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Life as a student at Stockholm Business School


Masters Programme Taught in English

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Hey all,

After one year study at Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University , I want to share my experience with you guys if you start to come to SBS to study in the next semester or in the near future. Here is the link of all of the master programme you can find on the website. All of them are taught in English.

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Study-with-Us/Masters-Programmes/

For the first three semesters, all students are mainly attend classes and in the last semester, all students write their essays. And at the third semester, all of students have the opportunity to study aboard for one semester. Basically, at the first semester, there will have some basic courses for those who has not strong foundation of business. For my programme, Banking and Finance, we had the course Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance, which were taken by both undergraduate and graduate. And we also have almost half of the course are collaborated with Department of Economics, thus we attend a lot of courses with economic students.

There are more useful information for those you will come to study at SBS. About the courses and how will do for the first few days when you come here.

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/General/Enrolment/

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Courses/

Walt

 

 

 

 


What it’s like to study at SBS

Hey everyone!

Last Friday I took my flight home to Dallas, Texas as I am doing an internship here with Ericsson this summer. You can check out Stockholm University’s instagram page (@stockholmuniversity) to see my posts as the student guest editor this week where I will be sharing what is going on in my life starting a new job!

 

Today though I still want to reflect on Stockholm and share some photos that I took before leaving. For those of you who are interested in possibly studying at Stockholm Business School or even just Stockholm University in general will get a chance to see what our main campus looks like!

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A shortcut to the library under the trees.

Choosing to do my studies at SBS was the best decision I ever made and I am very proud to show off my school to other people! Living in a big city like Stockholm is great because it isn’t overwhelmingly big. There is endless possibilities of things to do and places to eat, so you will never get bored.

The student life may not be like in a college town, but don’t be fooled that it doesn’t exist! At the beginning of the year I shared with all of you information about the welcoming programs at SBS — this is the beginning of student life with Föreningen Ekonomerna if you are a business student. In addition to this, you also have multiple associations you can join on Frescati campus such as the humanities, science, or social studies associations. These three associations have houses right on campus and they hold events or parties almost every week during the school year. If you are coming as an exchange student, you are bound to hear about Café Bojan located right outside the metro exit. Every Thursday night during the year you will find a party here which provides the perfect opportunity to meet new people and have some fun with friends! Things are pretty calm there until around 8:30 when the tables are moved to become a dance floor and the crowds start arriving. Getting there at 10pm is always busy, so if you don’t want to wait in line I would recommend going before 9:30. For those of you who want something more laid back, I would recommend the Green Villa and Yellow Villa. They are great for being able to sit with your friends and have a conversation while still being in a fun environment.

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A view of one of the science buildings and the fields where many students like to relax on.

 

As for studying in general, be prepared to spend most of your time in the library instead of class! You will most likely only have class 2-4 times a week and most of your work will involve you being responsible and scheduling your time wisely as it is mostly self-study. Estimate about 20-30 hours a week in reading and assignments. I happen to love this system because it gives me the opportunity to be flexible if I need to be and to create my own hours. Taking one class at a time and having an exam every month is also something I particularly like. It allows you to really focus and dig deep into the class you currently study if you want to, and if you happen to not enjoy the class then you will be happy that it is just a month long instead of a semester long!

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The walk up to Södra Huset and the library. 

Group work is very popular here at SBS/SU and Sweden in general. It helps you to learn to work with other people, even when you may not get along with them. It is great preparation for the work place after studies and provides experience. Most of the time you can choose your own partners to work with, but be prepared that sometimes it will be assigned. Not having a lot of class time is supplemented by group meetings along with your self-study. The amount of time you spend in meetings will vary on the project and the group you work with, but it will usually be about 2-6 hours a week depending. Group work also allows you to build relationships with people in your classes and perhaps make some friendships!

Although brief, I hope this was helpful in giving you a little bit of insight into life at SBS… Feel free to ask any questions you may have about studying here and I would be more than happy to answer!

Until next time,

Alexa


Hello & Looking Back on The Year

I’ve been absent for some time from the blogosphere! So instead I’ll be doing some summer-edition posting while I work out whether to do a runner or to stay the summer! It’s that time of the year where everyone is going back home, their exchanges are up and the hot time of the month is here, so basically that’s code for – say your goodbyes and get on holiday!

