German exchange student Veronica Christaller came to Stockholm to brush up her Swedish

German exchange student Veronica Christaller came to Stockholm to brush up her Swedish.

“I really love it here,” says Veronica, who has had an interest in Sweden since she was a child.

“I did a project on Sweden as a child and fell in love with the country,” says Veronica. “So although I initially thought about studying Philosophy at I decided on Nordic Languages .”

Unlike many foreign students who come to Sweden, Veronica could already speak some Swedish.

“I’ve been on language courses in Uppsala,” she says. “But this has been my first real stay in Stockholm.”

Speaking Swedish was a massive plus in getting admitted to the Nordic Languages programme along with regular Swedish students.

“Some exchange students have had to study Swedish for Foreigners but I really landed on my feet. I think being in a class with Swedes is why I’ve made Swedish friends,” says Veronica. “Unlike many exchange students, I’ve got to know the locals.”

The best thing about studying at Stockholm University, according to Veronica is her schedule.

“Compared to Germany I have less contact hours of teaching. That means I actually have time to read ALL the course books. I can really engage in class discussions,” says Veronica. “I feel like it allows me to get the most out of the work I’m doing.”

Veronica also enjoys exploring what the in the Swedish capital.

“There’s so much to do here. I just like getting on the T-bana (metro) and taking it to a new part of the city and having a look around.”

On the downside, Veronica isn’t convinced by Swedish bread.

“It’s just so sweet! It’s like the concept of whole-wheat hasn’t made it over the Öresund,” she says, laughing but deadly serious. “Bread in this country seems to have a very sweet, syrupy taste no matter what it says on the packaging.”

Despite missing German bread, Veronica’s convinced this is a good experience for her.

“It’s giving me the fluency in my Swedish that I wanted. Hopefully this will help me get a job working with Nordic languages back in Germany when I graduate; or even come and live and work in Sweden.”

“It’s expensive here for a German student. The cinema is perhaps 3 or 4 Euro more than at home. Still, the student accommodation is clean and I feel safe wandering around the campus. “

Text: Jon Buscall