“What ifs” you do not need to worry about before coming to Sweden

Before coming here, I spend too much of my time worrying about things that now I realize I didn’t needed to. When you start doing your application, the pressure is enough and you already have too much to worry about. There’s always that simple but disturbing thoughts before applying or coming to a different country, like the fear of not making friends or don’t communicate very well for example.

So, to stop you from worring for nothing, I will tell you a few small things you don’t need to stress about before thinking about coming to a University in Sweden.

  • “What if I make lots of english mistakes?”
This is a question that (almost) everyone that does not have english as first language ask themselves. But don’t worry about making mistakes or forgeting some words! Honestly, this happens to everyone and here, when people know you’re from another country they totally understand some mistakes. And there’s the fact that here in Sweden english is also the second language, so they totally understand small mistakes and forgeting some words.
  • “What if I have a strong cultural shock?”
This is why Sweden is an awesome choice! The culture is rich, full of interesting foods and habits. But at the same time is an open culture that people want to show to the foreigns, giving them a really good experience with their country. The Swedes are always inviting people for fikas and talking about cultural differences, integrating people and respecting the differences. So no need to worry about this!
  • “What if I don’t understand the classes?”
This is something that I asked myself before coming here and….. total waste of time. The Professors here try their best to make everything clear, asking all the time if there are any questions or if someone did not understand, especially if they have international students in class. You can ask questions in class, set an appointment with the professor or counselor and of course, send an email about everything you don’t understand. So, no worries!
  • What if I don’t make any friends?”
This could be a very stupid question, but I did myself and I bet some of you will or already did. The thing you have to remember is: everyone is in the same position as you. If you meet international students you will know that they feel the same thing as you, everything is new, they want to connect and have good friends, so you just have to be open to start some conversations and there you go! And swedish people are very friendly, so you are not going to be alone!

I’m sure there is more “What Ifs” that will go through your mind, it is totally normal. You just have to keep in mind that studying abroad, especially in Sweden (;)) is an awesome adventure and small worries about the future should not stop you from coming. I thought about all of these questions and decided to come anyway. And you know what? That was the best decision of my life!

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

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  • Qasim • 10 Nov 2015 at 9.46 am Reply

    hey i need help……i am suppose to applying for student visa in Sweden and i am bit confuse help me out can we do part time job and suggest me some low fee universities for Social Sciences

    • Marina
      Marina • 11 Nov 2015 at 11.38 am Reply

      Hello Qasim! Don’t worry, the application process is stressful but I’m sure everything will work out in the end! To apply for a student visa you need to be selected for studies here first, so you can only do that after your selection results. When it comes to part time jobs, you can read this post that Redwan wrote: http://blogs.studyinsweden.se/2015/04/29/part-time-jobs-in-sweden/
      And instead of searching for a low fee university for Social Sciences, you can apply for a scholarship that covers your fees, Uppsala has this scholarship for any course you decide to take, what do you think about that? Good luck!

  • Eduardo • 5 Nov 2015 at 2.22 pm Reply

    Oi Marina. Estudei em em Uppsala em 96/97. Sinto uma falta imensa desta cidade, dos sentimentos que tive. Foi muito bom ver teus comentários, e vejo que as tuas questões também tive e me sinto melhor vendo tuas considerações. Bacana, um bom dia pra ti!

    • Marina
      Marina • 11 Nov 2015 at 11.43 am Reply

      Oi Eduardo! Que incrível saber que você também viveu essa cidade incrível! Mais legal ainda saber que você se identificou com o post mesmo depois de tantos anos! Bom dia pra você também!

  • Bruna • 4 Nov 2015 at 3.21 am Reply

    Hello Marina 🙂 I’m reading all of your posts, thank you very much for sharing your point of view! Every single one of these questions have been on my mind these days. I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying the experience. I’m also from Brazil and trying not to freak out during the application process 🙂

    • Marina
      Marina • 11 Nov 2015 at 11.46 am Reply

      Hello Bruna! So nice to see Brazilians here! Don’t freak out, everything will be fine!

  • Clovis Travassos • 3 Nov 2015 at 11.42 pm Reply

    Well done Marina! Congratulations!!!

    • Marina
      Marina • 11 Nov 2015 at 11.46 am Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

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