Anyway it’s been an interesting first year at university to say the least. Whilst the exchange friends I’ve made for the year all leave for good, it’s sad obviously that they’re actually going but strangely nice too. It’s like the more people you get to know from many different countries, wherever you go in the world you know there’ll always be a friend (aww) and so the world starts to feel a little less big! It almost feels like the game’s over once you know someone from everywhere… although that would be a lot of countries…

What’s been crazy for me however, looking back, is not just all the obvious things like making fab friends, doing fun stuff and eating kanelbullar at any given opportunity but rather the new sense of self that’s developed over the year. I suppose that’s what’s been the most challenging. University anywhere, I presume, would have that effect on anybody who’s just starting out in life and on that, starting out in a country different to where you’ve grown up! I did a post a while back on homesickness where this leaflet describes an up-down cycle of missing home. However I feel now that much better describes the journey into being adult. First semester was undoubtedly the excited phase of getting to know many new humans and going out at any given opportunity, but the second semester I guess is like what it’s like to be married after a while and the niggles start to surface…!

Especially having moved to Lappis, which is basically the most peaceful place I think I will ever live – right in the middle of all that forest – there’s been much time for thinking out here! There is a definite unmistakable air of calm that envelopes Sweden as a whole, I totally believe it’s the effect of the mystical northern lights and much greenery everywhere. That combined with the ever graceful and polite swedes, it feels like a rather charming stay I’ve been having so far and all of this has been a total catalyst in facilitating some self-realising you wouldn’t otherwise get being in total craziness and busy living.

So whilst I sit watching a Stockholm summer unfold, figuring out my summer, I say goodbye to all who are off and think ahead to the coming, new academic year!

Just some people waving goodbye


When The Semester Comes to End

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” —-Miriam Adeney

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(photo by Monika)

I would like to write down this blog as a personal experience instead of living tips as a student in Stockholm, though most of blogs belong to the latter.

This picture is the farewell dinner for some ambees, I have spent most of my amazing time with them during last year. Not only for organizing activities, but also for hanging out, chatting as good friends!

One year always seems so fast that we even do not have time to think about what actually happened during the academic year until when realized that it is the time to say goodbye to our friends.

“What have you gained during the year when you stay in Sweden?” Adriana asked. Everyone started to think about and then it was a long long silence. There were lots of unforgettable moments happened during the year and the valuable things that we even cannot counted, friendship, team work, good memories…And for me, I have learned so much from them and the deeper we know each other the more I know the truth: there is no right or wrong, only difference. And I am pretty sure that most of us would never forget the chill seawater near Albano, the small picnic under cheery tree on campus, the stereotypes of countries, the secret book and of course, ambees’ dinner.

Sometimes, living in the moment only means you just need to feel those moments by hearts. And maybe because I am also such a person who do not get used to express the feeling and especially write them down. However, it does not matter whether you will come to Stockholm next semester or you have already studied here for a while. Open your heart and make good friends, when you look back someday, you will also have a story box, and when someone asks you what have you gained, what in your mind is every single moment that you have experienced and you could not speak them out immediately.

 

 

 


Food Markets in Stockholm

Hey everyone!

Today I want to talk about my favorite thing in the world: food. Summer is great in Stockholm because that means we get two food fairs at the beginning of the season!

This past weekend I went with some friends to go try some different things at the delicious food fair called Smaka på Stockholm. It was hosted in Kungsträdgården where we were surrounded by people buzzing around, food trucks lined up on the sides, and green trees. I was so delighted to see some of my favorite food trucks there, including The Good Gringo and Flippin’ Burgers. Unfortunately the event is over now, but the good news is that it is held every year!! So stay tuned next year and make sure to pass by, maybe even a few times… Yes, it is that good.

To check out the event and food trucks you can find more information here: http://www.smakapastockholm.se/at-drick/food-trucks/

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Food trucks.

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Alex, Jasper, and Nadine sharing a burger from Gnarly Burger. They rated it a 7/10.

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Seating in the middle of Kungsträdgården. It was packed!!

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A chocolate coated rice brick I got for dessert!

Over in Sergels Torg, there is an International Street Market that will be around until June 18th. I ate some delicious food here last year, so I was really excited to see this again! They have foods from all over the world and it is so hard to choose! For the risk takers, check out the Australian stand where they are serving up zebra, wild boar, crocodile, kangaroo, and camel! My favorite? It would have to be the polish stand where they serve pierogi, which are like potato and cheese dumplings that are fried. Definitely worth breaking your healthy diet for! Seating is limited here, but you could always take it over to Kungsträdgården or just take a walk around the city while eating.

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All of the stands in the middle of Sergels Torg.

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The Australian stand – not for timid eaters!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and give the markets a try! I promise you will not be let down, however you will struggle in deciding what to pick to eat!

Until next time,

Alexa

 


Enjoying the sun in Stockholm!

