News: Next Stop Student Ambassadorhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:41 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/What-do-I-pack-to-travel-to-Gothenburg.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/What-do-I-pack-to-travel-to-Gothenburg.aspxWhat do I pack to travel to Gothenburg?<p><b>Make sure to read this blog before packing!​</b></p><h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Packing_Banner_2x1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:1000px;height:500px" />​</h1> <h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"><span>​Hello everyone!</span></h1> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>This is an open letter to all new students who will start studying at Chalmers in this autumn semester.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>You are now days away from moving to Gothenburg and starting your studies at Chalmers. You must be counting down your days to come to Sweden, right? I remember two years ago in July, I was extremely excited because I started to make my shopping and packing list before leaving to Gothenburg. Since now I have been living in Gothenburg for a while, I want to share with you my advice on what to pack (and NOT to pack) to be prepared for Gothenburg's weather! But before we start, let's get one thing straight. There is a common Swedish proversb - There is no bad weather, there is only bad .... (drumroll) ... OUTFITS!</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>Note: This blog is intended to focus on outfits. We've also prepared some other tips for packing which you can read in <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Pack-Your-Things-and-Get-Ready.aspx" target="_blank">our packing tips blog​</a> and <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/More-Packing-Tips-to-be-Absolutely-Ready-for-Your-Trip-to-Gothenburg.aspx" target="_blank">packing do's and don'ts article</a>.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>There are two essential things about attires that I learned from my experience living in Gothenburg:</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"><span>One: layers, layers, layers!</span></h1> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span> </span><span> </span></h1> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"> </h1> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span> </span><span> </span></h1> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h1 class="ms-rteElement-H1" style="text-align:justify"><span>Two: second-hand shopping!</span></h1> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>When you arrive in Gothenburg for the autumn semester, you will have your welcome week. This awesome week will happen at the end of summer when the weather is still warm with some chances of rain and wind. Therefore, I would suggest you to bring simple clothing items that can be mixed and layered. The recommended outfits to bring from home are:</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>- t-s​hirts or shirts, </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>- sweatpants or comfortable pants, </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>- sweaters, </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>-  a few pairs of socks,</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>- warm wind-proof or water-proof jacket,</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>- one pair of comfortable water-proof shoes,</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>- one pair of cosy socks or sandals to use at home </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>If you also want to buy protective gear for your gadget, consider buying a waterproof cover for your laptop or a rain cover for your bag. On the other hand, I do not recommend you bring an umbrella because the wind here is quite strong that it might blow your umbrella away or even break it.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>What if you don't want to buy new waterproof shoes? Don't worry! You can also get a protective spray for waterproofing your shoes here in Gothenburg. It's not crucial to buy it in advance if you don't need in your home country.</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>I think the most important thing is to dress right and get used to the weather during your first several weeks in Gothenburg. During the exciting first month, you will be busy making new friends, getting used to school, attending seminars and lectures, and participating in CIRC's cool events. Therefore, prepare yourself with the right outfit for the day’s weather to make sure you enjoy every moment in Gothenburg.</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>*Tip: Bring a bag with a jacket or an extra shirt, when you are planning to go out the whole day in Gothenburg as the weather can change very quickly. You can add a layer or remove a layer whenever you feel like it!</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>When it is time for you to shop, you can buy outfits for the next season for a lower price in second-hand shops in Gothenburg. I do not recommend you carry your thick winter outfit from your home country as it will take up too much space in your luggage and it might not have the required features to match your need in Gothenburg.</span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="text-align:justify"><span>Second-hand shopping and upcycling is an emerging trend in Sweden as it promotes a sustainable lifestyle by reusing “good enough” products and reducing waste. You can find lots of winter jackets, raincoats, shoes, summer clothes, even books, electronics, and household items in the second-hand shops in Gothenburg. You can also join the buy and sell groups and student housing groups on Facebook and check if they have something for you to reuse. Fun fact: it is also common for people to give out their items for free when they are moving out! Another exciting thing is that there are a lot of second-hand pop-up markets or what we call &quot;Loppis&quot; in several spots in the city. People in Sweden generally really value their belonging. Therefore, second-hand items which are sold are mostly maintained in excellent quality. If you are lucky, you might find new things at a low price.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span>Happy packing!</span></p> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span>Text by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</span></p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><br /></p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </p> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span></div>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Personal-Identification-Number-and-Bank-account.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Personal-Identification-Number-and-Bank-account.aspxPersonal Identification Number and Bank Account<p><b>Fellow Chalmerist’s guide to your cash management system​​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Moving to a new country and getting accustomed to all the new rules and regulations can be quite confusing and hassling. But with proper guidance, these can be easily tackled. After arriving in Sweden, you will notice that everything is well organised here. We have tried to make your life easier by presenting general guidelines to your cash management system so that you spend more time on exploring the city and less time on payments!</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/BankandSwish_01.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:1000px;height:500px" /><br /><br /><br /></span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2" style="text-align:justify"><span>Personal Identification Number (Swedish: Personnummer)</span></h2> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Skatteverket.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2 chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Okay so you might be thinking why is this in the first place and why bank account has moved below! Trust me this is the first thing you need to acquire when you arrive here. Every citizen in Sweden is registered by <a href="https://www.skatteverket.se/servicelankar/otherlanguages/inenglish/individualsandemployees/livinginsweden/idcard.4.7be5268414bea064694c420.html" target="_blank">Swedish Tax Agency (Swedish: Skatteverket)</a> and is given a Personal Identification Number. It is also regarded as <a href="https://student.portal.chalmers.se/en/chalmersstudies/newstudent/checklist/Pages/Swedish-population-register.aspx" target="_blank">Swedish population register​</a>. This ten digit number is divided into two parts, first six digits indicate your birth year, month and date and last four digits are unique for every person. You will require this number for any authority contacts and other benefits like seeking membership to any store. </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Depending on your length of study, you may or may not be entitled to have personnummer. If your study is less than two years, unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply for one. In such case, you will be given a coordination number. But if your program has two years duration, you are required to apply for it.You will need to book an appointment and bring the following documents to Skatterverket to apply for personnummer:</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"></p> <ul><li><div>Passport</div></li> <li><div>Residence permit</div></li> <li><div>University admission letter (Notification of selection)</div></li> <li><div>Marriage certificate (if you are married)</div></li> <li><div>Rental contract/address information</div></li></ul> <p></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>After filling out a form and submitting these documents, you will have to pay a fee of 400 SEK. This can be paid online or via any bank. Note that if you pay through a bank, they will charge 50 SEK extra. After payment, book an appointment again and bring the proof of payment. This time your biometrics will be collected which includes fingerprints and photo.Make sure you prepare your best look for the day because it will be printed on your new cool ID Card! After few weeks, you will receive a letter instructing you to head to Skatterverket to sign and collect your card. Usually, staffs from Skatteverket come to Chalmers in one of the day during welcome week and you will be notified of the time by Chalmers mail. If you miss out on this occasion, don’t worry; you can always go to Skatteverket office directly and ask the officer to help you.