today I would like to show you how Edinburgh looks lie and some basic information about the city itself.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and it is Scotland´s second most populous city (the first one is Glasgow). It has approximately half a million inhabitants. The city is not that large so that it is convenient for walking, however, I was disappointed by cycling conditions. I planned to buy a bike and bike throughout the city as I am used to from Sweden but I found it quite tricky because there are not sufficient cycling paths and they do not seem to be that safe as mostly they are part of the road and moreover cycling on the left side… I simply did not feel it is a good idea to ride a bike in Edinburgh. Therefore I use double-decker buses and enjoy something new, especially the view you have from above 😀 In case, you are interested how public transport works here, you can visit these websites, where you find plenty of information. The public transport here is mostly dependent on the buses since there is no underground. Buses have way too many stops and in the beginning, it may be really confusing added to that mostly you cannot see upcoming stops on the bus, so that I often use Google maps to find my location and search for the place where I want to go and then just guess which stop is the most suitable to get off.
As you can see from the pictures, Edinburgh has a lot of historical buildings and brick houses are undoubtedly a part of the city. I like the atmosphere of the city which is still buzzing, especially at night, and usually, you can hear people playing bagpipes so that the real Scottish experience is guaranteed.
There are things, which I always have to compare to Sweden and some of those are either better or worse here, however, I would like to present that in another article.
from the previous post, you could find out that for this autumn semester I am in Edinburgh and not at SLU. I would like to tell you a few words about what has to be done to apply for exchange studies. First of all, it is easy and you can always ask the SLU mobility team to help you. Secondly, the application period is 1 Nov – 1 Dec, which gives you a sufficient amount of time to choose the right place. At this point in time one year ago, I did not know if I go on exchange. I knew I would like to go but I was not sure if I want to miss any of the Swedish courses and I felt that it is a bit odd to think about leaving after just few weeks in Sweden. However, the decision was done and I still hope that this decision was the right one. So that if you just started your studies at SLU and have the vision of going on exchange in your mind, think about that but I think applying is a good decision since you can always cancel your placement abroad.
I will describe the requirements later on in another post, however, meanwhile, I recommend visiting the SLU´s websites, where you can browse through the exchange studies options. I would say that every student will find a university that fulfills one´s criteria. You can choose either to study in English or in another language. Even though most of the students applying for exchange studies are Swedes, we as international students can apply too! Do not worry about that.
I think there is no need to have a perfect vision of where you want to go by this time, for now, it is enough if you consider pros and cons of going abroad and I believe that there will mostly be pros 🙂 So check SLU´s websites that help you have a better overview of options where go apply.
If you are a new student at SLU, I believe you can find useful information in some of the older articles, so check the archive. Last summer it was the first year at SLU for me, which means that I struggled with some stuff that you will probably have to deal with, too. For instance, getting the personal number, getting to know the Swedish education system, experiencing first courses and eventually final exams.
However, this semester will be different for me as I will study abroad for a semester, so that I will have to find out many things about how the system works here, too. Currently, I am in Edinburgh to start my Erasmus studies at SRUC. Today I went to the campus for the first time and we had an introduction to the studies, library and so on. Therefore hereafter my articles will be mostly about my experience with Erasmus and I will provide some information about the education system here in Scotland. Hopefully, you will enjoy those articles as well.
Even though courses in Sweden have already started, I will start my courses next week and then I will know more about my new university. I feel excited about this whole.
I hope you all had a wonderful summertime and now you feel ready to start a new semester, however, I doubt that anyone can be ready for studying again after long break 😀
This summer in Sweden was exceptionally hot with a lot of forest fires in different locations throughout Sweden. I was lucky enough to experience my first Swedish summer and it was amazing. Long days, temperatures allowing a lot of swimming even in the city since many beaches can be found in Stockholm. I truly enjoyed every bit of this summer and I was grateful that Ï don´t have to sit at the computer and can do other things instead.
I hope many interesting courses are waiting for you and you will enjoy the time spent at SLU.
I would like to summarise what the Ethics course was about. It was the 5 credits course and during the semester we did not have that many lectures or seminars which gave us a sufficient amount of time to prepare for the assignments.
First of all, I think this was one the best courses so far despite the first doubts. I mean the topic of ethics can be really broad, ranging from theoretical ethics to applied ethics, which I suppose is more valuable for us. And luckily this course covered practical things which we will unavoidably come across in the future.
The course started off with 4 lectures where the main theoretical grounds were introduced and discussed. Mainly, we discussed consequentialism, virtue ethics, and deontology. These were the primary concepts discussed throughout the course and lectures gave us an overview of how these grounds can form and affect the decision we make. Subsequently, we had several seminars. The first seminar was focused on sustainability reporting which currently has a certain significance for companies. We examined different reports and compared the information they contained. This was really valuable seminar since we could discuss differences and our perceptions within the class. For another seminar, we had to choose the journal paper article on the topic we wanted to explore, however, still related to the course topic. We wrote a summary of that article and provided feedback to another group and their article. I have to admit that really interesting topics were chosen and it was rewarding to listen to the summary of the articles. Finally, the main emphasis was on the final essay where we chose an ethical dilemma and examined the existing or imagined problem from the perspective of different ethical grounds. As the final essay was graded and more important than other assignments we had to submit, we had also (preliminary) topic presentation seminars where we introduced our prospective topic and explained what we want to examine and received feedback and help from the others.
