faculty, do not panic and mind the map. There is always a way to go where you need to go.
Have a nice stay in Göteborg,