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2" style="text-align:justify"><span>Bank Account</span></h2> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Banktoken_01.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2 chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px" />Soon to be a cashless society, you will feel the urge to obtain a debit/credit card as soon as you arrive in Sweden. In Chalmers, every payment is processed by card transaction. It is better if you already have a credit card that can be used in Sweden. Nevertheless, it is quite useful if you apply for a bank account earlier.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Having a personnummer makes it quite easy to open a bank account. If you don’t have one, fret not! You can still open an account,but the process will take longer as they will verify information about you. There are several banks in Gothenburg that you can choose like <a href="https://seb.se/" target="_blank">SEB</a>, <a href="https://www.nordea.se/" target="_blank">Nordea</a>, <a href="https://www.handelsbanken.se/en/" target="_blank">Handelsbanken​</a>, <a href="https://www.swedbank.se/" target="_blank">Swedbank</a>, <a href="https://www.icabanken.se/" target="_blank">ICA Banken</a>, <a href="https://www.forex.se/en/" target="_blank">Forex Bank</a>, <a href="https://danskebank.se/privat?sc_cid=GOOGLE%7cPersonal.Brand.PureBrand.EX%7cDanske+Bank%7cdanske+bank&amp;sc_adw=true&amp;sc_tra=TC&amp;gclid=CMH0n-bc6dsCFZOMhQodbCkG3w&amp;gclsrc=ds" target="_blank">Danske Bank</a> etc. Before you visit their office, it is possible to book an appointment by calling them. You can find contacts on their respective websites. </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Opening hours of banks are usually from 9 to 15. Depending on the bank, some branches close at 13, some remain open until 18. On the weekends, every bank is closed. Apart from the above documents that you require to apply for personnummer, you may need to bring a certificate of registration which you can easily obtain via student portal or by visiting student centre. US citizens have to fill an additional tax paper document supplied by Swedish banks when you visit one. After all the procedures, it takes one to few weeks until you get an account number and a debit card. Some banks also send code box to your mail address which is used to sign into your account online. All banking activities can be easily operated by their respective mobile apps. Most banks charge a monthly fee for maintaining your account and payments which range from 20 to 40 SEK. Some banks do not charge any (for example Danske bank). </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>If you have dollars or Euros, you can exchange them only at Forex bank. Some banks do not have any physical branch,and all financial activities are performed over the internet (for example ICA Banken).</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Now that you have acquired your personnummer and opened an account, you are all set to open your Bank-ID and Swish account. Bank-ID is a personal e-ID or a legitimation app that you can use to authenticate and conclude agreements with individuals online. Along with your codebox, you can use Bank-ID to log into your bank account or finalise payment while Swish is a favourite mobile app that is used to transfer money instantly and securely using phone numbers without any charge. To setup an account, you need to connect your phone number with your bank account. </span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><span>Phew!!!!! With all that being said we do hope that we have made it a tad easier for you. We hope your stay in this Viking land will be pleasant with our little tips and guidelines.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text by Raihan Abir</div>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-should-I-pay-my-first-rent.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-should-I-pay-my-first-rent.aspxHow should I pay my first rent?<p><b>​​Now that you have booked your accommodation, what&#39;s next?​​​​​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>Hopefully, you have gotten your accommodation by now, especially from <a href="https://student.portal.chalmers.se/en/studentlife/accommodation-housing/Pages/Accommodation-housing.aspx" target="_blank">housing agencies with an agreement with Chalmers</a>. There is also accommodation guarantee from Chalmers for <a href="https://student.portal.chalmers.se/en/studentlife/accommodation-housing/Pages/Accommodation-tuition-fee-scholarship-students.aspx" target="_blank">students who pay tuition fee and/or get a scholarship</a>, and <a href="https://student.portal.chalmers.se/en/studentlife/accommodation-housing/Pages/Accommodation-exchange-students.aspx" target="_blank">exchange students</a>*. If you haven't, don't give up! There are other services and alternatives, such as <a href="https://nya.boplats.se/" target="_blank">Boplats</a><sup>1</sup>, <a href="https://www.blocket.se/goteborg?q=&amp;cg=0&amp;w=1&amp;st=u&amp;c=&amp;ca=15&amp;is=1&amp;l=0&amp;md=th" target="_blank">Blocket</a><sup>2</sup>, and other private landlords. I was struggling with looking for accommodation last year, but after having tried many options and patiently waiting, I finally got my housing. So, be patient and don't give up! </span></span><span style="background-color:initial">When you have booked your accommodation, it’s time to keep your place and pay the first rent. If you are still deciding whether to pay from your home country (pre-departure) or pay in Sweden (post-arrival), I will share some experience for both payments.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><em>*</em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Bilateral agreements, Nordic 5 Tech, UNITECH, Erasmus Mundus, Double Master's Degree and Linnaeus-Palme students</em></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><span>​<br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2"><span>Pay from your home country (pre-departure)</span></h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>Housing agencies usually want you to pay the rent in advance, for example, </span><a href="https://cis.sgsstudentbostader.se/S%c3%b6k-bostad/Apply-for-housing-CIS-UGOT/Pay-the-first-rent-in-advance" target="_blank"><span>SGS Studentbostäder</span></a><span>. If you start in August, then you should have paid at the latest by the end of July.</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>The first installment of housing rent usually can only be paid through bank transfer. Students from outside Sweden might not have Swedish bank account yet. Thus you should use international bank transfer and prepare:</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><ul><li><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Name of the landlord/ Recipient of the payment </span></p></li> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Name, address, and account number of landlord’s bank</span></p></li> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>BIC and IBAN of your landlord </span></p></li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span><span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span><span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>Bring the information to your bank and ask the officer to help you with the transfer. I used this method last year because I found it more comfortable and wanted my rent paid before I came. However, you should keep your fingers crossed that the exchange rate will be reasonable, and also be prepared that usually there is an extra transfer charge for the international transaction. For some countries, you can use an online service like ‘</span><a href="https://transferwise.com/" target="_blank"><span>Transferwise</span></a><span>’ as an alternative for international bank transfer. Don’t forget to check the due date payment for your accommodation and pay it on time. International transactions usually take more time than domestic transactions. Check with your bank and send a notice to the landlords if you have some difficulties or delay when paying the rent. If you miss your payment, you might lose your place.</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2"><span>Pay in Sweden (post-arrival)</span></h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>Some other housing agencies would still let you pay after your arrival. Don’t worry, the landlord will still let you in and use the apartment as long as you keep good communication. </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>You might not have a bank account in Sweden yet, so you have to pay with cash. Note that not all landlords would accept banknote or cash. Therefore, you have to bring your money to the bank and ask them to transfer it to your landlord’s bank account. Not every bank in Sweden accepts cash, so you can’t just go to any bank. I remember last year my friend was trying to pay directly to Handelsbanken, which was the landlord’s bank account, but the bank did not accept cash (anymore). So, he looked for another bank and found Forex Bank, which accepts cash and could transfer it to another bank account. It is very convenient to do actually, but you will be charged 50SEK for every transaction. </span></span><span style="background-color:initial">When you already have your Swedish bank account, you can transfer to your landlord using online banking, so you don’t have to visit the bank anymore.</span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>Extra note: Some of you might get housing from private landlords or other housing agencies. If so, make sure you contact them properly, so you know if they are reliable and trustworthy. It is highly recommended that you send money only after seeing the property and meeting the landlord in person, which means you pay after your arrival. Be sure that you have clear contract or agreement as well. Best of luck and I hope you could get the most suitable housing for you. </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span><span><span> </span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>That’s my experience, hope it is useful for you! If you encounter any problems or want to ask something, you are very welcome. See you in Gothenburg! </span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p><span><span><span><span>  </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><sup>1</sup></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Boplats is a marketplace for looking for a place to stay in Gothenburg by sharing information about the housing market to applicants and other parties involved.