Don’t you mind conquering the Swedish winters? Is your wallet that full that you don’t know what to do with your money anymore? Are you ready for new experiences with friends from all over the world?
Then you are ready for an exchange adventure in Jönköping!
I am Kevin, currently 23 years old and I started my experience last year in August 2015.
After I have been for exchange to South-Africa and after I enjoyed student life for the additional 3,5 years in the Netherlands, I realized I didn’t want to step out of the wonderful time called student life. I decided to start looking for master degrees abroad and after I realized my plan A, B, C and D were too expensive, I chose Jönköping. My expectations were mixed, because I never heard about Jönköping before and also because doing a master is next step in comparison to my bachelor. But once I got accepted I got really hyped and literally tried to research everything about Jönköping and mostly student life in Jönköping. This was not easy and that’s actually the main reason I write this blog, so that other students can get an insight into life here before they actually get to this place.
And then, the Kick-off, wow, a good start is half the battle definitely relates to this event. During the Kick-off everyone gets assigned to groups and for the next 10 days you will be doing activities with them for 24/7. I think it says a lot that I left my bags unpacked for these 10 days and only got a chance to unpack them after the Kick-off ended. How is this possible you think? Well, every school got his own colour overalls, which will be worn throughout the whole Kick-off and also later in the semester during the social activities. I will stop talking about the Kick-off now, because I am getting a little too excited writing about the best and sunniest event from the year for sitting in a computer room at university trying to study.
But besides the kick-off there are so many other events. Student Union, ESN, JSA and many other associations make sure that every day there are activities to join. In the beginning of the semester this results into an overload of notifications on your Facebook, but when time passes you get used to it and you will just try to go everywhere, because they are awesome. The bigger trips I have been to are the Norway trip, the Copenhagen trip and the Sea Battle two times. Furthermore, I did many trips on my own and also visited many parties.
Oh and of course I will talk a little bit about school as well for the ones interested 😉 I am studying the International Marketing Master and this is easier than expected. First semester I had a lot of free time (you can tell by looking at all the trips I made) and the second semester is also do-able even though the thesis takes a lot of time and I joined ESN in January. But what is ESN actually? ESN is the Erasmus Student Network and we organize all kinds of activities for the students. I already mentioned the Sea Battle but there is much more. So if you want to meet new people and do something besides school, I would definitely recommend u to join ESN.
It feels like I just wrote an advertisement for studying in Jönköping…. Only thing is that I don’t get paid for it, so this shows actually how much of an amazing time I had in Jönköping. And even though I still have one month left, I am sure this time will be over in no time. To sum it up, as I mentioned before, if you have enough money and are not scared of the snow, then I would highly recommend u to come and experience Jönköping, because there are many international students that want to have the same experience as you, (too) many social and active activities and many trips. Besides this, you have the chance to experience the “highly interesting” Swedish culture (you will find out and agree on me later) and expand your wanderlust by stepping out of your comfort zone.
By the way I am living the accommodation called Raslatt, best place ever!
Cheers and have fun in this horribly cold and super expensive country! Kidding, it’s more than bearable.
Dutch student that wants to get rid of the Dutch stereotypes by travelling all across the world and exploring many other cultures.