Eliza Cedervall dancing to the tune of one of the musical quiz songs at Orientation Day in Aula Magna
Eliza Cedervall dancing to the tune of one of the musical quiz songs at Orientation Day in Aula Magna

The Orientation Day visitors followed Stockholm University's Student Healthcare nurse Eliza Cedervall's advice and happily introduced themselves to the people sitting next to them in Aula Magna. A good 1,200 international students had decided to attend this welcoming event and the auditorium was crowded.
Beside the Student Healthcare the visitors also received information from representatives for the University Library, IT Services, the Student Union and many other departments and organizations.
Toni Wendel, 29, represented one of the many students from Germany.
– I studied Swedish in Germany so going to Sweden was a natural step for me, he explained.
At Stockholm University he will continue his Swedish studies and he hoped to become more fluent in this Scandinavian language that he sometimes found a bit tricky due to the grammar.

Swedish courses on offer

Needless to say, the majority of the visitors lacked Toni's basic Swedish skills and for those the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism gave an introduction to the Swedish courses offered to international students.
The host Ronald T. Nordqvist engaged the audience in a musical quiz where they had to guess the names of various Swedish artists. As the Swedish music industry rates the third biggest in the world, many international students smiled knowningly after the first few beats of each song. The prize consisted of carefully selected Stockholm University profile products.

Exhibition fair

During the interval there was an exhibition fair including many different exhibitors; Academic Writing Service, the International Office, the Housing Office, IT Services, Study and Career Counselling, a recruitment company, student clubs and organizations.
Ramona Tampa, 21, from Romania had arrived in Sweden only the day before.
– I am going to study Media and Communications studies, she said and went on to explain that one major reason for choosing Stockholm University was that the education is free of charge to EU citizens.
– I also learnt that Stockholm is a very safe city.

German student Enchae Lee attended Orientation Day
German student Enchae Lee attended Orientation Day

Enchae Lee, 22, from Germany grabbed one of the lunch sandwiches on offer and expressed her enthusiasm for her future life as a business student at Stockholm University. She chose to come here as Sweden and particularly Stockholm appealed to her.
– This is my first time here and Stockholm is so beautiful, she said before hurrying off to join her friends in gathering information from the various exhibitors.

Orientation Week

The Orientation Day is an event during the Orientation Week, a whole week filled with welcome activities for international students. During this week there is a welcome party, a guided bus tour in Stockholm, guided tours on campus, an excursion to IKEA and many other events for the students to take part in. Additionally, the Orientation Week Programme is designed to provide practical advice on a wide range of subjects, such as student email account, opening a bank account, student health care, Swedish language courses, student union activities and preparations for study.

Find out more about Stockholm University's Orientation Week Activities here.

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