</span></span></span></span></p> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span> </span></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span><span><span>  </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><sup>2</sup></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Blocket is a marketplace in Sweden to help people buy and sell goods.</span></span></span></span></p> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"> </h6><div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> <span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span>Text and images by Nurina Heratri</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> </span></div>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/The-Friendly-Chalmerist’s-Guide-to-Transportation-and-Safety.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/The-Friendly-Chalmerist%E2%80%99s-Guide-to-Transportation-and-Safety.aspxThe Friendly Chalmerist’s Guide to Transportation and Safety<p><b>​A short guide to help you in and around Gothenburg ​​​​​​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">As a new student (or sometimes even as an old one) figuring out the most convenient travel options around the city as well as navigating them safely could be a daunting prospect. It might also be nice to have some general information on hand about the best ways to stay safe in campus, around campus and just about anywhere really. As such we present you dear reader, the friendly Chalmerist’s guide to safety and transportation.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">(We covered transport systems in an <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Transportation-in-Gothenburg.aspx">earlier post​</a> - fair warning: it’s an old post and the prices have changed now)</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Transportation</h5> <div style="text-align:justify">When it comes to getting around, there are many transportation options to choose from depending on your ambitions and budget. The vast bus and tram network provided by Västtrafik can get you almost everywhere within the city and surrounding area within an hour (Västtrafik is the company responsible for running the public transport around the Gothenburg region). With discounted 30 days or 90 day passes for students with their Mecenat Student ID, or simple 90-minute passes purchased on the app or a reloadable card, it’s a very convenient way to get around.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">If you forget to buy a card and don’t have the app, you can get tickets on board the trams. If you start your journey on the bus, you will need to find a nearby Pressbyrån, 7 Eleven, or other sellers (all these are general purpose stores – in case you haven’t heard of them). When we’re planning to go somewhere, we always check the Reseplanerare app, or Västtrafik ToGo app (both are officially supported apps and are regularly updated with timings, you can also buy tickets on the ToGo app) to see the schedule of trams, buses, and ferries to our desired location. The app also shows any delays in the schedules as well as the schedule for later in the day. (More specifics about the public transport can be found on the <a href="https://www.vasttrafik.se/en/" target="_blank">Västtrafik official website</a>).</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/IMG_2124.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:400px" />Now that the weather is warmer, one of our favourite ways to get around is by bike. Depending on the distance we need to travel, biking is often faster than waiting for the bus, and it gives us more freedom to stop and explore parts of the city we haven’t already seen. There are many bike lanes beside the roads and sidewalks and convenient signs to point you in the right direction. For those of you who don’t want to spend money on a new bike, you could always get a cheap second-hand one. <a href="https://css.chs.chalmers.se/" target="_blank">Chalmers Students for Sustainability​</a> runs frequent events where you can get a second-hand bike for less than the price of a full meal at a restaurant or you could head down to <a href="http://www.cykelkoket.org/en/" target="_blank">Cykelköket</a> (a.k.a. The Bike Kitchen) where they also give you instructions on how to fix your bike.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Make sure you have an idea about your route before you start cycling so that you can use all the proper paths available.</div> <div style="text-align:justify">While the paths generally have lights, at night make sure you have a white light for the front of your bike and a red one for the rear so that other cars and bikers are sure to see you. If you acquire a bike, make sure you also get a good lock, as bike thefts are relatively common.  To get across the river, you can bike across the bridges, but you may also take your bike on the Västtrafik ferries. On ferry line 286 you can cross Göta-Älv for free, while ferry 285 is paid by the same passes as buses and trams. You cannot, however, take your bike on the buses.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">On the chance that you do not want to buy a bike, you can directly rent one from the various Styr &amp; Ställ points around the city (Styr &amp; Ställ is one of the many companies that provide bike renting options in Gothenburg – they are also the largest and most visible). The most excellent part is that the first 30 minutes are always free no matter how many times a day you rent the bike and the second half hour is only 10 SEK. Since most of their stations are suitably spaced, it makes for a quick and cheap commute (For a list of all the Styr &amp; Ställ points around you, you can simply search Styr &amp; Ställ on Google Maps). You can find more information about renting the bikes on the official <a href="http://en.goteborgbikes.se/" target="_blank">Styr &amp; Ställ website</a>.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Gothenburg is an extremely pretty city and as a result is a perfect haven for people who prefer walking everywhere - indeed you could cover most spots in the city by foot since it’s not that big either. The Google maps app gives pretty good recommendations as to best walking routes but remember to look up from your phone every once in a while.</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Safety</h5> <div style="text-align:justify">Chalmers, Gothenburg, and Sweden in general are incredibly safe, but it would still be nice to have a few guidelines on hand. (Some of the points might seem patronizing, but please bear with us, dear reader.)</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">First off. Never ever forget your key, door tags or key cards at home! One thing is the hassle you face to go all the way back home to get it, and the other is the fact that that would have been your only way of getting in to most places over here. (You really don’t want to keep waking your corridor mate up just because you forgot your keys at 2 A.M. - take our word for it). Also, most departments in Chalmers can only be accessed with the use of a key card after 17:00. That holds true for the weekends as well, except on Sunday, where you will need a card to get in at any time whatsoever.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Sometimes your evenings at Chalmers may extend to the later hours of the night. When returning home, make sure to stay on roads/paths that are well lit if you are walking or cycling. If you are going by tram or bus, it may be best to check the schedule in advance to minimize the time you spend waiting at the stops. On the weekends in the late evenings, you may notice some security guards around campus, who are there to make sure everyone stays safe. <span style="background-color:initial">A PDF list of resources </span><span style="background-color:initial">compiled by the student union is </span><span style="background-color:initial">available on their website to help students in different situations</span><span style="background-color:initial"> (<a href="https://chalmersstudentkar.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Kontaktlista_CHS_eng_interactive.pdf" target="_blank">download pdf</a>). </span><span style="background-color:initial">The most useful number to remember from this list is the general emergency line 112 for police, fire and medical emergencies. Hopefully, you will never need to dial this line, but in the event you do, it’s good to know it by heart.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">With these tips on getting around and staying safe, we hope Gothenburg will come to feel like home for you in no time.​</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Text and image by Rebecca Gillie and Sangeeth Gandhi</em></span></div>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/I-got-admitted-to-Chalmers!.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/I-got-admitted-to-Chalmers!.aspxI got admitted to Chalmers!<p><b>Time flies! It has been almost two years since my first day at Chalmers!​</b></p><span>Hej everyone!</span><div><span>​</span></div> <div><span>It has been exactly 2 years since I received a notification that I was admitted to the programme of Design for Sustainable Development (recently changed to Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability). It was one of the happiest days in my life that I won't ever forget! Some of you are still waiting for the result, and I am wishing you the best of luck! I am really excited to see you here at Chalmers! And for some of you who are interested to come to Chalmers, don't hesitate to apply or at least join our facebook group to learn more about Chalmers!</span></div> <div><br /><span></span><div> <span> </span><div><span><span>So, in this blog, I want to share with you about my experience after I got the result of admission.</span></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><span>First of all, I tried to make a priority list! My days were pretty busy since I was working at the same time, therefore I really need to manage my time and priorities really well.