News: Next Stop Student Ambassador related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 20 Sep 2018 22:51:12 +0200’d-study-abroad.aspx thought I’d study abroad<p><b>​Study abroad used to look impossible… but now is a reality!</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/IPOET_Karen.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">When I moved to Monterrey, Mexico for my bachelor degree studies, I met so many students that they had already been living abroad or had plans to do it soon. Even the school has a department of exchanging programmes to study for a semester or a whole year in high-ranking universities.</span></div> <div><div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div>My first thought was that this possibility was just for rich people that can afford it or for really smart students, so it never crossed my mind I would be able to do it. After one year of studies, I took the courage to ask what the prerequisites were and surprisingly I fulfilled most of them! It took me one extra year to improve my English skills and then I applied for it. Guess what?? I GOT IT! I was accepted at Chalmers, and I loved every minute of living in Gothenburg. During this time, I took different applied mathematics courses that I couldn’t find at my home university, and they were really amazing! I left Sweden with the desire of learning more about the area, so I started to look for my options to return.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>As a non-EU student, I have to pay a tuition fee for master studies, so now my challenge was not only to be accepted but also to get a <a href="" target="_blank">scholarship</a>. When I applied for it, there were no extra prerequisites apart from a regular application, so I thought that my best chance to highlight was in the motivational letter. Here, I explained how the courses I took in Chalmers and their applications in today’s tech challenges help me to discover my interest for my actual area of study. Also, I talked about some of the projects I would like to work with if I got accepted and about my desire to come back after living in Gothenburg for six months.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>My challenge during my application was the language skill. After taking the iBT exam twice, my score was really closed to the minimum required (seriously, 2 points below). Luckily, studying at Chalmers for six months with English as the language of instruction help me to fulfill this requirement! <span style="background-color:initial">I cannot explain in words about my joy when I received a letter of being awarded the IPOET scholarship. Obviously, I had to call my mom right away :D. This scholarship covers 75% of the tuition fee expenses, which is an amazing help for me.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>One year later, here I am, starting my second year of master studies at Chalmers. Eighteen years old Karen must be proud of how much we have grown and achieved until now. My expectations were changed, as well as my goals in life.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>As the ending of this story, I want to encourage you to dream big and try it! Opportunities won’t come out right at your door if you settle. When you open your horizon, new challenges and dreams will be waiting for you. You might not be able to reach them right away, but when you do… it’s totally worth it!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/KarenBaca.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Author : </span><a href="/en/education/next-stop/Pages/contact-a-student.aspx" target="_blank">Karen Baca</a><br /></div></div>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Organs for a Summer Job<p><b>3D Printing is too mainstream, welcome to the world of 3D Bioprinting</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/BioPrint_pic2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">I’ll start with a bit of background about myself. Although I have a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, I was always fascinated by the Medical Technology industry. After graduating with my first degree, I decided to go on a new adventure and relocate to Sweden to join one of the leading technology schools worldwide. My goal was to acquire new skills and qualities including effectively collaborating with diverse and multicultural teams in addition to building a new network of like-minded individuals. Chalmers was the place to be.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify">During the second semester, I took a course called Tissue Engineering, and this is where I was introduced to possibilities in that field. This is where it all started, a spark that lit a fire of interest and desire to explore more. The excitement of our professor about how 3D Bioprinting is going to be the future of medicine made me take action and apply for the world leader in Bioprinter manufacturing, <a href="" target="_blank">CELLINK</a>, which also happens to be a Chalmers spinoff.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Besides being the first Bioink company in the world, CELLINK is the world leader in providing cost-effective 3D Bioprinters. Working with a technology that has the potential to solve so many problems in the healthcare sector is empowering. Knowing that one day, 3D bioprinting will eradicate organ donor waiting lists by making customizable human organs available on demand, eliminate animal cruelty for scientific research, accelerate drug development and cancer research is what drives my passion for this disruptive technology.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Even though we’re a team of around 80 people today, you can easily sense the young startup environment. CELLINK’s values and culture perfectly align with mine. Teamwork is at the core, and everyone’s opinion is heard and valued. This allows everyone to work towards the same mission. Achieving greatness while taking the world of medicine to the next level. This way, everyone’s achievements felt like they were my own.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/BioPrint_pic3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />My main goal for this internship was to extract the most learning outcomes I could possibly absorb and CELLINK definitely delivered. I was working with prestigious clients on a daily basis; professors and pioneers in the tissue engineering field working for MIT, Cambridge and ETH Zurich amongst many others. I was learning every day by closely observing how my colleagues dealt with pressure and unforeseen roadblocks in conjunction with how they tackle problems efficiently. I was determined to always have positive interactions with customers while instantly building strong trustful relationships.</div> <div style="text-align:justify">As I’m writing this blog, I’m also booking our company booth in the Biointerfaces International conference held in ETH Zürich, Switzerland which I will be attending to represent CELLINK.