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StudentLund

9 Jan

Info in English getting better all the time…

But it’s still super confusing. This is where you go to join a Nation – let’s just say that to keep it simple to begin… 😉

Good luck figuring it out – it’s worth it!! 😀

 

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Arriving in Lund

17 Aug

The get-to-it list

Finally arrived in town? Don’t just sit there, there’s stuff to be done! Here are a few suggestions and reminders, in no particular order!

Don't miss the General Information Market - on today!

1 – Find a place to live: The first concern is finding a place to stay.  Most international students already made arrangement with International Housing.  If not, there is AFB who owns many buildings in Lund for students – don’t forget to join Studentlund if you live in one of their flats/rooms.  There are always some ads around town or on Blocket for renting a place.  Worse to worse, there is a hostel or you can use CouchSurfing! Or check out the Temporary housing for exchange students group…

2 – Get a bike: Being in Lund without a bike is like being in Texas without a car.  The student shop Lundaböcker sells bikes from past international students at fair prices and the best thing is you can resell it once you leave.  Before buying a bike, check if everything is working, most importantly the brakes!

3 – Meet your neighbours: Knock on a different door every day and offer them food – it never fails!

4 – Participate in the arrival weeks: Some folks are working hard to organize activities to make you feel welcome in Lund so participate!  It is a good way to meet people right upon your arrival. There are city tours and excursions to discover the region.  There is also a fair the day after arrival day (the General Information Market) which is usually a crazy but good way to know possibilities where to get involved.

5 – Learn Swedish: Take advantages of CafĂ© Multilingua or language partner programs (like Tandem).  Folkuniversitet, a sort of university open to everyone, also offers Swedish classes although it costs money.

6 – Participate in a mentor group: As an international student, you will likely be assigned to a mentor group.  Those are small groups of new students mixed with older students who have the task of introducing you to Lund.  If you do not hear anything about a mentor group, you can ask to be in one (check here). Or just join any group: mentor groups are not restricted as for number of members and really, everyone can join their activities.  Some mentor groups are more active than others so don’t hesitate to check all the groups’ activities.

7 – Get around town: Do not only hang out around your residence!  Lund has many natural sites, shopping areas, cafes and bike routes all over town for you to discover.

8 – Enjoy the nice weather while its time: Go out, BBQ with your corridor mates, go to Lomma by bike, Ven by boat and walk in Stenhuvud in the Western part of SkĂ„ne.

9 – Join a nation: Nations are the heartbeat of Lund student’s life.  There are 13 nations, all with a rich history.  When you are a member of one nation, you have access to the other nations’ activities.  Choosing your nation can be fun: visit them all in the first weeks and then decide which one you are the most confortable in. It is often possible to volunteer at nations to help them cook or bartend.  Most nations organize new student activities and will also have their own mentor groups.

10 – Know what’s going on and get involved: Many things are organized for students in Lund: comedy clubs, theatre, special events or special meals at nations…  Keep yourself informed: checking the nations’ websites or StudentLund is a good start. You can also check out this article at Sweden.se for ideas and reminders to help you get settled. And don’t forget to keep reading The Dynamo! 😀

Arrival in Lund

13 Aug

The Don’t Forget list

Sweden is pretty, but often wet - pack accordingly! Photo© Jacob Ehnmark.

Planning your arrival? The Dynamo is starting to think about the upcoming semester as well! This is mostly for the new folks, but even if you’ve been here a year already, there is a chance you’ll leave something out of your bags you’ll regret not having with you. Here are a few suggestions and reminders, in no particular order!

1 – Credit/Debit card with PIN/Cash: As it might take some time to open a Swedish account or you might decide to skip it altogether, make sure there is a PIN and chip on your electronic cards. Like everywhere in Europe, there are ATMs/bank machines everywhere in Sweden, and most shoppers use their card rather than cash. If you can bring different cards with different pins (like have one debit, one credit, etc.) as it is pretty arbitrary what will work in what machine! Don’t give up if one doesn’t work, keep trying. You might want to warn your home bank you will travel so they don’t block your cards… Not a bad idea to get 500 SEK in cash ahead of time from an exchange office if you can. If you’re planning on getting some from Kastrup airport, be careful not to get Danish crowns, they won’t do you much good in Sweden!!