</span></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><span>Here's my priority list in a nutshell:</span></span></div> <span> </span><div><ul><li><span>Check how to get a student apartment. </span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Check how to get a residence permit and visa.</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Try to find a group or network of admitted students or international students to get more information.</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Prepare to be familiar with Chalmers' curriculum and terminology.</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Try to start learning Swedish.</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Watch some videos / read blogs about what to bring to Sweden in preparation to live abroad.</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>(which means) MAKE A SHOPPING LIST!</span><br /></li></ul></div> <span> </span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><span>I was really excited and happy as Chalmers really did a great job to prepare incoming students with loads of helpful information through the website, webinars, and even personal call! Universities in Sweden also have good collaboration with Swedish Embassy. One of the highlights of my life in 2016 was to attend the pre-departure meeting with the people from Study in Sweden and Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta. I even met the Ambassador of Sweden in Indonesia!</span></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><span>I want to share my timeline during 2016, which might be useful for you who are getting ready to go to Sweden!</span></span></div> <span> </span><div><ul><li><span>Apply for the residence permit: May 2016</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Pre-departure meeting: May 2016</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Apply for the student apartment: June 2016</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Enter the facebook group of Next Stop Chalmers: as soon as possible, I joined around May 2016</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Shopping starts: July 2016</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Departing from Jakarta: 19 August 2016</span><br /></li> <span> </span><li><span>Day 1 of welcoming week: 22 August 2016</span><br /></li></ul></div> <span> </span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><span>There you go! Of course every year the dates are not exactly the same, but you get the big idea!</span></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span> </span><div><span><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/titis_phadder.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:220px;height:164px" /><br /><em><span><span><span>And.. this is a picture taken on my first week in Sweden where I met such wonderful people in the welcoming week! So lucky to have such a fun phadder group!</span></span></span></em><br /><br /></span></div> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><div></div> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><div><span></span><span><span><span>Hopefully you are excited to come to Chalmers as much as I did two years ago, and up until now, studying at Chalmers and living in Sweden are the best life experiences that I have!</span></span></span><span><br /></span></div> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><div><br /></div> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><div><span><span><span><span>Have a great day!</span></span></span></span></div> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><div><span><br /></span></div> <span><span><span> </span></span></span><div><span><span><span><span>Text and images by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</span></span></span><span> </span></span></div></div></div>Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Life-saving-apps-for-your-sweet-life-in-Sweden.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Life-saving-apps-for-your-sweet-life-in-Sweden.aspxLife-saving apps for your sweet life in Sweden<p><b>​Living in Sweden is easier when you have these apps on your phone!​​​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Sweden is famous for its never-ending innovation, especially in technology. In this era when almost all things are possible to be digitalised, and almost everyone has a smartphone, it is inevitable that we are becoming dependent to apps. Some apps specifically help you to enjoy your life a little better and easier while studying in Gothenburg. Worth to mention that we are not sponsored by any apps or companies, I am just sharing our daily life experience using these technologies to help us enjoy our lives better while studying in Sweden.</span><div><br /></div> <div>1. Transportation apps</div> <div><em>Västtrafik To Go, GoWest / Reseplanerare (Travel Plan)</em></div> <div>The main public transportation facility in Gothenburg is Västtrafik. You can buy a virtual transportation ticket whenever wherever using To Go. This app is a very convenient tool where you can buy tickets wherever, whenever you want. While for checking the travel schedule, you can use Reseplanerare or GoWest.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>2. Studying apps</div> <div><em>Pingpong, Chalmers maps</em></div> <div>Chalmers has its own app for maps and studies purpose. Pingpong is one of the main apps we use at Chalmers to get every information about our studies, for example, course schedule, documents, lecture materials, assignments, and announcements. Pingpong is a very convenient app where you can also contact your teacher and classmate using its messaging feature.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/app%20pingpong%203.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Pingpong app that helps you access your study information at Chalmers!</em><br /><br /></div> <div>3. Language apps</div> <div><em>Learning Swedish, Duolingo, </em><em>memrise</em><em>, google translate, dictionary</em></div> <div>If you are interested in studying Swedish (or any other languages), you can download some apps that can help you study better. For a quick help in your daily life, google translate and dictionary are quite sufficient to help you understand what you are reading in public places.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/app%20language.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div>3. Student card apps</div> <div><em>Mecenat, Chalmers card balance app, </em><em>studentkortet</em></div> <div>At Chalmers, card is king. We do not use cash at all on campus. Instead, we use card everywhere. You can buy your needs at Chalmers using your credit card, but the student union card will be able to give you some good deals and discounts. Chalmers Student Union Card can be accessed through a virtual app called Mecenat. Here you can find a lot of information about discounts and your card information. Once you forget to bring your wallet with your physical card, this app can be used as a substitute for a proof that you are a student by showing your virtual student ID. To check your balance on your student union card, use Chalmers Card Balance app.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>4. Shopping apps</div> <div><em>Tiendeo</em></div> <div>There are a lot of shopping apps in Sweden, but I will need more than just one blog post! I picked one shopping app that is essential in student’s daily life for grocery shopping which is Tiendeo. This app gives you access to online shopping catalogue from different brands of the supermarket. In Sweden, sometimes you get printed catalogue in your mailbox from the nearest supermarket. By using this app, you can get the same information (and more from other supermarkets) without paper. It is quite helpful to know what is the best deal of this week and to help you plan your meals for the week.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>5. Food apps</div> <div><em>Karma food</em></div> <div>As Sweden is very aware of sustainability, there is an app that helps us rescue food from being thrown away. Karma food is an app to find discounts for food that are available in the restaurants in the whole city to minimalise food waste.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>6. Bank apps</div> <div><em>Swish, BankID</em></div> <div>Sweden is moving towards a cashless society where almost all things are organised on various digital platforms. If you have a bank account in Sweden, you will have the possibility to access your account through an app. There is one main app that everyone has in Sweden which is BankID. This is a legitimation app where you can identify yourself before you enter important websites or bank accounts. There is also an app called Swish where you can transfer money easily from one account to another by using the verified phone number. Based on my experience, this app is very convenient especially when you do a food festival where the seller does not have a card machine, and you don’t have cash with you. You can just pay with Swish through your smartphone. Another benefit is when you have a party or a dinner where you split the bills with your friends.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>There you go! Hope this blog will be useful for you during your study in Sweden. Extra tip: Use the language apps before you come to Sweden to be familiar with the language here! It is extra fun when you are able to communicate in the beautiful Swedish language.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Image and text by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</div> <div><br /></div>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-expensive-is-it-to-live-in-Gothenburg.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-expensive-is-it-to-live-in-Gothenburg.aspxHow expensive is it to live in Gothenburg?<p><b>Have you been wondering about how much do students spend to live in Gothenburg? Click to read more!</b></p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">​</span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="background-color:window">Hello!</span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Have you applied for a master's programme at Chalmers, yet? Are you still thinking about applying?</div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">If finance is one of your concerns, this blog might be useful for you as I will share my experience related to living expenses during my studies at Chalmers.