</div> <div style="text-align:justify">I’m extremely grateful for this fruitful opportunity, and I cannot wait to see what the future has for me. All this would not have been possible without the connections Chalmers helped me acquire.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">See my interview on the <a href="" target="_blank">CELLINK website here</a>.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text and images by Christophe Hoyek</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 industrially during my courses … (Part 2/2)<p><b>​Coming back to continue my industrial experiences with building our beloved Formula Student car (Her name is Clara :)) while doing my Formula Student course.</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">Hej everyone!<img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/20180208_102107.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify">This blog is the second in series about my industrial experience while doing my course in Formula Student at Chalmers. If you have not read the first one, you can <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Working-industrially-during-my-courses-Part1.aspx" target="_blank">read it here.</a> The second part of my industrial exposure comes from working with companies who provide us finished parts as per our designs or who provide us with raw materials for our manufacturing at our end. Although we build most of our car by ourselves, few parts cannot be built or tested at Chalmers because of a shortage of resources, know-how or the money. So, we have industrial partners such as <a href="" target="_blank">Volvo Cars</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Cliff models</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Elitkomposit</a> who help us test, build or finish some of our parts. Volvo Cars helps us with testing of the impact system of our car, which protects the driver in case of frontal impact; and the driver harness brackets which were metal 3D printed at Chalmers this year. Cliff models helps CNC milling of large components such as Aerodynamic wing molds and chassis mold plugs. Elitkomposit provides us with a large autoclave for curing composite parts such as Carbon Fibre Chassis and Rims. Another type of companies is <a href="" target="_blank">Airtech</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">SSAB </a>who provide us with raw materials such as vacuum bags, steel tubes etc. so that we may manufacture these parts at Chalmers. To be able to coordinate with these huge companies and get our work done within our decided timeline is a challenge in itself for students and counts for a major part of my industrial experience. It makes us more realistic in planning ahead and build the car keeping in mind the constraints during manufacturing.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">The amount of industrial work and network that we build during these months rewards us with much more than the credits we earn. It helps us make design and manufacturing decisions more clearly. It doesn’t only provide us with access to cutting-edge technology and manufacturing practices; it teaches us to be realistic while actually thinking. This, in my opinion, is the best thing we can ask for while getting an industrial experience. And, well, of course, coming third place at the competition in Red Bull Ring at Austria this year was a cherry on the cake!</div> <div style="text-align:justify">You are most welcome to contact me for further details about our project and how it helped me with my degree at Chalmers.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Working_Industrially_Picture3_Extra.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Written by: Bharat Mehta</div> <div style="text-align:justify">Photos by: Filip Ljungström and Josefine Johansson</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200!-.aspx!-.aspxI lost my best friend on the bus!<p><b>Have you ever lost your belongings in a public transportation? This is what happened to me in Göteborg!</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">Before I tell you my story, let me introduce you to my best friend:  My backpack. I have it since I started college. It was my companion during my exchanging in Chalmers during my bachelor and when I travelled after the semester finished, enduring blistering winds and scorching desert! (exactly, Shrek dialogue :D). </span></div> <div><div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Karen_Lostandfound_02.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">Well, let’s continue with the story. It was a rainy day (yes, very often) in Göteborg and I was carrying with my beautiful backpack, an extra bag and my umbrella on my way to work. It was 8:25 in the morning, so there was a lot of people on the bus. I was travelling from Gräddgatan to Korsvägen on bus 50, and after 3 minutes after leaving the bus, I realised I was not carrying my backpack anymore! </span><span style="background-color:initial">What did I do? I FREAKED OUT!  On my backpack, there was my laptop, my wallet and my Swedish book! My life as a student was falling apart… </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Ok, that is precisely what’s not happening. First advice? Don’t lose your calm! Everything can be replaced! </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What did I do next? </strong></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">I called Västtrafik! 0771-41 43 00. By telling them exactly the number of the bus (or tram) you left your belonging, the time you get off and the route direction (exactly as I have written above), they can track the bus and tell you in which part of the city is. If someone found a belonging inside, it would most likely be given to the driver. After finding the bus I was told that, unfortunately, the last driver’s shift had just finished, which means two things: The backpack was already delivered to the <a href="" target="_blank">lost and found department​</a>, or it was taken by someone else!! ​</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The next thing I did was to call to the mentioned department and they told me to wait and call again at the earliest next weekday to see if my belonging were found. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What’s the end of this story? </strong></div> <div> </div> <div>I recovered my backpack! After hearing the great news, I went for it and paid a 50 SEK fee for the service. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What I wish I knew before the incident:</strong></div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">It is well known that Apple products count with apps such as “Find my iPhone” and “Find my Mac” to track your devices. Windows 10 count with this option too! It allows you to locate your tablet or laptop by GPS tracking. This option is called “Find my Device”, and it must be switch on previously. Look for this option on the Settings of your computer. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Thank you for reading this, and hopefully, you won’t be as clumsy as me &#128522;.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div>Text by Karen Baca</div> <div> </div></div></div> <div> </div>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 industrially during my courses … (Part 1/2)<p><b>​This blog shares my experiences with building a Formula Student car at Chalmers while getting to work with many companies!​​​​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Working_Industrially_Picture3_NEVS_Selfie.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers never ceases to amaze me! Since the beginning of my courses, I have always felt an inherent connection with the industry. It is evident from the guest lectures from industries, or the numerous events conducted by companies all year round at school. This blog is a series of two articles, which covers my industrial experience while working with <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Formula Student (CFS)</a>. Now, CFS is Chalmers’ own Formula Student team who have been designing and developing a new race car every year, which is manufactured mostly by students! It starts from September and lasts for about 12 months till August next year and Chalmers University awards 15 ECTS for it. CFS prepares a team of about 30 Master’s students from all branches and a few Bachelor’s students at Chalmers to design and manufacture a performance all-electric racing car every year to compete at Formula tracks across Europe in the summer. This blog series talks about my industrial experience in two parts.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">The first part can be exemplified by our work at <a href="" target="_blank">NEVS, Trollhättan​</a>. They have been a crucial point of contact for our project for two years and have provided us with the industrial space and resources to build our vehicles’ Chassis and Aerodynamics components at their facilities. Since all these parts are manufactured in carbon-fibre/aramid composites which involve hazardous chemicals, all the students who are involved in such manufacturing first have to go through a health check-up and safety course conducted through Chalmers. Also, we have a short course in manufacturing of composites by our faculty advisor and alumnus to get us acquainted with this. It really helps to think in the right direction when actually manufacturing the parts optimally. It was quite difficult to build the parts at NEVS, owing to the immense complexity and the sheer time taken to build each and every one of them. Also, it involved heavy amount of epoxy (A known allergen) making us wear protective suits while working, thus making it even harder to work. However, this counted as the best industrial experience so far, by actually working and building stuff there as a student, which was incredible. And, at the end of it, the quality of the Monocoque and Aero package we built spoke for itself!</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">Thus ends the first part of this blog, which covers my fun industrial experience with CFS. Stay tuned for another one very soon!</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Working_Industrially_Picture4_Car_Picture.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Written by: Bharat Mehta</div> <div style="text-align:justify">Photos by: Filip Ljungström and Josefine Johansson</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200!.aspx!.aspxSecond-hand Shopping in Gothenburg!<p><b>Have you ever been to a country where second-hand shopping is a big part of the colourful culture?</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">Sweden is definitely a unique country when it comes to sustainability. It is even shown in Swedish people’s way of taking care of their belongings then swap, recycle, and upcycle when needed. This week, your friendly ambassadors - Sangeeth, Karen, and Titis - went to one of the biggest second-hand shops in Gothenburg and we want to share why you should experience it, too.</span></div> <img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/SS_Extra%20pic%202.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;text-align:justify" /><div><div style="text-align:justify">​<br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">We love the large range of products that we can get. </h5> <div style="text-align:justify">From kitchen utensils to winter jackets, from bikes to picture frames, from books to old vinyl, mats, lamps, and even everyone’s favourite: board games! <span style="background-color:initial">We discovered that the products are still in good condition, but sold at a very cheap price! Sangeeth got a barbeque grill for 125 SEK, while Karen bought a jumping rope and a paper hole-puncher for 40 SEK and Titis got a coat for 60 SEK! Very good deal, isn’t it?<br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Second-hand shops in Gothenburg generally get the items from recycling boxes placed all over the city. The employees are mostly volunteers, and the profit is used to help the ones in need. <span style="background-color:initial">One thing that is exciting to most students is to live in an apartment where you can decorate all you want. It is super fun to decorate your room with unique things you find at a second-hand shop. Some students also like to do DIY projects to upcycle the goods they bought. </span><span style="background-color:initial">You never know what gems you might find at a second-hand store. </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Where can you find these stores then? </span></h5> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/SS_Extra%20pic%203.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></h5> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">Almost everywhere in Gothenburg! Some are extremely specialised such as <a href="" target="_blank">Beyond Retro</a> who sell only designer clothing where it normally has higher prices compared to other second-hand stores. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Then there are <a href="" target="_blank">Stadsmissionen Ebbes Hörna</a> outlets around the city as well as <a href="" target="_blank">Myrorna </a>which are much less selective in brands and as a result also offers a lot of cheap products. Since they have tons of items to sell, be sure to check carefully! It is possible to find a just-okay stuff, but you might also stumble upon a brilliant piece of clothing or a wonderful work of art. </span><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">here are also those stores like <a href="" target="_blank">Emmaus Björkå</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Smyrna Second-hand</a> that lie somewhere between the previous two categories. They are quite selective but not too much to drive prices extremely high. </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">Then again, don’t take our word for it. Do a quick <em>Google Maps</em> or <em>Facebook</em> search for Second Hand or <em>&quot;loppis&quot;</em> and you’ll be hit with a bunch of results - both shops and market events. Spend some time going through them and who knows what you might find.