It has been a long winter with darkness, lots of school work, exams, papers, and long days dreaming of what Swedish summer will look like. Now that classes are coming to an end and summer begins to leer closer and closer all of the international students get to plan their summers. And us Masters students, with a visa for two years, are curious as to what their two months off of school will entail.
My program is a two-year masters program that starts in the end of August and finishes the beginning of June. Many of my classmates will be heading to their home countries or to some other far off land for their summer holidays. For me, it makes more sense to stay and enjoy the Swedish summer I have been dreaming of for months.
Many students who will stick around have lots of things to do. First of all, Swedish universities have summer courses. While most are dreaming of two months without classes, some of us still enjoy a study filled summer. Also, if your interested in learning Swedish there are many summer programs available. There is no better way to study then on a blanket under the sun.
For other students, a job is critical for their summer stay in Sweden. While it may seem extremely difficult to find a job where limited knowledge of Swedish is acceptable, it is not impossible. However, a strong personal will and perseverance is required as the job hunt can be long and tedious. But if you find one, all of your international friends will be envious.
For all of the rest of us who have been dreaming of this moment since the beginning of the long, never-ending Swedish Winter, sticking around is the only option. The summer will be full of numerous picnics, bike rides through the forest, soaking in the sun at the beach or even canoeing through one of Sweden’s lakes. The best solution for two months off of school may just be no plans at all; with only one goal in sight: enjoying Swedish summer to its fullest potential.
I have to admit, never having experienced a full Swedish summer myself, it is hard to get mind off dreaming about the coming months. While some students may return to their home countries, the smart ones who stick around will be enjoying the long, warm and bright days of Swedish summer.