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">If you try to find information online about life expenses in Sweden, you might come across to somehow surprising numbers as it is considered as one of the most expensive country to live in. Some of the blogs and article I have read before I came here mentioned that I will need at least 8500 SEK per month to live in Sweden.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">I would like to say that living expenses in Sweden are varied and it depends on the city where you live and the rent cost for your apartment or house. I have lived almost one and a half year in Gothenburg and fortunately I found a place to live which is not as expensive as the others. With that being said, rent cost is still taking the top spot of my highest monthly expense. Second on the list is transportation fee. Since I do not have a bike, I have to go by public transportation every day. Next on the list is groceries and food. As an example of monthly expenses in Gothenburg, you can check out the image below. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/DSC05339.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:900px;height:1173px" /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Other than rent cost, living expenses depend so much on your lifestyle. For example if you buy a subscription for premium apps like music and movies or if you sign up to a full access membership for a gym, you will have to spend some extra money. In some occasions, we also need to have some extra money for other purposes. Some of the most common extra expenses is to attend special dinners, buy presents for a special friend, and go for a study trip for instance.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">That's all for today's blog! Hope it will be useful for you to get an overview about living cost in Gothenburg. If you are planning to apply to Chalmers this application period, be sure to check the scholarship page on our website and see if you are eligible to apply for one of them! Good luck and hope to see you at Chalmers!</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Text and image by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</div>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-to-spend-less-money-while-living-independently-abroad.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-to-spend-less-money-while-living-independently-abroad.aspxHow to spend less money while living independently abroad<p><b>Time management is important as a student. But financial management is also essential.​​</b></p><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="font-size:10pt;background-color:initial"><strong>Living abroad can be a challenge for some people. And of course new environment, new culture, new ways of living can be very exciting! This time I want to share my thoughts about how to live independently abroad while still being able to manage money wisely and live life to the fullest. </strong></span><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><br /></strong></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Prioritize your need</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Once you move to a new country, you will realize that you need lots of things. Make a list and prioritize your need. It will be great if you can also make a plan when to buy these stuffs. Do your homework as a researcher as well! ;) What I meant is search for as much information as you need before purchasing. Join buy and sell group or an international student group on Facebook, find a second-hand shop or a second-hand forum. You might find what you need there for a better price, even for free! Recycling and upcycling is one of a sustainable way of living, so why not start with the way you shop? If you need to buy new stuffs, most Swedish business has their website where you can check their products and prices.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Put your cooking apron on</strong></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><br /></strong></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/IMG20170601124845.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:750px;height:748px" /><br /><br /><br /></strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Eating in a restaurant in Sweden can be quite expensive if you eat out every day. Use this situation to improve your cooking skills. Swedish shops and supermarkets have almost everything you need. And of course, you can start from something really easy like grilled cheese or microwave omelette. Look for a 10 minutes recipes online, nowadays you can find them very easily. From my experience, you can make your own lunch for 15 SEK per portion. While when you buy a sandwich from a shop you would spend at least 30 SEK. Average price for lunch meal is 40 - 100 SEK depends on the restaurant you go to. Of course it is okay to eat out especially when you have no time to cook. It was a big change for my habit in the beginning, because even though I like cooking, I rarely cook every day during my bachelor years because food at school was very cheap. Now I have to manage my time even better to spare some time to prepare my own meals.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Try to do new things</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">There are so many ways to make extra allowance these days. If you have a talent in arts, you can try to sell your artworks. Or you can find a fun job in a new environment such as a dog walker. In this international environment, you can always look for a remote part time job. I just started to work as a citizen journalist in one of the television in Indonesia, and it is so much fun that I can work remotely from Gothenburg and report cool stuffs from here. Other thing you can try is to invent business ideas with friends. You are surrounded with brilliant people at Chalmers. Spend some time together, brainstorm, and poof! You might be the next awesome entrepreneur of the future.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Card is king, take a good care of it</strong></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><br /></strong></div> <div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/titis_nov1_750x340.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">I know how exciting it is to get your own credit card especially if you are a fan of online shopping, music and movies, premium apps, and online membership. Be sure that you always check your automatic debit payment for these subscriptions as you don't want to wonder where your money disappeared and turned out one of your unused smartphone app had an automatic monthly payment. Keep checking your subscription invoices, list these things up in your private note and you'll be fine. </div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Be involved in students and voluntary activities</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">There are many student activities you can join at school and outside school. When big events like music festivals and international conferences are held, usually the organizer would recruit volunteer workers to help out with the event. You can actually sign up and be involved actively in those activities. You will get a chance to meet new people, get new knowledge, or even meet your future employer. These voluntary works are not always paid, but at least you will get an opportunity to widen your network. Sometimes the organizer provide food during the event as well, so you can actually save some food expenses during these days. Other than voluntary works, lunch meetings and seminars are also common. Keep yourself updated so you won't miss the chance to learn something new while saving money at the same time.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Enjoy the ride and give yourself a treat</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">At the end of the day, you really need to enjoy every single time you spend in your journey. Life is about living it gratefully and being happy is what matters. So don't forget to give yourself a good pad in the back and be happy for every step you take. It is okay to give yourself a treat once in a while. A good slice of chocolate fudge cake and good coffee, perhaps? Or a trip to the north to see the northern lights?</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Finally, thank you for reading and I hope this blog can be useful for you! Have a very great day :)</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Image and Text by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Chalmers-Student-Life.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Chalmers-Student-Life.aspxChalmers Student Life<p><b>​Curious about the student&#39;s life at Chalmers? Read more aboout it here!​​​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">Studying </span><span style="background-color:initial">at Chalmers, I can spot a list of difference in stud</span><span style="background-color:initial">ent culture compared to what I had back home and these differences really changed my way of life. </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify;font-size:16px"><strong>Everyone is welcome!</strong></div> <div style="text-align:justify;font-size:16px"><strong> </strong></div> <div style="text-align:justify">One of the most important culture I felt since day one is the sense of inclusiveness. Everyone has the right to speak their mind in a forum. The study process at Chalmers always includes discussion or seminar session where we discuss almost about everything! Most assignments also contain group work. Even though sometimes there are one or two individual assignment, at the end they are always discussed in a forum. This experience has changed the way I study as it made me realize how these discussion processes can lead to so many fresh innovative ideas. During bachelor years, I am used to work individually almost all the time. It made me nervous at first just to speak my mind in the forum, but it was part of the exciting experience. I needed some time to be brave enough to express my opinion but now I am becoming more confident to share my ideas and thoughts. I also feel like these experiences have helped me to practice my speaking skills, especially because English is not my native language.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify;font-size:16px"><span><strong>We love lunchtime!