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text and Images by Alberta Maria Titis Rum Kuntari and Sangeeth Gandhi</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span></span> </div></div>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Fitness Aficionados Handbook<p><b>​So, you’ve been hitting the gym regularly at your home country and want to continue to do the same at Chalmers’ as well. This extremely short student perspective on fitness might help you out.</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">In case you were looking for some general information on health and the Swedish healthcare system, you might want to check out the blog – <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/A-View-of-Health.aspx" target="_blank">a view of health</a>.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Fitness_pic1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Let’s jump right into it then; to keep physically fit, there is a sports center called <a href="" target="_blank">Fysiken </a>located near  both Chalmers Campuses. Fysiken is one of the largest gyms around and the one situated behind the Chalmers’ Johanneberg campus -  <a href="" target="_blank">Fysiken Gibraltargatan</a> even has an indoor climbing wall. As a student, you also get access to the student price of 290 SEK per month for access to all their gyms and all their facilities. There are other gyms too, such as <a href="" target="_blank">Nordic wellness</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Fitness24seven </a>(The cheaper option at just 169 SEK per month) among others. The place where I stay also has a gym (albeit a very tiny one with only the basic equipment) but the prices are super cheap – only 20kr a month! Other student accommodations have free access to gyms or a similarly cheap entrance fee.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Additionally, the Chalmers student union also houses a swimming pool, pool tables, a sports hall that can be booked for free and even an indoor sauna. For those looking for a more relaxing sort of gathering, there is the “Kyrkan” which is a relaxing study hall used by students located in the student union building as well. For those of you wondering how exactly everything is located in one building, Chalmers boasts the <a href="" target="_blank">largest student union building</a> in Sweden.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">There are also several reasonably priced canteens and restaurants in and around the Chalmers campus. A list of the official eateries run by the <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Konferens och Restauranger</a> group can be found on their page. My student ambassador colleague, Nam wrote an article on food, if you’re interested in that – <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Food-as-a-lifestyle.aspx" target="_blank">here’s the link​</a>!</div> <div style="text-align:justify">​<br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">My favourite to grab a quick coffee is Bulten – located in the M building. After all, food is paramount to keeping fit. Once you’ve grabbed a bite, you can head on over to many of the open spaces during the wonderful summer or the indoor quadrangles during those cold winter months.</div> <div style="text-align:justify">So, you see, there is no reason to be worried about health or fitness while at Chalmers. &#128522;</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text by Sangeeth Gandhi</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Toilets are Inclusive in Sweden<p><b>​I have never heard of how cool Swedish toilets are until I got here! To me, restrooms in Sweden send many messages.​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">*Disclaimer: I am not a toilet expert, so I don’t know if this applies only for toilets in Sweden or anywhere else. But to simplify this blog, I will call them “Swedish toilets”. All points explained in this blog can be found in Chalmers campuses.</span></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Toilet_Extra%20picture_02.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:306px" /><span style="background-color:initial;font-family:inherit">Gender-neutral</span></h5> <div style="text-align:justify">Most toilets in Sweden are gender-neutral. To me, it sends a clear message of equality and openness. You don’t need to decide whether you are a male or a female or any gender. You can simply go to the restroom and do your business. Swedish toilets won’t judge you. Swedish toilets are nice. Be like Swedish toilets.</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">No jet-hand spray</h5> <div style="text-align:justify">Even though jet-hand spray is rarely be found in Europe, I can find a sink inside every toilet stall in Sweden! It gives me access to clean water even though you are inside the toilet stall – and based on my experience, I have never found such fantastic standards in another country.</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Peaceful space</h5> <div style="text-align:justify">Toilets generally only have sinks outside the toilet stalls. Sweden has more! Having a toilet stall with full-on walls (not just a partition), a mirror, and a sink in every stall helps me relax a bit when I need some space alone. In addition to that, Swedish tap water is so amazing that I can drink it inside the toilet stall as well. I can also fix my hair or prepare myself inside the toilet stall without disturbing others or drawing people’s attention. I find it very helpful especially when I am nervous about something – mostly presentations.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Toilet_Extra%20picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:306px" />Hand-sanitizer and paper bags for 'special' waste</h5> <div style="text-align:justify">You know how Sweden really cares about waste-sorting and being clean. These two things are available in each toilet at Chalmers and most public restrooms in Sweden. It is very convenient!</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">There is always something for the one with special need</h5> <div style="text-align:justify">Wherever I go in Sweden and every building at Chalmers, I always find a toilet for wheel-chair users (with some extra cool features like emergency buttons and special-designed seating), and sometimes there is a place for parents and babies to change diapers inside as well.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">I think Swedish toilet standards have succeeded to pay attention to details on how to be inclusive for everyone. What do you think about it? How are the toilets in your countries?</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text by Titis Rum Kuntari</div> <div style="text-align:justify">Image by Titis Rum Kuntari and Karen Baca</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 University Day<p><b>My experience visiting the Swedish defence and security office!