Exchange destination: Jönköping University (Jönköping, Sweden)
Duration: Winter 2017
Program: Economics and CMF
High school: located in New Delhi, India
One word to describe your exchange?
What is the worst thing that happened while you were on exchange? How did you deal with it?
I ran out of balance on my credit card while paying for a hostel on a leisure trip to Barcelona. I had to go to a cafe with free Wi-Fi to pay-off the outstanding balance and then wait an hour to get the transaction processed and reflected in my account.
What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew before you went on exchange?
Having two credit cards is a blessing that you will thank yourself for later.
What was the biggest cultural shock you experienced?
People in Sweden have “fika”, which is similar to a coffee break, sometimes as many as seven times a day.
Where was the coolest place you traveled to during your exchange?
Montserrat, which is just an hour outside of Barcelona by train.
Who was the hardest person to leave when you went on exchange? How did you deal with that?
Actually, no one. I, myself am an international student living in Canada for the past three years. Getting out of my comfort zone was a good challenge though.
If you were to recommend exchange to your best friend, what would you say?
Just go. It is something that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Not to mention, it will give you essential skills for life.
How are you including exchange on your resume?
I have listed everything I learnt while on exchange, and the important softwares I listed actually helped me to land a part-time job when I returned.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Exchange can look like it is intimidating at first; however once that vagabond streak in you awakens, you’ll love it for life.
A sample of the classes taken and credits received:
2 production classes = 3rd year Communication Studies credit
Graphic Print/Layout = 4th Communication Studies credit