Even though this course did not have any final exam, I am determined that I have learned a lot because we had to apply our knowledge of the real case in the final essay. To realize the aim of the final essay we had to describe the ethical dilemma that a certain person face with and discussed different approaches and ethical grounds.
For the upcoming year, this course will be implemented within the new course called Marketing, Responsibility and Ethics which should be more focused on business topics. I believe that the most interesting and rewarding things we learned will be kept so that you should not miss anything important.
Next time I will write about the course Value chain and networks in Bioeconomy which we took parallelly with Ethics course.
it is not that long time ago when I wrote about the SLU´s success in ranking. However, this time SLU holds the 36th place in the world list of young universities, which is a great success! Rating was provided by Times Higher Education and in total, 250 universities in 55 countries were evaluated based on 5 criteria – education, research, citations, internationalisation and external fundings. As a young university can be considered the university aged less than 50 years.
From Swedish universities, SLU attained the first place. Örebro university was ranked 62th and Linköping university 73rd. You can check the ranking here.
Today was Thesis day at SLU. Thesis day is an event, where students present their degree projects with posters and presentations. This year, it was arranged for the first time and it was interesting to see what we are supposed to do next year. We could see what the posters contained and how students structured them that could help us to create a better overview about those posters. The whole event is open to public so that even your relatives are welcomed to see posters and presentations.
The event ended with a ceremony where prizes for best degree poster and oral presentation were given. Even though I have not participated the whole event, I think it was interesting to see what kind of topics students choose and how do they present it.
The other day I saw a video which I would like to share here since it is kind of motivating. Moreover, since I live here in Sweden almost for one year, I have to admit that most of those things mentioned there are really true. Especially, when the video came to “sun lovers”, I had to smile, because in this season you can see everyone outside, sunbathing or just enjoying warm days. No matter what, Swedes enjoy sunny days. And I can totally understand that and gladly join them 😀
I could confirm basically all other terms, but I do not want to prolong it, so this is the video 🙂
I can recommed websites studyinsweden.se, where the video comes from, because there are plenty of useful articles for prospectives students and some of those will really come in handy.
this week we have our final presentations and next week we will take an exam. Then this academic year is over. During any presentation we have to highlight main points that we investigated within our projects. Currently, I have two courses, and both have slightly different requirements of presentation, however, there is always an opponent or discussant (mostly two or more people) to your project, who help you to develop your project and give you important insights into how the reader perceive your work. Sometimes you can give just a brief presentation, for about 5 minutes and in other cases you may be required to present for 15 minutes. Length of presentation varies a lot, but the thing that you can be sure about is that discussion will come thereafter. Emphasis is on providing a constructive feedback which is not always easy task as it may seem, but we are given a lot of possibilities to learn it. Good thing for those who does not enjoy giving presentations is that we are always a small class of around 25 people in total, however, presentations are usually divided into two groups, so that you present to people you know, and the group is not that large.
I realised that had never described the difference between Student Union and Student Nations in Uppsala, which is something I was really lost in during my first days of the campus (let´s be honest, during first weeks or months :D). I did not know what students unions or nations are from my previous studies, so that I had to learn more and maybe this article could help you not to be confused by these two terms.
There is only one
You have to pay to become a member
Union is located on the campus
Only SLU´s students can join
Union is mainly in charge of monitoring the quality of education therefore they work with the university and try to address some shortcomings
They organize activities for new students in the beginning of semester but also during the year there are events organised by Union
Membership fee is 250 sek/semester (if I remember correctly)
There are 13 nations in Uppsala
You have to pay to become a member
They are spread out in the city
History of Student Nations goes back to 17th century
All students at the university in Uppsala can join
Student Nations are named according to Swedish regions
Stockholms nation, Uplands nation, Södermanlands-Nerikes nation, Västmanlands-Dala nation, Smålands nation, Göteborgs nation, Kalmar nation, Värmlands nation, Norrlands nation, Gotlands nation, Gästrike-Hälsinge nation, Östgöta nation and Västgöta nation
There are several activities every week – ranging from pubs, clubs, theme events – so that students have endless opportunities to meet and socialise
To become a member you can choose whichever Nation you like (some serve more vegan food, some have good parties,…)
Membership fee varies from nation to nation, but expect to pay around 260-280 sek/semester
Building of Student Union (on the right)
So, now you know the differences and maybe you are asking: Why should I become a member?
Of course, you can become a member of both
During your first days, Student Union will help you to get a Mecenat card (student card to get student discounts) and you can buy discounted tickets for events organized by Union (some dinners, Lucia concert and a lot more). Since I do not live in Uppsala, I have not participated at those events and for second semester I am not a member anymore
Having a Student Nation card seems to be a must have for students since most probably you will go out with your fellow students and you cannot enter Nation without a Nation card, which proves that you are a member. In case of some nations, you are allowed to eat lunch there even without the card, however, you cannot go to pubs or clubs without one. So that, I think you will not avoid becoming a member of Student Nation
Hopefully, this helped you somehow. I would have really welcomed these differences at the beginning of my studies because this is not information that you will find on Nations´ websites.