</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">If you have seen my previous blog about <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Female-Engineers-Mingle-Evening-with-IKEA.aspx" target="_blank">mingle event with IKEA</a>, now I will share you my experience visiting a company. This time, I went to SAAB office in the event called <a href="" target="_blank">SAAB University Day​</a>. SAAB, which stands for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aeroplane Corporation), is a Swedish company that offers products, services and solutions from military defence to civil security to the global market. </span></div> <img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/SAAB%20University%20Day_picture%2003.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;text-align:justify" /><span style="text-align:justify"></span><div style="text-align:justify">​I knew the event from Facebook that SAAB was inviting in total 300 students from KTH, Chalmers and Linköping University to visit their hangar in Linköping. At first, I was in doubt to apply because I wasn’t sure if my knowledge would be relevant. But I thought it could be an opportunity for me to know further about their products and meet their employees, so I applied for it.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">The company provided us with accommodation to Linköping by sending buses to the invited universities, along with their employees to guide us. They also offered breakfast, lunch, and some fika during the event.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">It was my first time to see Linköping. When we arrived there, we were encouraged to take pictures inside the hangar and upload the pictures with hashtag #joinSAAB. Usually, it is not allowed to take photos as SAAB is quite restrictive in security, but it was a ‘special’ day. It was an enticing day for me as I could meet new people from the other universities and the current SAAB employees. We could ask about their products, their works, also opportunities for the jobs and thesis projects. The employees were also welcome to share their contacts which was good to build a network. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">There were also presentations from the managers about how they saw the challenges for the company so that we could perceive the organisation better. We also had chances to experience their products, such as Gripen (only the replica), the fighter aircraft from SAAB which is also called “The Smart Fighter”. I was quite surprised that there were wider ranges of SAAB product portfolio than I knew before. It ranges from air, land, naval, security and civil aerospace. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">At the end of the fascinating and valuable day, we went back to Chalmers. This visit has given me insight as to how I could be a fit for the company in the future. This kind of opportunity would be helpful for students to figure out the future companies they want to aim.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text and picture by Nurina Heratri</div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 IDEA-ASPIRE League Summer School for Chalmerists<p><b>My amazing summer school in one of the smartest cities!</b></p><div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">s Chalmerists, you have several options to spend your summer, such as internships, summer-jobs, or vacation in Sweden or abroad. However, do you know that Chalmers also offers opportunities for summer schools?</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">IDEA League and ASPIRE League</h5> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/IDEA-ASPIRE%20League%20Summer%20School_picture%2003.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Have you ever heard about <a href="" target="_blank">IDEA League</a>? This is a focused network of leading European universities of science and technology, consisting Chalmers, TU Delft, RWTH Aachen, ETH Zürich, and Politecnico di Milano. They collaborate with each other in some research and knowledge sharing programs, including the summer schools.</div> <div>It was even more interesting because IDEA League has a collaboration with the <a href="" target="_blank">ASPIRE League​</a>. While IDEA League is in Europe, ASPIRE League encompasses the World-Leading Technical Universities in Asia, which are HKUST (Hong Kong), KAIST (Korea), NTU (Singapore), Tokyo Tech (Japan), and Tsinghua (China).</div> <div>I wanted to experience the learning differences at one of the partner universities thus I applied for this summer school which I found on the Chalmers student portal. I chose the collaboration between IDEA- and ASPIRE League which was organized at NTU this year as the topic was about smart cities and I found it was quite related to my background in Architecture. Moreover, Singapore is close to my hometown in Indonesia and I thought it would be a good time to go home for the summer.</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><br /></h5> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/IDEA-ASPIRE%20League%20Summer%20School_picture%2004.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />The Summer School’s Activities </h5> <div>The summer school was only for one week. However, it was an intensive summer school since there were many activities in the schedule.</div> <div>We had some ice-breaking games on the first day and my team won a beautiful prize – a portable speaker! The challenge began on the next days, we had some lectures every morning and study visits in the afternoon. While in the evening, we stayed until night for group discussion to solve our case in certain topics of smart cities, which we had to present on the last day of the summer school.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The lectures from the experts gave me new insight to the interactions between human and artificial intelligence in building smart cities, we also had study visits to interesting places, such as the robotic research centre and the Google Headquarters (which was a dream office!). On the last day, we presented our case in front of the ASPIRE leaders and afterwards we had some fun from the city tour, visiting some landmarks of the country and having a ton of delicious food! </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Despite the tight schedule, I would say that this experience was worth it. I made new friends from different countries with different cultures. As I am studying international project management, this kind of experience helped me train my flexibility in adapting to the new environment and working under pressure with people I just met. Moreover, in this case, it gives me an insight to how the research and technology of smart cities are developed in other countries.