</strong></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify;font-size:16px"><span><strong> </strong></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Another culture that I love so much about studying at Chalmers is the lunch culture. The awareness towards sustainable lifestyle has given a big impact to how people live in Sweden, including (or especially) students. Many students cook and bring their own lunch. Lunchtime has become an important time of the day as it is an opportunity to socialize, make new friends, and discuss interesting stuffs. The most common thing to happen is to share food and recipe to other friends which is very fun, especially because of the international environment. We can learn about each other's culture from different countries. Some people who are not very fond of cooking usually buy their lunch in Chalmers' restaurant or cafeteria. A unique thing that you will find at Chalmers' restaurant is the carbon footprint information on the menu. As this university encourages sustainable lifestyle, it is your right to be informed about what you eat and how much carbon footprint does this food need to get on to your plate. Chalmers' restaurants always have choices for vegetarians as well, which is great!</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify;font-size:16px"><strong>Being organized is key.</strong></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The time management at Chalmers also taught me a lot to work effectively. As I have mentioned before that Chalmers encourages a sustainable lifestyle, this also applied for working or studying lifestyle. Everything is organized in a well-structured schedule where we are given the working hour time to study and finish all assignments while still having free time on weekends to have a relaxing life outside school. I learn to manage my time wisely and work as effectively as possible between 08.00 and 17.00 and then still have time to relax, prepare food, and make time for my hobbies. Of course in some cases I will have to add extra working or studying hour after 17.00 but I can say that it is quite normal, especially during deadline weeks! However, most of the time, the time given in the schedule are just right to finish all of the given assignments.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/DSC04512.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:800px;height:788px" /><br /><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>Fika!</strong></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Last but not least: the fika culture. Having a break takes a great part in the working habit, and Swedish people know it best. In order to reach the maximum outcome of our work, we need to feel happy and inspired. To feel happy and inspired, our brain and body needs a break once in a while. Fika is a Swedish culture to take a break while having warm drink and sweet snack. The most popular one in Sweden is the combination of coffee and cinnamon bun. However, there are lots of choices of tea and other sweets which people love as well. Fika time is also a great opportunity to refresh our mind by socializing with friends and talk about anything. Usually, bright ideas come after fika!</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">So, what is your favorite Swedish culture? For those of you who aren’t in Sweden yet, what Swedish culture that you’re most curious about? Application to Swedish universities is opened now, hope to see you soon at Chalmers! Don’t forget to check out our videos about application to Chalmers on our youtube channel: Next Stop Chalmers.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text and image by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-to-be-Well-Prepared-for-Autumn-in-Gothenburg.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-to-be-Well-Prepared-for-Autumn-in-Gothenburg.aspxHow to be Well Prepared for Autumn in Gothenburg<p><b>Autumn is here!​​</b></p><span>For those of you who lives in Gothenburg or at least have been in Gothenburg, you must have known how Gothenburg can change from warm sunny day to cold rainy day in a flash, so I guess this saying is quite relevant &quot;There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing&quot;. Coming from a country with only 2 seasons with mostly sun all year long, living in Sweden taught me a lot about adaptation and preparation. Here is my version of quick tips for your easy autumn preparation in Gothenburg!</span><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px"><br /></span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="background-color:window"></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/autumn_blogpost.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:532px" /><br /><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>1. Always check weather forecast</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Although it is not always 100% correct, it is good to check the forecast every morning just to know what should you wear and bring before you go out.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>2. Backup plan is best</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">It is better to be well prepared for the day - but not too much. After checking the weather forecast, I would recommend you to bring an extra piece of clothing just for the day. I always bring my raincoat whenever it says there is a chance of rain, and on a colder day, I bring an extra sweater in my bag.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>3. Yay for vitamin D</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">The sun rarely shows up in autumn in Gothenburg. As a new student, I didn't figure out why I felt so lazy and not so energized during my first autumn semester in Sweden. A friend of mine told me to get vitamin D for daily use. I wasn't very familiar with it because I have never needed it in Indonesia. But here, it does help your body to stay energized!</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>4. Nay for bad hair day</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">For you who has long hair (or a full bang), windy day in Gothenburg could be tricky to keep your look tidy. Always keep a hairband, a cap, or your version of a &quot;first aid kit&quot; for your hair to make sure you look nice and tidy for your day (especially if you have an important day!).</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>5. Keep yourself warm and dry</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Warm socks, sweater, scarf, raincoat, and waterproof shoes. Those are the essential things for your rainy autumn days in Gothenburg. If you don't have a waterproof shoes yet, or want to go out for a run with your favorite running shoes, you can also consider buying a waterproof spray which costs less than buying a new pair of shoes. In my experience, it will cost 75 - 150 SEK per bottle. As I have probably mentioned in the previous blogpost, I will recommend you to wear a raincoat instead of using an umbrella. The windy city of Gothenburg will easily blow your umbrella away.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>6. Keep your skin and lip moisturized</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Chapped lip and cuts on the skin are very common in the colder weather. If you are not used to this cold and dry weather, you might want to bring your lip-balm and hand cream along with you whenever you go.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>7. Embrace the autumn vibe!</strong></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong> </strong></span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">The season can be cold and cloudy, but there is always a reason to embrace it. This is the perfect weather to have fika with friends while staying indoors. When it is a sunny day, you should really go outside and enjoy the nature. The sunsets are often very beautiful in this season, as it shines against the yellow leaves and the rippling water.</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">There you go! I hope you enjoy autumn in Sweden as much as I do!</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Share your autumn experience to our instagram account : @nextstopchalmers</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Hej då!</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br /></div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span><div class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Text, photo, and digital illustration by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</div> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span></div>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/From-the-land-of-Pharaohs-to-the-sustainable-Sweden-In-a-nutshell.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/From-the-land-of-Pharaohs-to-the-sustainable-Sweden-In-a-nutshell.aspxFrom the land of Pharaohs to the sustainable Sweden: In a nutshell<p><b>​Through the previous posts of the Egypt- Sweden blog, we have flown together to many destinations, discussed different points from my perspective about how it is different to live in both countries in terms of many aspects, we started with:</b></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"></blockquote> <div> </div> <ul style="text-align:justify"><li><div><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;text-indent:-18pt">Thoughts and stereotypes that we have in Egypt about Sweden, and my first impression of Sweden.</span></div></li> <div> </div> <li><div><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;text-indent:-18pt">After a long flight, we made a quick stop to talk about food differences and the common dishes in both countries.</span></div></li> <div> </div> <li><div><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;text-indent:-18pt">All countries have special occasions whether these occasions are religious, political or originate from old traditions; each occasion has its special dishes and we discussed some of them. </span></div></li> <div> </div> <li><div><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;text-indent:-18pt">Going from one place to another requires transportation and just like a lot of things between Egypt and Sweden, there are differences in modes of transport.</span></div></li> <div> </div> <li><div><span lang="EN-GB" style="background-color:initial;text-indent:-18pt">Education system has many differences in both countries which was covered in a separate post.