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Återkoppling från stipendiaterna

År 2016 fick tre koreanska studenter stipendium av SWEA Seoul. Ändamålet var att stödja deras utbytestermin i Sverige. Här kan ni läsa om hur Miree Park, Jihyun Lee och Seulkee Kim upplevde Sverige och hur deras studietid såg ut.

Miree Park

What Subject, University and City did you study in?
Social Work in Sweden, 7.5hp, Culture and Media in Sweden, 7.5hp and Swedish for International Students, Beginners’ Course 2, 15hp

For how long did you stay in Sweden?
I arrived in Sweden on 22nd August 2016 and left on 11st January 2017. I stayed for about 5 months. I spent most of the time in Umeå and traveled Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö after the courses finished.

Please tell us briefly about your experiences in Sweden, what did you think about the nature, the food, the citizens and the culture?
The time I spent in Sweden was wonderful. When I arrived, the weather was so nice that I could spend a lot of time outdoor. I went to hiking, had a BBQ party and played brännball. It became colder and colder, but the moment that I watched Aurora in the cold weather would be unforgettable in my life. Though outside is snowy and 15 degree below zero, there is fika in Sweden! I met many Swedish friends, and It was always interesting when we talked about differences between Sweden and Korea. Before I came to Sweden, I vaguely thought that Sweden is a paradise, but any society has problems. The important thing is that it seemed to be natural for Swedish to discuss and negotiate about issues in their everyday life. And I think that is why Swedish are open-minded and tolerant. As I communicate with them, I also could be more confident of speaking my opinions. Every experience is precious for me. I also miss Swedish food. Köttbullar med lingonsylt, kanelbulle, knäckebröd med bregott, smörgåstårta, bilar, kex, hamburger at Max etc. But, Once was enough to try surströmming! 🙂

In what way did SWEA Seoul’s scholarship help you?
SWEA Seoul’s scholarship helped me a lot. Most of it was spent to buy a flight ticket. And during the first month, it took more money than I expected. I had to buy a secondhand bike to go to school, books for the course and other daily necessities. Thanks to your scholarship, I could live in Sweden without a monetary problem and it makes me feel more comfortable. Thank you so much!

 

 

Jihyun Lee

What Subject, University and City did you study in?
Jag studerar för tillfället Spel design och Projektledning vid Uppsala Universitet – Campus Gotland i Visby. För att vara lite mer specifik, jag lär mig hur man hanterar projekt med att utveckla spel. Vid sidan om läser jag också svenska.

For how long did you stay in Sweden?
Jag kom till Sverige under Augusti 2016 och planerar på att stanna här i 3 år tills jag får min kandidatexamen 2019.

Please tell us briefly about your experiences in Sweden, what did you think about the nature, the food, the citizens and the culture?
Till en början var det svårt at anpassa sig, Sverige är långt bort och har en annan kultur än den jag är van vid. Dessutom så finns det inte så många asiater omkring vilket känns som att alla stirrar på mig vart jag än går. Förutom det så är Visby en helt okej plats att studera och leva vid. Naturen här i Visby är väldigt bra, det finns gott som träd och många gröna områden. Det bästa är att luften är väldigt ren. Jag tycker att Sveriges mat är väldigt god, jag tycker om att de serverar kött varje dag. All svensk mat jag har provat har varit väldigt gott. Det som jag märkte när jag började studera här i Sverige är att de svenska studenterna inte är rädda att yttra sig om deras åsikter under lektionen. När de pratar så försöker de vara så trevliga som möjligt, jag har aldrig hört de skrika på varandra.

In what way did SWEA Seoul’s scholarship help you?
Eftersom att jag inte var svensk eller en medborgare i ett EU land så var jag tvungen att betala studieavgifter. Jag använde stipendiet till att betala en del av studieavgiften.

 

Seulkee Kim

What Subject, University and City did you study in?
I studied ‘Swedish for international students 1, 2’ and ‘Democracy : Swedish way’ at Södertörns Högskola which is located in Huddinge.

For how long did you stay in Sweden?
I stayed in Sweden from the end of August in 2016 to early January in 2017. After having Korean New Year’s day in Korea, I came back to Sweden again for an internship at KOTRA Stockholm which is Korean business center helping trades between South Korea and Sweden.

Please tell us briefly about your experiences in Sweden, what did you think about the nature, the food, the citizens and the culture?
Last year was really eventful for me. A lot of things I had never experienced happened to me. I would like to talk about the accident I had during the exchange program. During my short vacation, I went on a short trip to Spain and broke my ankle. I had to fly back to Sweden with the broken ankle as I had an exam the next day. As soon as I arrived at Arlanda airport, airport staff tried to set my mind at rest and offered assistance such as the first aid, a wheelchair and crutches. They even gave me a teddy bear wearing Arlanda uniform to make me smile! On my way to see a doctor, people I met were so considerate that they were willing to make a way for me. So I could reach an emergency room near my dormitory with help of my friends at last. As a hardworking Korean, I thought I would be able to take the test the next day with my broken ankle so I studied all day long waiting to see a doctor. But the doctor didn’t allow me to go out and said that I might have surgery. I was freaked out thinking about my future that I can’t get any grades from school and just go back to Korea. It was a big loss to me. But I was convinced by the doctor soon. She told me my professor must be willing to give me another chance and nothing is more important than recovering now. I have never thought about receiving a second chance. I just thought if I make any mistakes there is no way to recover. Fortunately, I was given an opportunity to retest by my professor without any difficulty like the doctor said. I have learned what people value in Sweden through this incident looking into how people care for the weak and also the system to cover the failures.

In what way did SWEA Seoul’s scholarship help you?
Preparing for an exchange program, I was worried about the higher prices in Sweden compared to Korea as a student living on a tight budget. Anything completed through a labor of people was more expensive in Sweden than Korea such as eating out and any service they offer. But I was able to pay the rent thanks to the scholarship without asking my parents for more allowance. Living in a student dormitory with friends, I used to cook with them and tried not to eat out often. It was a blessing that I didn’t need to worry about paying my rent and I could spend more time hanging out with people from different countries. We sometimes had an international dinner party to share the food we cooked and talked about cultural differences. It helped me to understand cultural diversity and feel comfortable talking with people in English. I happened to visit tourist attractions in Stockholm with other exchange students and was motivated to know more about Sweden. So I applied for an internship at KOTRA Stockholm to stay longer in Sweden. Now I’m doing my internship for the company and learning more about Sweden that I couldn’t see during my exchange program. I’m sure that SWEA Seoul’s scholarship was the beginning of all the blessings I have received!