​<br /><br />Text by Nurina Heratri</div></div>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 View of Health<p><b>An easy to read and follow guide to health at Chalmers​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">As an international student, it might be difficult to know how the healthcare works and the various types of healthcare in Sweden. Or the insurance for that matter. Then there’s the task of keeping fit – what activities can be done, or the various avenues available for you to explore.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify">(Note that most, if not all the information here will be specific to Chalmers International Students).</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Health_1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />First things first, as an International student, one of the most important pages I visited was the <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers’ Insurance page </a>on the student portal. It does an extremely good job of linking to several pdf’s on the <a href="" target="_blank">kammarkollegiet’s website</a> (The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency) which prevented me from doing all the tracking down and hunting myself. <span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">f you are a fee-paying student, then rest assured that your health insurance is covered by Chalmers under the <a href="" target="_blank">FAS+ policy</a>. What this means is that it covers accidents, illnesses, dental care, home transport, liabilities, and legal fees. This is also applicable in the <a href="" target="_blank">Schengen area</a> 24 hours a day. In Sweden, the FAS+ policy also contains property coverage. </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">This all sounds great, but I was still uncertain to as how the healthcare works. When getting to Sweden, I found out that you will automatically be registered to a Vårdcentral (Medical Centre or clinic). Generally, the Vårdcentral you are going to be registered to will be the one closest to where you live. You could always use the <a href="" target="_blank"> website</a> to find out which centre that is, and its exact address and other helpful information. You can also get contact details to book an appointment, or for general advice. Please note that the centres are only open from 8 am to 5 pm, and after that, you shall have to go to a <a href="" target="_blank">Jourcentral</a> (Emergency clinic) if there is an emergency. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Then again don’t hesitate to contact an ambulance, the police or the fire department at 112 which is Sweden’s emergency number that can be used 24/7. The other number that is useful to know is 1177. It is the medical advice line, and you only pay for the cost of the call. You can get in touch with a nurse who can provide help and advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Health_2.JPG" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Sometimes (as a lot of my friends became over the course of their studies) you might be physically drained and just need someone to talk to or to take care of your mental health. Chalmers provides a service to students at the <a href="" target="_blank">Akademihälsan </a>(Student Health Centre), where you can get general advice about studies or healthcare, or book an appointment with a physiotherapist or even a psychiatrist to talk about difficulties in your student life or even getting accustomed to the city in general. An appointment lasts roughly 50 minutes and is kept confidential. Even if you don’t know what to say – that’s okay. They have trained therapists who are there to help you with that. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alright then! That should cover the most critical aspects of healthcare. But now you’ve just got the flu, and you don’t need to head out to a doctor for that. Or the sun has been hiding for too long and you need your dose of Vitamin D (This is a more common issue than you would think). There are several state-run medical shops in the country called Apoteket which are nicely distributed all around the city, so you should find one close to wherever you are. They sell a variety of pharmaceuticals, most of which are generic or Apoteket brand meaning they are cheaper than brand-name drugs. These can be bought over the counter without a prescription as well. For those of with busy schedules or for some reason hate going to shops, you can purchase the pharmaceuticals online from their website or even</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text and title image by Sangeeth Gandhi</div> <div style="text-align:justify">subsequent images by närhälsan and akademihälsan</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Engineers Mingle Evening with IKEA<p><b>​Chalmers opens opportunity for its students to connect with many companies.</b></p><div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">Have you ever wondered if it would be easy to get in touch with companies while you are at Chalmers?</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div>That was one of my thoughts at the beginning of my journey at Chalmers, but now as I am starting my second year, I am amazed by the fact that there were many events the companies made for us, Chalmerists! Many of them created events, such as ‘mingle evening’ or ‘lunch lectures’, and even a company visit. There are so many options that you can join for free. One of my experiences is participating in a mingle event with IKEA Female Engineers which was held at Chalmers Johanneberg campus.</div> <div> </div> <div>The event aims to find the future female engineers for IKEA Älmhult. I found this event interesting because it encourages more female engineering graduates to join the company. Moreover, my background in Architecture has taken part in my motivation in knowing further design process in IKEA. The event was held on two consecutive days during March 2018 with activities as follows. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Day 1 – Mingle and Case Evenings</h5> <div> </div> <div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Female%20Engineer%20Mingle%20Event%20with%20IKEA_body.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The event was started with a fika, a coffee break with lots of socializing which opens the opportunity to meet new people and build a network. We also met the female engineers, designers, quality managers, and other IKEA employees. They shared their stories working at IKEA which were very inspiring for me as it gave me a clearer image of how the design process works in one of the biggest companies in the world.</div> <div> </div> <div>Then, group challenge time! After we were arranged into several groups of five and given a case to solve, we were introduced to the companies’ values and important aspects to consider in the product design. We had to evaluate one of IKEA’s products. It was an exciting exercise and a fun day. I learned more about IKEA’s way of working and had a chance to meet other Chalmerists from different programs. At the end of the evening we were given some merchandises from IKEA, including toys and a ticket to IKEA museum!