</span></div></li> <div> </div> <li><div><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-indent:-18pt;background-color:initial">The weather is crazy; well crazy but beautiful anyway, and that is why there was a post describing how the weather is in both countries.</span></div></li></ul> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"></blockquote> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"></blockquote> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"></blockquote> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"></blockquote> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><div><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent:-18pt"><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span></p></div></div> <div> </div> <div><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:17.5px;background-color:initial;text-indent:-18pt"></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;text-indent:-18pt;background-color:initial"></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;text-indent:-18pt;background-color:initial"></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;text-indent:-18pt;background-color:initial"></span></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">In the first article of this blog, I have mentioned that this journey is quite long; we are travelling between two countries from two different continents.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">During this journey I have discovered that there are too many places around the world but actually the journey is not only about places, it is more about people. People are the ones who add a delicious flavour to each and every place. Literally, I have learned something from everyone I have met here. I have known their culture, how they think and what they find funny, and these are powerful advantages of studying in a multi-cultural environment like Chalmers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">Here our journey comes to the end. I am sure there will be many new things this year that I will experience and will change or add to my thoughts. So until we meet again, I hope you have a brilliant year whether you are studying or working. If you are a new comer to Chalmers, enjoy every single moment at this amazing place, make new friends and learn as much as you can from teachers and colleagues. I hope to meet you one day, and if you are here for a second year, haven't we talked before? Anytime?? Come on let's have a fika and share our experiences. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">Thank you for taking some time off to read my articles and thank you for joining me from the land of Pharaohs to the sustainable Sweden. Now ladies and gentlemen, happy landing! You can unfasten your seat belts :)​</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">Written by: Mahmoud Hanafy</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">Edited by: <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Keerthana-Jayaprakash-.aspx">Keerthana Jayaprakash​</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/east-asia-by-bike.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/east-asia-by-bike.aspxEast Asia by Bike<p><b>There are a lot of hobbies you can do outside school and when you are committed to it, you can do awesome things!​​​​​​</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Having a hobby is highly important as it helps you release stress, enrich your perspectives, and open new opportunities to meet people! You can also explore new skills and ideas. Last but not least, you can build your self esteem and be 100% you!</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Here is an interview with a Chalmers architecture student who is extra passionate about his hobby. He is William Siesjö. His passion towards cycling gives so much colors in his life and it inspires him to do different things. Here it goes!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : Hi William, can you tell us about yourself?</strong></div> <div>A : Hi, I’m curious and very social person who loves food, except for honeydew, that literally makes me puke. My mom recently made me try a salad with it. Pure evil.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : Please tell us about your plan for this summer?</strong></div> <div>A : Me and my dad will cycle from northernmost Japan to southern Vietnam, passing through South Korea, China and Laos. What I think we both look the most forward to, being architects, is Japan. It's also the only country neither one of us has been to before.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : That’s so awesome! How come you came up with this idea?</strong></div> <div>A : Back in 2011 we did a cycle trip from Cologne in Germany to Cadaques in Spain. It was 16 days of European summer from the saddle, full of great food and sleeping outdoors. Really the best spice is hunger and a foolproof way to get hungry is to cycle all day every day. Our pace is going to be a lot more chill this time around.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : How is your preparation going and what is your biggest challenge so far in the preparation?</strong></div> <div>A : Ooh, time management, lame as it sounds, getting all of those thing done before you leave, is there ever enough time. I mean maybe you don't HAVE to have that coffee with that one person but then again, you actually DO. The day before leaving I was finishing of painting the house I live in dad was an angel and helped me til the end. I think both of us are good at solving things ad hoc, take things as they come.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : Which place is the one you’re most excited about and why?</strong></div> <div>A : Tookyyoo, without a doubt. Growing up an anime-fan I practically know Japanese (ok not true but still). A place with all them neon lights, all the otherness, at least for me coming from a Swedish cultural context. It just seems like a crazy almost surreal reality, the busiest place on earth in a country where just making tea can be an elaborate ritual. I want to get under the city’s skin (as much as I can in the short amount of time at my disposal). In short, feeling so psyched. It will also be our first longer stop sans-bikes. Let the ass get its well-deserved rest.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : How do you think this trip will help your study or your self-development?</strong></div> <div>A : Podcasts, I’ve downloaded tons, and I’m listening every now and then when I feel like it. I mean, carpe diem and all that, I enjoy the beautiful landscapes and sceneries we’re cycling through - but it's long hours in the saddle. Stuff you should know, BBC documentaries and several Swedish podcasts (like sommar i P1). Tip for Swedish learners I think it's a great resource, a chance to listen to great and varied storytelling in Swedish, look it up! I recently listened to a podcast on Kant, he thought one has a responsibility towards oneself to develop one's skills and learn more, I kind of like that mindset and approach.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : Is there a personal philosophy or motto behind this trip?</strong></div> <div>A : Oh, my constant struggle. I think I try to learn to be a bit more patient.. I think I try haha, fail. Well, I’m trying to give myself some more headspace, yes that's an app, it's going quite ok, trying to learn how to meditate a bit. Aka chill.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Q : We wish you good luck and we hope you will have a safe and inspiring trip! Any messages for the readers?</strong></div> <div>A : Go get yourself a bike. It’s been proven in statistics that cyclists and pedestrians are happier people than car owners, a good step in the right direction :)</div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Eastasiabike_william.jpg" alt="Pictures of William Siesjö Exploring Japan" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>Awesome, right? The last time I spoke with William, he is in Tokyo already and I am super happy for him to finally reach the place he really wants to visit! If you are curious and wants to know more about his trip, follow his journey in his blog : East Asia by Bike at https://eastasiabybike.wordpress.com/</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari</div> <div>Photos by William Siesjö</div> <div><br /></div>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/From-the-land-of-Pharaohs-to-the-sustainable-Sweden-Crazy-weather.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/From-the-land-of-Pharaohs-to-the-sustainable-Sweden-Crazy-weather.aspxFrom the land of Pharaohs to the sustainable Sweden: Crazy weather<p><b>Whatever the season is, I do keep my umbrella and a hoody inside my backpack, just in case.</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify">​<span>Hello again, hope you enjoy your days and having fun. The previous article was about education differences. Now let's take some rest, lay down and ​think about beautiful memories, friends, or let's focus on what is between our hands at this moment. </span><span>It is perfectly sunny today in G​othenburg. So lets have a small talk about the weather. </span><span>I will tell </span><span>y</span><span>ou more about differences, hopefully this sunny day does not change in an hour.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div><div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">How is weather in Sweden? </span><span lang="EN-GB">I don’t know...</span></h5> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">I will not say absolute answer, because actually there is not!, I will tell you some facts and you yourself can predict how the weather is. </span><span><strong>Wha</strong></span><span><strong>t</strong></span><span><strong>e</strong></span><span><strong>ver the season is, I do keep my umbrella and a hoody inside my backpack, just in case.</strong> </span><span>You and I both k</span><span>now</span><span> what happen whe</span><span>n i</span><span>t rains; c</span><span>louds that o</span><span>bscure</span><span>d su</span><span>nrays and </span><span>the rain itself. H</span><span>ere in Sweden, you can obviously and clearly see the sun and simultaneously feel raindrops over y</span><span>our h</span><span>ead. One day I was speaking with my mother and she asked about the weather, I laughed out loud and told her that I really do not know. Most probably she thought that I am drunk.