Hello everyone,

With the wonderful weather outside today I had the opportunity to enjoy the sun and start to work on my tan while studying. It seems that all the Swedes start to come out of hibernation as soon as it hits twenty degrees and the sun comes out!

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On the walk towards the beach.

Today I visited some friends who were hanging out at Brunnsvikens strandbad (or beach), which is located as a five minute walk away from both the main Stockholm University campus and the business school campus. It is right down the path of the Brunnsvikens kanotklubb (canoe club), which is right across the water from the business campus. To get here you can take Bus 50 from Universitet towards Hornsberg and get off Universitet Södra, the stop right before Albano (which is the business campus). From the bus stop you will see a road down to the water and the canoe club where you can follow the path down to the beach. Or you can even hang out by the water on the business campus side, where a lot of students go in between classes to hang out.

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Overlooking the water where you can kayak.

It was absolutely stunning outside today and if the weather prevails this week I urge you guys to go outside and take advantage of it! If you are studying for exams, why not just bring your material with you and combine studying and enjoying the beach? Vitamin D is good for you and necessary after enduring the long Swedish winter, so I think going to the beach should be a mandatory assignment!

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Viewing the business campus (SBS) from the canoe club across the water.

If you are already done with exams or are looking for something extra fun to do this weekend, why not go to the canoe club and go kayaking with some friends? It is a super cheap activity to do for either two hours or the whole day! The best part is that you even get a student discount!

Check out: https://www.bkk.se/uthyrning/kayak-rentals/

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Me kayaking last summer at Brunnsviken.

Well I hope you all have a great rest of the week and good luck on your final exams for this year! Don’t forget to take a break and enjoy yourself every now and then! 🙂

-Alexa


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Hejdå VT16.

It’s no news that Spring semester 2016 is coming to an end, but for some reason it’s way too easy to find a window spot in the university library. Where are you, people???

As much as I have been enjoying these past months (have you noticed correlation between temperature and amount of people in the city on weekday nights?), I can’t wait to Autumn as I’ll be moving to Paris, my most favourite city in the world, to do an exchange at SKEMA. For some reason, every time I mention studying in Paris to someone, I hear “Oh, are you going to Sorbonne?”… Has it happened to anyone else?

Anyway, back to my point. You know how you are in a new city and have a long list of places to visit, things to try etc, but somehow end up postponing it till the very end?
I took the liberty and composed a, surprise-surprise, list of things you MUST do before leaving Stockholm. That is, of course, if you have been here on exchange and are going home soon. Otherwise, hope this list inspires you to go and explore the city!

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Ivar Los park @ Södermalm

Here we go (in no particular order):

  1. Queue for an hour for a table at Flippin Burger.
  2. Complain about Systembolaget’s opening hours (every week, preferably).
  3. Eat focaccia at Prego in Kräftriket for lunch >3 days a week.
  4. Make as little eye contact on the bus/train as possible.
  5. Freak out when someone on the bus/train starts speaking to you.
  6. Get used to paying 60-70 kr for a beer (who am I kidding, we’ll never get used to it!).
  7. Realize that McDonalds has an app with cheeky discounts. (no shame)
  8. Have meatballs at Meatballs for the people in Södermalm.
  9. Visit Gröna Lund (Johnny Depp will be there next week!!!!!!!)
  10. Miss last train on a weekday and wait for that night bus (RIP Uberpop). 
  11. Learn the true meaning of “Jaha!” and “Jasså!”and start using it.
  12. Have a picnic on the top of Skinnarviksberget.
  13. Take advantage of “kaffe+bulle” for 15 kr at 7Eleven in Frescati.
  14. Become a master of finding events with free drinks/free food on FB.
  15. Or become friends with that person.
  16. Visit an office of a cool tech company (e.g. Spotify, King, Dice)
  17. Hear “Can I see your leg” for the first time and be totally confused (note: legitimation in Swedish = ID card).
  18. Post a photo of the “Slutstation” sign on FB. Don’t deny you’ve done it. 
  19. Be amazed with the insane 3G connection we have in the city.
  20. Never get a haircut because…expensive.
  21. Have the biggest kanelbulle of your life at Café Saturnus in Östermalm.
  22. Become addicted to Snapchat. Swedes love Snapchat (Source: me, 2016). 
  23. Follow me on Instagram -> @stockholm (#SelflessPromotion).

Jokes aside, I hope you have had the time of your life here in Stockholm and Stockholm Business School. Make sure you stay in touch with your friends because then you can travel the world to visit them and stay for free!

Maria