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Life as a student at Stockholm Business School


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

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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


Celebrating Thanksgiving in Sweden.

Hello all you lovely readers!

The wonderful time of year has come where we once again celebrate Thanksgiving and taking the time to give thanks to all that we are blessed to have in life- our family, friends, bountiful food, youth and of course, our education.

As an American, I am especially fond of this holiday. Besides, once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is that much closer to arriving, am I right or am I right? Always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, I wanted to share with you all pictures from my own little Thanksgiving dinner here abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. Although our meal may not be as big and abundant as it usually is back at home in the United States, its the meaning and memories made behind all these festivities (and gorging on food) that makes the holiday, wouldn’t you say? 

Take a look!  Our menu this year consisted of: 

  • Roasted basil chicken
  • Roasted vegetarian chicken (Quorn)
  • Garlicky Scalloped Potatoes topped with Swedish Präst cheese
  • Squash and Corn Casserole topped with Parmesan Italian breadcrumbs
  • Roasted Vegetables (Celery root, Fennel, Tomatoes, Potatoes)
  • Orange Plum Sauce
  • Honey-glazed Carrots
  • Pepper Gravy
  • Freshly baked bread (bought)
  • Swedish Pear Cider
  • Plum Pie (not pictured)

Everything on the menu aside from the loaf of bread and cider was homemade!

Happy Thanksgiving, good folks! Count your blessings and give thanks to friends (both new and old) and family – near and far!

Olivia


Stockholm University Student Union

Hey hey everyone!

I wanted to clue all of you in, whether you are new or existing students here at Stockholm University, about the student union here at our school (you might know them also as ‘Stockholms universitets studentkår’ or ‘SUS’ – and yes, they are the people who are always dressed in bright magenta pink).

You have most likely seen the student union and their staff at some event or another here on campus and maybe you’ve even signed up for membership because someone told you about the transportation discounts you receive when you hold one. But who are they really and what the heck do they do?

Well

  • their main purpose is to represent the common interests of students at SU
  • SUS staff consist of Student Rights Officers, an Environmental Health Officer, a PhD Student Ombudsman and a student ombudsmen who can help you with influencing your education here or assisting you when you may feel that you’ve been treated unfairly or wrongly in some event.
  • they organize numerous awesome student associations and clubs with their corresponding events and activities
  • they also employ International Student Coordinators who provide extra support to international and exchange students.
  • they publish a weekly newsletter during the semesters about activities on and off campus and other beneficial information
  • their membership offers you discounts not only on public transportation, but also at countless stores, textbooks, cafés and more! (see site for specific shops and sites)

What are you waiting for? Check them out at their website for more information!

Yours truly,

Olivia


The Lowdown on Personnummers.

Hej allihopa!

Alright, let’s be honest here: most of you new to Stockholm University and Sweden are a little bit confused regarding all this personnummer/personal identity number fuss. Am I right? (I know I was for quite some time there when I first arrived)

Well, here’s a post dedicated to clearing it up once and for all. 

  • When you first arrive at the university, you will most likely not have a permanent personnummer, therefore you will be assigned a temporary one called a T-number (the difference here from the ‘real’ one is that the last four digits are fictive and thus can only be used within Stockholm University’s database, so don’t go trying to use it at a bank or whatnot).
    • Other institutions such as banks might also assign a fictive temporary number for you to use within their databases, but I would personally recommend you wait for your real one before signing up for accounts outside the university to avoid future confusion and hassles).
  • If you’re an international student who will be studying here in Sweden for 12 months or longer, you must apply for a ‘real’ permanent personnummer through the tax agency, Skatteverket.
    • For this you will need: 
      1. A valid passport
      2. A letter of acceptance/Notification of Selection Results from your university application as proof of your admission to a Swedish university
      3. A registration certificate
      4. A temporary address (or permanent if you have one)
      5. Information regarding if and which residence permit you hold

There! As mentioned above, applying for and receiving your personnummer will all be done through Skatteverket and if there is any changes to any of the information provided to them, you must change and inform them immediately! (also to avoid future hassles, which trust me, there will be if you don’t stay on top of updating your info).

Until next time,

Olivia


Buying and Selling Goods for Students

So you’re officially a student. You have budget fit for a pauper (think ramen and spaghetti with ketchup), spend all your money on food and travel related expenses, and a extra flow of income of oh right, none. In other words, you’re strapped for cash.

What’s a good way of making money you ask? Sell your used belongings! Have clothes from last season that you know you aren’t going to wear anymore? Maybe old DVD’s and that half-broken in pair of rainboots? Sell it! You know you don’t have the room or closet space for it anyways, so why keep it piled up in the back of your closet for months on end?

Since I’ve started living in Stockholm, I’ve realized that there is a big buying and selling of used goods scene here (and throughout Sweden really, I’ve concluded it must be the eco-friendly, recycling nature of the Swedes). I’ve also since cleared out much of my unused goods and have gotten cash in return! Ca-ching! On the other hand, I’ve also scored some great deals by buying from the ‘used’ market, even though many of the times what I purchased was next to new in condition.

How and where did I do such things? Facebook and the Swedish version of the American Craigslist (but better in my honest opinion). Log onto Facebook and search for groups near you (say Stockholm in general, or a smaller neighborhood-specific group) – they usually begin with the words ‘Köp, byt, sälj i…’ (meaning Buy, trade, sell in…). You’ll find tons and tons, although many times you will have to first request your membership to be approved by an existing member.

Alternatively, you can log onto www.blocket.se and browse listings of other peoples goods or list and post your own goods for sale (Note: there are small fees ranging from 5-30kr depending on which categories the goods your selling fall into).

Go on! List those unused goods of yours for sale and next time you are looking for that navy Barbour jacket or a new set of mugs, look at these places first to score a better deal – you’re probably going to find it for half off or less!

Get in the thrifty student spirit and have fun! 


Exploring Other Swedish Cities: Part 2

Hej hej!

Last week I touched upon how and why you should consider traveling by bus or coach as a student when wanderlust calls for you to see other Swedish cities and towns. Today, I have a fun little post for you on one of these ‘other’ Swedish cities- the city of Örebro (meaning Penny Bridge in literal terms).

Situated two hours outside of Stockholm with a population of nearly 143,000, Örebro is currently the seventh largest city in Sweden. Known as the Town of Cycling in Sweden, it should be no surprise that there are an abundance of well-planned bicycle lanes and rentals- and here I thought this was the case in Stockholm!

The main attractions that draws in visitors from Sweden and other European countries alike include the beautifully romantic castle in the heart of town, the Wadköping Open Air Museum, as well as the water tower Svampen (also known as ‘the Mushroom’ to English speaking tourists like myself). Having been to all three myself, I would surely recommend them them if you are in town- Örebro castle especially!

So go and do a quick search for pictures of Örebro or pack a duffel and make a day trip over on your next free weekend! With its charming cobble streets in the center of town, scenic evening river walks around the castle, and the quiet calmness that comes with ‘small’ Swedish town vibes, Örebro is definitely well worth a day or two or visit. Be sure not to forget to drop by Örebro university for a glance at another Swedish higher education institution!

Happy ‘venturing!