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">It is normal here to start the day as sunny as it should be, and end up with a rainy day. But believe me that you are gonna enjoy it. There is a kind of curiosity that you don't know what will happen next moment, so you will always have fun trying to cope up with the Swedish weather. Honestly, the summer here is perfect, not hot and not cold. You can feel the happiness all around!</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">Is it always hot in Egypt?</span></h5> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">While I am writing this article, the temperature in Egypt is 35o. The weather in Egypt is regarded a mild one. In summer, the highest temperature may reach 38o in the capital and lower on coastal cities like Alexandria. During this time, fresh juices become available everywhere to refresh people. In winter, the lowest temperature may reach 8o. The weather is somehow predicted; you rarely find big changes in one day. If it is sunny, it most probably will be sunny until late hour. If it is cold, it will be cold the whole day and so on.</span></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">For me, coming from different part of the world, i</span><span>t is really interesting to experience all these differences, seasons of the year are actually inspiring, Autumn is the renewing phase, Winter is the adapting, Spring is the hope, and Summer is the FUN!!</span><span> </span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Written by: Mahmoud Moustafa Hanafy Mahmoud </span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Edited by:</span><span> </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/angsusorn-apirajkamol.aspx">Angsusor</a></span><span style="background-color:initial"><span>n Apirajkamol</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p></p></div>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/From-the-land-of-Pharaohs-to-the-sustainable-Sweden-Dr-Anderson-or-Anderson--Education-Differences.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/From-the-land-of-Pharaohs-to-the-sustainable-Sweden-Dr-Anderson-or-Anderson--Education-Differences.aspxFrom the land of Pharaohs to the sustainable Sweden: Dr Anderson or Anderson- Education Differences<p><b>The previous article in our journey was about the transportation and how it is different to go from a place to another in both countries. We have now arrived safely to this destination where the education system in Egypt and Sweden will be discussed. But hey, school is about to start. Are you excited? If you are going to study at Chalmers you should be as studying here is not only about studying courses but there are many things to learn during your studies. In the following article, some differences will be shown!  ​</b></p>​<b style="background-color:initial"><span lang="EN-GB">Education in Egypt</span></b><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-GB"></span></b></p> <div><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">Titles! Titles are very important in the university in Egypt, students use Dr X while calling professors or writing them e-mails and if you are studying engineering you call the TA, Engineer X. The academic year is generally divided into two semesters, each semester has about five or six courses. Some universities and specific programs follow the credit hours system in which the students choose the number of credits per semester. There are projects and assignments but final exams have the highest weight while evaluating students. The day usually starts at 9 am and ends at 4 pm, which is on papers, but actually, for the majority of time it did not start at 9 am nor finish at 4 pm!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b style="background-color:initial"><span lang="EN-GB">Education in Sweden</span></b><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-GB"></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">If s/he is a professor for more than ten years you can still call them by their first name. I was a bit worried about this at the beginning but I got used to it later. The academic year is divided into two semesters as well but the difference is that one semester is divided into two quarters at Chalmers. I found it a nice idea to focus on two courses and study them in detail instead of taking many courses without going deeply into them. The final exam is important sometimes but doing assignments and projects has the heaviest weight in evaluation. For some courses, you do not have to take exams if you’ve got the pass mark by doing your projects. There is a break after 45 minutes during study sessions to refresh. Education system here in Sweden values working in teams and applying theories practically and teachers accept new ideas and suggestions. One of the most important things is the evaluation of all components of the course including projects, the teachers themselves, etc, which usually plays an important role in enhancing the quality of courses for upcoming students.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB">In both countries, there is a variety of activities for different domains such as automotive, soft skills, robotics, renewable energies and so on. In Sweden, there are also communities for teaching dances, others for people interested in skating.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB">Now it is August, it is easy to know that Egypt is hot during this time of the year. In Sweden the weather is not a thing that you can expect, so next stop will be about the weather differences in both countries!​</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB">Written by :</span><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial">Mahmoud M. Hanafy</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial">Edited by: <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Keerthana-Jayaprakash-.aspx">Keerthana Jayaprakash​</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span lang="EN-GB"></span></p> <b style="background-color:initial"><span lang="EN-GB"></span></b></div>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Summer-is-a-state-of-mind.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Summer-is-a-state-of-mind.aspxSummer is a state of mind<p><b>​The concept of the European summer was new to me. Three months of waking up without an alarm, around 20 hours of sunlight and a vacation in every sense of the word. This was a new to me, as back home we did not have a vacation so elaborate such as this. Here’s the story of my first Swedish summer. ​</b></p>​<span style="text-align:justify;background-color:initial">In the beginning of June, when I wrapped up my exams and welcomed summer with an end of semester party with my fellow classmates, I was both excited and a little worried. I was excited for the vacation and all the free time in the world and worried about what I would do in this free time, as I did not have any set plans.</span><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">My goal for the summer was to travel, gain some experience in conducting a research, find a new house and move, and make some money for my post summer life. To give my summer a purpose, I decided to assist one of my professors with some research for her book and hoped this would keep me occupied. Working on the project helped me improve my research skills and my writing skills as well. Condensing pages of material into one comprehensible paragraph was a sleight I longed for. House hunting was stressful and ​scary. There were times when I wondered if I would have to resort to looking for warm bridges to live under. But luckily, I will be moving soon and glad that it all worked out. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">My wish to travel was fulfilled, thanks to the EcoSmarter project that I was a part of. (See <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Continuous-improvement-is-better-than-delayed-perfection--.aspx">here</a> for more on that). The 30-hour road trip from Sweden to France and my eventful stay at LeMans made me very happy. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">Summer in Sweden is incomplete without some barbeque and a dip in one of the many lakes and sea. The beautiful archipelagos around the city made it possible to hold a barbeque party on a different island every time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Ambassador%20Post%20Images/Kee/summer2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="background-color:initial;margin:0px 50px;width:350px;height:350px" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Ambassador%20Post%20Images/Kee/summer3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:0px 160px;width:350px;height:350px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">The highlight of my summer, however were all the music festivals I could attend around the country, while working at them. I cannot thank the CIRC team enough for this genius find. As one of the lucky extended members of the CIRC team, I got to travel to parts of Sweden which I wouldn’t have otherwise, pitch tents and get free access to the music festivals. We met wonderful people and worked in 15 hour shifts until we couldn’t feel our legs. Though painful, it was a wonderful experience. At times, it felt like we were living a game when there was an infinite queue for our food for 5 hours straight. Celebrating our success with free coffee and churros always made it all worth it. An opportunity to see the very cool artists perform live was an icing on the cake and the extra bucks I made, a cherry on top of that delicious cake.</span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Ambassador%20Post%20Images/Kee/summer1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:0px 385px;width:500px;height:277px" /><br /><br /><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">Overall, it has a been a wonderful summer for me. I must say I cannot wait for school to start and the madness to begin. The long and colourful summer days will be missed. European summer is worth all the hype it gets. I do believe that summer is a state of mind and that the memories from these months will definitely help me get through the long nights ahead. </span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">Written by: <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Keerthana-Jayaprakash-.aspx">Keerthana Jayaprakash​</a></span></p>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200