Benjamin Schwendinger
Benjamin Schwendinger

More freedom in studies

Benjamin is now taking courses in the Department of Mathematics here at Stockholm University and finds that compared to his studies at the Vienna University of Technology, “It's not as strict as in my home country. A lot more tasks are voluntary and give you bonus points. On one side it gives students more freedom to decide how much they want to do, but on other side they won't understand the subject material so well if they aren't into it.” But, the biggest difference in his life in Stockholm is that “I don't speak the official language in Sweden. However it's no problem here, since nearly everybody speaks English.” He is also taking the opportunity to practice his language skills and is finding that “the exchange semester helps me a lot to improve my English, since I'm talking/reading and starting to think in English all the time.”

The chance of your life

For students considering an exchange semester, Benjamin says, “Just do it. No matter what you're thinking. It's probably the chance of your life and if it doesn't work out as you expected it, it's all over after six months.” Although he has only been in Sweden since January, he says, “Stockholm is a really beautiful city and Sweden is a great country. Although I've already travelled to the north to see the northern lights there is still so much left I want to see, while I'm here.”