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Undergraduate Programs at SBS in English

Hey everyone,

With the end of my first official year of university coming to a close, I wanted to discuss more in detail the current program I study: Business Administration and Political Science (BAPS).

I am sure that some of you have heard of this program, especially if you have looked into programs at SBS or have even applied (I hope to see you here next year!). My program is a dual-degree program where we spend three semesters studying business and 2-3 semesters studying political science or possibly an elective course. The Global Management (GM) program is another english-taught undergraduate program where you study business administration for two years along with a specific language of your choice for one year.

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Emma and Agnes, two of my BAPS best friends! From our first finsittning last Autumn. 

In BAPS, there was also a compulsory study abroad period during the second year… However this has been changed to the third year to be at the same time as when Global Management students study abroad and it is no longer compulsory. I will be having my exchange semester this autumn and I am so excited to be attending the University of Manchester for a semester! I cannot wait for the experience of studying in a new place (again, haha) and I can not wait to hear the stories from all of my friends when we get back from studying all over the world. Some of my friends are going to the United States, some Australia, some Singapore, some France, and the list goes on! You have so many options for study abroad through SBS’s partner institutions, which you can check out here: http://www.sbs.su.se/en/General/Exchange-studies/Our-exchange-partners/

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My fellow buddies from the buddy program earlier this Spring at another finsittning!

One of the things that I love about my program is that BAPS students and GM students shared all of the first semester classes together, and as of next year the students will share a whole year of classes together with the change of the program outlines! This allowed me to meet so many more english speaking students and make friends who were not studying my exact same program. Another cool thing about the Global Management program is that all of the students will go on to study different languages during the second year. Similarly, BAPS students go on to study a year of political science. This gives you even more opportunities to meet more english speaking students and lots of exchange students as many will be in your courses. It has been great to meet new people every semester while still maintaining your friendships with friends from past courses – it really gives you a big circle and provides you with a large amount of networking connections for when after you graduate!

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Me with Maja in Södermalm, one of my best friends from Global Management!

Something I want to touch on that doesn’t just relate to undergraduate programs here is the huge variety of international backgrounds of the students studying at SBS, excluding exchange students. Studying here has allowed me to meet so many amazing people from all over the world and it is so cool that we all ended up in these programs together with the same idea. But don’t worry, I have plenty of Swedish friends as well as this is a Swedish school after all! If you think you have an interest in studying one of these programs or coming for exchange or even for your Master’s, I STRONGLY urge you to apply and take the leap! You will not regret it!

If you would like to read more about these two programs, you can do that here: http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Study-with-Us/Bachelors-Programmes/

As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Until next time,

Alexa


Study Abroad with Stockholm Business School.

Hej everyone!

Today, I want to touch upon one of the reasons why Stockholm Business School stood out to me when I was deciding on which university to attend – and that’s the international focus they put on their programs, regardless of which major you ultimately decide on.

If you’re a student at Stockholm Business School, you’re most likely going to be presented with the opportunity to study abroad through the exchange agreements the school has with partner universities all around the world (of which there are around 100 partners in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Oceania).

Why is this important or interesting you ask? Well, think about it for a minute here. In the fast-paced economy and society thats going through rapid globalization today, it is critical that we as university graduates, provide an edge while competing with other potential candidates for work later on, and this edge comes in the form of cultural awareness and international experience abroad. Whether you’re interested in traveling to Asia, Peru, or perhaps even study abroad in London – you’ll have the chance to explore these options while studying with Stockholm Business School.

Besides, who doesn’t have a little wanderlust in them? Traveling the world? Yes, please.

For more information regarding exchange studies and semesters abroad, check out this link!

Yours,

Olivia


Academic Writing Service.

Hello everyone!

Let me let you in on a small secret: academic writing is hard. It’s difficult, it’s often confusing, and whatever it may be that you would like to call it, it’s darn frustrating at times (especially if you’ve never written academic texts to begin in the past).

Luckily for you, Stockholm University offers a service free of charge where you can get free tutoring support and help from those who know a thing or two about academic writing.

Whether you are just starting out planning a course report, an essay, a research paper, or perhaps even finishing up your thesis, help is available!

All you have to do is contact anette.campbell@su.se to make an appointment and you’ll be on your way to properly written academic texts from there! Don’t be shy, use this free service to your advantage and get the help you need!

Don’t forget to ask questions!

The visiting address is at Studenthuset, Universitetsvägen 2 B, next to Sudra huset. 

Yours,

Olivia

 


Office 365 for Students.

Hello everyone!

For those of you who aren’t already aware (or those of you who might’ve not paid much attention at any of the information sessions due to meeting all your new friends and classmates) this post will give you insight on how to activate and receive free access to Office 365.

Step 1: Be an enrolled student at Stockholm University. This one is important guys.

Step 2: Follow this link to get the process started and for more information on how this works and why you’re able to get it free of charge.