</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Day 2 – Interview</h5> <div> </div> <div>On the following day, I had an interview with two IKEA employees before lunch. Although they looked for soon-to-be graduated students, I was feeling grateful that they still invited me for the interview. For me, this is not just about getting the job, but having interviews with companies help me know myself better, what my strengths and weaknesses, understand the company better and especially re-evaluate my motivation and goal, which will help me improve myself. </div> <div> </div> <div>To sum up, I would like to say that there are numerous opportunities at Chalmers to meet and build a network with companies. What you need to do is to look for the opportunities and challenge yourself. I have tried many opportunities and failed, but every opportunity is a new start, and you will never know the result unless you try! ​</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Text by Nurina Heratri</div> <div> </div> <div>Banner image by Nurina Heratri</div> <div> </div> <div>Mingle image by <a href="">Chalmers Studentkår Promotion​​</a></div> <div> </div></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Trip to The Heart of Energy<p><b>​A journey with Chalmers to a must-visit place for every aspiring power engineer.</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">I am Mohsin, and I am a first year Masters student in the division of electrical power engineering at Chalmers. Being a student at Chalmers has a lot of perks such as discounts on coffee, meals and transport, access to the campus library, booking of group rooms and prospects of meeting your future employer during job fairs on campus. But being a student at the division of Electrical Power Engineering has greater perks one of which is a lot of industrial visits. These industrial visits not only give you an insight into what is happening in the world of technology but also a chance to meet people from the area of your interest. I went on one such visit to a small town in the north of Sweden which goes by the name of Ludvika. This name might not ring a bell for people living outside Sweden, neither did it for me. But then I realised why this destination was, in f​act, great for an industrial visit.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/ABB_Pic2.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">Sweden for many years now has been known for innovation, which can be credited first to the universities like Chalmers University of technology which produce quality engineers and technology experts each year, and secondly to the companies showing continues advancement in the field of engineering. One such company which is also one of the pioneers in a lot of things is ASEA Brown Boveri, commonly known as <a href="" target="_blank">ABB​</a>. As you might have guessed by now, ABB has its most of high voltage facilities located at Ludvika, which makes it a must visit place for an aspiring electrical Engineer like me. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Apart from all this engineering stuff, Ludvika itself has a breathtaking view, and we were lucky enough to go there in the summer. The place where we stayed was an old guest house established in 1910 with all the modern day facilities, and it was just by the lake Haggen, which made me fall in love with that place. </span><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial">The day in ABB started with short presentations about ABB and a ‘fika’ afterwards. Then our hosts showed us around the facilities where power equipment like transformers and bushings are manufactured. After lunch, we visited high voltage testing facilities which are one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen in the field of engineering. Almost all of the breakers and components used by ABB in high voltage are tested in this facility. The facility is almost as large as the size of two football fields combined and as high as a four-floor building. As an electrical engineer, I heard a lot about the multi-stage impulse generator (Marx generator), but it was the first time I got to see the Marx generator in real life.</span><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/ABB_350.jpeg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">In ABB we got to meet a lot of people from Chalmers doing some great things in the field of electrical engineering, and it makes you feel proud and at the same time motivates you to contribute for the betterment of society we are living in. So indeed it was a wonderful experience, and I would like to thank Chalmers for providing me with such a great opportunity.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Written by: Syed Mohsin Ul Hassan<span style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Picture Credits: Saman Chashm Fassa </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 as a Lifestyle<p><b>​When you plan to stay somewhere for a long time, food is one of the very first issues that should be thought of.​​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">When<span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);background-color:initial"> you stay in Sweden, coffee will possibly become your everyday drink. You might eat Swedish meatballs, kanelbulle (cinnamon bread rolls) and lingonberries very often, and glögg might become your favourite drink during Christmas. I am personally fond of the semla which is a cream-filled bun with almond paste inside. This is sold only during the winter. A sweet taste of the semla with bitterness of coffee can energise me to continue working after a coffee break. As I am from another continent, I have never had problems with food since living here because there is a diversity of both Swedish and international f</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);background-color:initial">ood. The examples of the prevalent ones are kebab, pizza, and sushi.</span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Food%20as%20a%20lifestyle_pictrue03.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />If you are wondering about the food inside Chalmers, the <a href="" target="_blank">restaurants in Johanneberg campus</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">restaurants in Lindholmen campus</a> are many to choose from. There are vegetarian and even vegan options in most restaurants. The menus provided on each day can be checked by entering the <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers conference &amp; restaurants website</a>. As a student in Johanneberg campus, I usually buy food from <a href="">Express Restaurant</a> located in the Student Union Building which provides different menus among each day. It is only for lunch and the price is also very cheap. The payment system in the university is cashless, and there is also a discount for food if you pay by using the <a href="">Student Union Card</a>.  </span><span style="background-color:initial">If you’re interested in reading about the cashless system in Sweden, you can read my fellow ambassador - Bharat’s article </span><a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Cashless-Sweden.aspx" target="_blank">here</a><span style="background-color:initial">.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Many Chalmerists also bring their own food which is very convenient because there are facilities like microwaves provided in most buildings to be able to reheat your lunches. Besides saving money,it also helps reduce waste from food packaging which is a very sustainable way. Other than these, there are also shops and restaurants near to the university. Therefore, there are several alternatives if you are getting bored and cannot think of what to eat.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>In general, I rely on my own cooking skills. I found that I save a lot more money (20 - 40 SEK on average) by cooking my own food compared to the prices of food in restaurants. There are various food retailers, and the prices among them are not much different. The products for those who are Lactose or Gluten intolerance are always available as well. Moreover, some food retailers offer memberships which provide bonuses and special offers. I usually cook Asian food, and the ingredients are very easy to find because many stores provide imported foods and ingredients, so there are no worries for international students who love to cook!  </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Author: Noppakod Ariyaphonphiroon</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Sweden!<p><b>​Acquaint yourself with the Swedish currency and how to handle your daily transactions in Sweden​​​​​</b></p><div style="text-align:justify">​<span style="background-color:initial">This blog article introduces you to the Swedish currency and some tips about how to efficiently pay in Swedish Krona (SEK) to make your life in Sweden easier. At the time of writing of this article, Swedish Krona has the following exchange rates, 1 $ ~ 8-9 SEK and 1 € ~ 10-11 SEK.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">*Fun fact! The plural form of Krona is Kronor.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Before coming to Sweden, the payment of your <a href="" target="_blank">tuition fees</a> or your student housing rent can most often be paid using wire transfer or credit cards. You can read an article about how to pay your rent (cash-free) through <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/How-should-I-pay-my-first-rent.aspx" target="_blank">this link</a>.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">When you arrive in Sweden after a long flight from your home for the first time, it can feel scary coming without any cash. But worry not, there are banks such as <a href="" target="_blank">Forex bank</a> which have branches across Gothenburg city and one in the airport, from where you can get your money converted to Swedish Krona. Some of the students who came to Sweden in the previous years suggested not carrying Kronor because they had discontinued old notes during 2016-2017 period and I was uncertain if I would get all the new ones back home. I carried the next best thing, Euros. I got them changed to SEK from Forex Bank, like a lot of my friends, at a charge of 50 SEK, unless you have an account with them (in which case, it is for free).</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Bharat_Currency_Pic1.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Now, I had the cash, and I got my next surprise. The rumour about Sweden being cashless is as factual as it gets! When I paid by cash at stores, I saw nobody paying by cash, EVER! Next interesting thing happened when, during our first day at Chalmers, I found out that all Chalmers campuses and facilities are completely cashless, with no shop accepting any cash and the only accepted means of payment were either a debit/credit card, the student union card or other electronic payment options. The student union card reaches each student over post at the beginning of each semester, works as your access card to laboratories, computer rooms and doubles as a prepaid payment card on all stores across Chalmers campuses. The fun part about these cards is that they provide you with a sweet discount at most of the shops and restaurants in the Chalmers campus and even on certain others outside!</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">After so much happening around me, I faced some problems with websites not accepting payments using non-Swedish bank cards (e.g. the public transportation service - <a href="">Västtrafik</a>). So, I decided to open a Swedish bank account with SEB. The good thing with this bank is that they let you open your bank account before getting your personal number, based on your credentials from Chalmers like your admission letter. My fellow student ambassador, Abir, wrote a blog article on the <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Personal-Identification-Number-and-Bank-account.aspx" target="_blank">personal identification numbers and bank accounts here</a> and Sangeeth &amp; Rebecca wrote one on <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/The-Friendly-Chalmerist’s-Guide-to-Transportation-and-Safety.aspx" target="_blank">public transportation here</a>.</div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><div><img src="/en/education/next-stop/PublishingImages/Bharat_Currency_Pic2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Now that I was all set with my SEB account and my student card, I tried figuring out the payment methods acceptable in Sweden. They have an app called “</span><a href="" target="_blank">Swish​</a><span style="background-color:initial">” which works like a direct payment method. It can be linked to your Swedish mobile number, and the bank will help you set it up easily. While paying, all you need is the mobile number which has Swish activated and linked to the bank account and boom! The money gets transferred in seconds directly to the person’s bank account. Now, payments as small as 0,5 SEK can also be done using this app (I have not tried anything smaller though!), which is quite convenient. Swish and cards are so widely used in Sweden, and I got so comfortable with using these, that the ~500 Euros I got back from India were never used completely. After being here for almost a year and not being able to finish the cash I had, I can say that all you need is some money in your account and Sweden is sorted for you. You can rely on Forex Bank for getting some cash in case you feel that it may be important to have some cash. But, in general, it is simply amazing never to have to worry about cash in your pocket anymore!</span><br /></div></div> <div style="text-align:justify"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Text by Bharat Mehta</div>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200