The first  Free Shuttle Bus arrived at Frescati at 9:50.
The first Free Shuttle Bus arrived at Frescati at 9:50.


Over 1200 international students will start their studies at Stockholm University from this fall. The last two weeks of August are busy when students start arriving in Sweden in order to get organised before their term starts. Stockholm University organises an Orientation Week and an Orientation Day for the students during these intense days, the Housing Office hands out keys and students guides help out to get everyone oriented at campus.

International Student Guide Johan Eriksson (black t-shirt and pink shorts) welcomes the students.
International Student Guide Johan Eriksson (black t-shirt and pink shorts) welcomes the students.

At the Stockholm airports of Skavsta and Arlanda, student guides greeted the students, and free shuttle buses were organised on 22-24 August from Arlanda for the new Stockholm residents.

The Student House was open and the first group of students who arrived on Saturday morning were invited for their first Swedish fika by International Officer Ronald Nordqvist, followed by a first tour of campus.

Three students from City University of Hong Kong; Tammie, Natalie and Po Yi.
Three students from City University of Hong Kong; Tammie, Natalie and Po Yi.

For Tammie, Natalie, Po Yi from the City University of Hong Kong, who have come to Stockholm to study "Creative writing in English" and "Academic and scientific writing in English’" at the Department of English, this is their first trip to Europe. They decided to come to Sweden because they "wanted to experience something different in a Nordic country compared to Hong Kong".

Tobias Eckhardt is a German student in physics from Braunschweig University of Technology who says he plats to study at Stockholm University to "find courses that we do not have in TU Braunschweig and to meet people".

From left; Tobias, Guillaume and Elshan.
From left; Tobias, Guillaume and Elshan.

Guillaume Gosalbes from l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, who will study history, decided to come to Stockholm in order to "get out of his comfort zone", and Elshan Rahmanov from Azerbaijan is in Sweden to get a good education, and he will study a Master in International Commercial Arbitration Law.

The students we interviewed, who all visited Sweden and Stockholm for the first time, had lots of questions such as "where to buy a bike, how to get a student reduction for tickets to commute, where their phones can be charged".

A first "fika" in Studenthuset.
A first "fika" in Studenthuset.
 
 

Several students were happy about the warm welcome and said that they felt that it was "all very well organised"!

Stockholm University is most pleased to welcome all international students to the university and we hope that they will enjoy their time with us.

More photos are posted on our Facebook page.

 

 

14 of the students that arrived on the first bus.

14 of the students who arrived on the first bus.