What you will receive access to after activation is the following: Office 365 which includes email via Outlook / Exchange, cloud based storage (OneDrive) and access to the entire MS Office suite.

Step 3Activate your account by entering your university account information (“Student ID” @ student.su.se).

Step 4: Thank Olivia. Oh, you’re so very welcome.

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New semester, new beginnings.

Hej allihopa!

Here we are in a new year, a new spring semester and as many would like to call it, a new beginning. Many of you have been dedicated students and readers of the blog now, but I know there are quite a few of you who are ‘fresh off the boat’ here in Stockholm, Sweden. Might I just say, Welcome!

Välkommen till Stockholm Business School! 

First things first, have all of you gotten settled in yet?

  • Are your courses registered? Do you know their schedules?
  • Have you received your temporary or permanent personnummer yet from the university?
  • Need to make a trip out to IKEA for some bedding, et cetera?
  • Know where to buy cheap groceries? School supplies?

If not, get ready for a SBS Newbie 101 post coming your way soon!

On a side note: Don’t be put off by the lack of sunlight and soak in whatever ‘light’ that comes our way ever so rarely.

Yours kindly,

Olivia


Stockholm 101

Four weeks ago i started my personal Stockholm experience. So the perfect time for my first blog post! Maybe first I should introduce myself: I am Dominik, 25 years old, from Germany and spending my exchange term at SBS for the Fall15 semster.

During those first four weeks I could gather first insights about the life in Stockholm, the life as a student at Stockholm Business School and the life at Lappis (Lappkärrsberget). I will present these in some general key learnings, survival tricks and following detailed experiences.

But let me just start off with my key learnings:

  1. Nothing is cheap in Stockholm, beside coffee and kanelbullar (the classic coffee time-combo also known as fika)
  2. Studying in Sweden is well-structured, but different what I am used to (what is a good thing, I guess)
  3. There is a lot to explore in Stockholm (seriously, A LOT)

 

Those topics will always be some backbone structure of my future blogging with the aim of presenting an awesome, entertaining mixture of student life, daily struggles, recommendations and helpful insights.

The first is dedicated to the differences in the studies here in Sweden to what I know from my studies in Germany.

Main differences:

Course length:

You only have one course at a time. This means the duration of one course is not longer than 5-6 weeks. This is a rather short time span which on the one hand creates a certain intensity and pressure about the expected learning progress, but on the other hand also allows you to put a straight focus on the course topics instead of struggling with the prioritizing between different courses.

Course structure:

The courses are structured in lectures and seminars. The lecture are mainly about the transportation and explaining of content and knowledge of the lecturer to the class. The seminars in contrast are used for reflection and discussion of the lecture content and past assignments. This straight differentiation between lecture and seminar increases the focus of each sessions but at some point are also prohibiting some possible discussions.

Breaks:

There is no specific point of time in the lecture where a break is supposed to be. This depends on the lecture and the lecturer him/herself, when the break is supposed to happen. This maybe improves the flow of the lecture due to the free choice of break, but also make it unpredictable for you when you are able to buy your next coffee ;)!

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These are my first key learnings about the difference in studying here at SBS.

I hope you enjoyed reading the post and are already excited for the next one 😉

Dom!


Learning Swedish: Part 2

Welcome back readers!

First things first: last week I mentioned the Swedish courses that are available to international students, exchange students, as well as researchers conducted here at Stockholm University. Below is the link for general information regarding the courses with the first three levels that I had mentioned I have since gone through and passed myself:

Part of the reason why I included the links for course levels 1, 2, and 3 is because if you will be starting your studies here at SBS in the fall/autumn semester, you will be able to get through these first three levels (of five, plus an oral-focused course) in your first years of studies like I did.

When I start my second year here at SBS this upcoming Autumn/September, I will be enrolling in the next level that corresponds to my progress which is level 4. It’s important to note that if you are a complete beginner in Swedish as I was when I began my studies, you will most definitely want to start with the very first level. However, if you have learned enough Swedish to the point where you deem yourself at an intermediate level or above, you may test your way up into a higher beginning level.

  • Here is the email for the Department of Swedish and Multilingualism (where you may send your questions regarding any of these courses or for general guidance as to where and how you can begin you Swedish studies): international.nordiska.su.se

The process of learning a new language can be tricky, but it is that much easier when the university you are at has pretty much laid out a plan and process that you can just hop on and work your way through towards mastery. But mastering the language of the Vikings is no simple deal, it can be really frustrating at times! Luckily, Swedes speak amazing English so you have a lot of time to work on your Swedish while still being able to communicate day to day, but don’t let this be your excuse to slow down your learning and get negligent about your Swedish skills. Trust me when I say I should be following this last piece of advice for myself..

Good luck and lycka till towards your Swedish language journey! 

Until next time,

Olivia