On April 10, 2014, AISEC club from University of Indonesia (UI) in Depok held a “Lead talk AISEC UI, International Education Fair and Forum” event. This event was held at the Japanese studies centre, faculty of humanities of UI from 10:30 until 16:30. Representatives from different countries such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Russia took part in giving a presentation during the event. Read more » >>
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The 5th European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) in Indonesia attracted thousands of Indonesian university-seekers. Having held in 2 cities; Surabaya (October 9) and Jakarta (October 12 -13), the event was a resounding success. 2268 visitors were registered in Surabaya and this number was doubled during the two days fair in Jakarta with 5200 and 6240 registered participants respectively.
Various universities from different countries in Europe, including Sweden, took part in this event. This year, Swedish Institute along with 3 other Swedish universities took part in promoting Swedish Higher Institution. Richard Stenelo and fellow colleague Karen Paulson represented Lund University, whereas Margareta Svedlund and Kajsa Beckman represented KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Chalmers University of Technology was represented by Cecilia Hillman and Swedish Institute was represented by their Talent Mobility Unit staffs, Seble Abera and Malin Larsson.
While many other universities accompanied by their local agent or local representative, Swedish universities were accompanied by their students and alumni. Muhammad Mufti Azis, a current Indonesian Phd student at Chalmers was happy to share his experience studying in Chalmers. Casper and Jessica, KTH students who are currently studying in Singapore also gave some insight about what it’s like to study in KTH. Other Swedish universities alumni whose university was not represented in the event also came to support the Swedish booths.
“.. it was 5 years ago when I was among the crowd asking questions that led me to Sweden. Now, I am helping to answer those same questions” Laili Aidi, a former student of Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and KTH, shared her reflection of the event. Having to talk to Indonesians who have studied in Sweden helped visitors to relate better with Sweden and its higher education system.
The Swedish Institute booth shared studying in Sweden in general. It also helped scholarship-seekers to answer their questions regarding financing their studies. Furthermore, the Swedish Institute representatives also conducted a half-an-hour presentation sessions to further promote study in Sweden. Many curious visitors came to the session to get to know more about Sweden.
All in all, the Swedish booths received very well responds from the visitors. Through this event we hope to be able to introduce Sweden as the destination country for quality higher education. We hope to see more Indonesians in Sweden and more Swedish Alumni in Indonesia.
*The last photo is courtesy of the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta
Needless to say that educational process demands several components for a final success: good university + a very good library, challenging and expiring atmosphere in campuses, comfortable environment for living and rest. And though requirements for these “educational components” usually might be similar for different students, the “personal space” of student, such as accommodation, is defined much more by preferences and personal characteristics of each and every man.
Some people would like to live in dynamic places closer to city centers, being attracted by exploration of various aspects of city life (local culture, sport, business, etc). Other students could prefer more “peaceful” places, focusing on their university studies and working more by their one or in small groups.
That is why it’s always not easy to find accommodation, especially if you are moving to another city or even foreign country.
Here are some small tips for newcomers, which are moving to study in Sweden.
1) Still being in your home country, try to contact your future university’s accommodation service. Usually universities can provide their students with different types of accommodation (dorms or apartments) for quite fair price (depending on city, it costs from 2000 to 4500 krona). Probably, it’s one of the best strategies for beginning, because if you get university’s accommodation for at least 3-4 months, you will have enough time for adaptation in a new country, will explore surroundings better, and, probably, can find other possible variants for staying in the second half of academic year.
Couple of months might be also needed for finishing different registrations and receiving “personal number”. “Personnummer” (as it’s called here in Sweden) will be very useful, especially if you are planning to stay in Sweden for 2 or more years. It’s mostly used for getting special services in banks, some medical services, etc.
One of the advantages of university’s accommodation is that you can purchase a “package” of services: your monthly payments usually include electricity, water, heating, access to the Internet, and sometimes access to football field, tennis court or other sport\cultural infrastructure (though it varies from university to university, and you should clarify it explicitly before signing contract).
2) If you decide to rent you accommodation aside from university services, these internet platforms might be quite helpful (most of the web-sites have English version).
Good luck with your search for accommodations and have a nice time in Sweden!