2 – Small tools: A small screwdriver, some bike tire patches, a sewing kit, duct tape, poster gum – prepare for a DIY experience with limited resources. Bike locks are a good idea, you’ll need one and they’re expensive in Sweden.

3 – Camping mat/Sleeping bag/Towel: You might want to travel, or you might just be stuck without a place to live when you first arrive… If you are going to sleep at someone else, it’s a nice gesture to be a bit auto-sufficient. You can at least bring a pillow cover you can stuff with clothes to make a pillow. They will sell bed stuffs at Arrival Day, but it’s cheaper if you bring your own from home if you have room! As for the towel, fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will get this, but even non-sci-fi geeks will want to wash soon after arriving. If you like special shampoos/face soap etc., bring them too. You’ll probably find them here, but they’ll likely be more expensive than back home (you see this expensive pattern forming?). 🙂

4 – Letter of Acceptance (and extra copies): This is for the newcomers. It is ridiculous the number of times and places you will have to show this piece of paper. Carry it with you at all times until you get a student card.

5 – Rain/Wind gear: The end of the summer is particularly wet and cold this year, but then again it is often rainy and windy year-round down here in any case. As the Scandinavian saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Consider a backpack rain cover and rain boots/Wellingtons too. And if the upcoming winter is to be like the last, consider a waterproof winter jacket if you have room, or at least a fleece to wear under a rain jacket. And gloves because it gets cold when you bike… But then you might need shorts too – crazy Swedish weather!

6 – Copies of your passport/national ID: Can never be too careful. And don’t put them in the same bag as your originals.

7 – Food and kitchen utensils from home: You won’t be able to bring groceries for the whole semester, but there is maybe something small (herbs/spices, maple syrup, dried mushrooms, etc.) that you’re able to squeeze in. More importantly, there is maybe some kitchen tool you use all the time they might not use so much in Sweden (cheese cloths, Swiss Army knife, spork, rice cooker, etc.). Do a quick web research to have an idea if the things you like and need are easy to find in Sweden. Don’t forget Malmö has more international products than Lund.

8 – Plug adapter: Depending where you come from, you might need an adapter to plug your electronics in the wall. Make sure they can work on 230V!

9 – Dress clothes/costumes: You can go out wearing pretty much what you like in Lund, especially at nations, but there are some occasions where Swedes REALLY dress up (like, penguin suits). If you think you’d like to go to a ball or fancy dinner at some point, bring what you’ll need to wear – clothes are (also) expensive in Sweden. Lund students really like themed and costume parties, so if you have some fun accessories that don’t weigh too much, think of bringing them.

10 – Sports gear: Swedes are active people. If you’re into sports, bring your personal equipment (shoes, racquets, etc.).

11 – Poster/decorations from home: It’s really depressing living with all white walls. It’s good to put a personal touch, plus it’s nicer when you invite friends over. Remember, you are coming to a land of style and design.

12 – Alcohol from home: If you drink, try and save some room in your luggage for the stuff you like to drink. Alcohol is expensive (as are most things) in Sweden, especially hard liquor. It probably won’t last long with the start-of-the-semester parties, but it can save a bit of money and maybe you can make new friends by making them taste a specialty from your home country. Don’t forget to check the allowed import limits if you come from outside the E.U.

13 – Games/Movies/Musical instruments: There will be long dark rainy nights when you won’t have the energy to drag yourself out of the corridor. Not a bad idea to bring things to stay entertained.

14 – Mobile phone charger: Obvious, but you’ll be using your phone quite a lot, and it’s the kind of thing you can easily leave plugged in the wall of your room back home when you’re stressed out before you leave! 😛 Check if your phone will work with a Swedish SIM card.

15 – Do some research: It might give you ideas of other things you need to back, or just help you know what to expect and mentally prepare! Reading up what’s up here at The Dynamo will give you ideas, but maybe stuff like this article from The Local can inspire you too! For some one-on-one advice and to make friends already, join some social networks – on Facebook, check out these groups: International Students Lund University, Erasmus Exchange Lund (Sweden) 2011/2012, ESN Lund, etc. Check if your program or faculty has a group or page, too!

Of course, you can buy pretty much anything you’ll need somehow, but it’s best if you can avoid unnecessary expenses! If you do have to buy stuff, you should start with second-hand shops if you’re on a budget – you can find a list here. Welcome (back) to Lund everyone!

Valborg 2011 Preparations

29 Apr

Last day before Last of April

Lund is alive with spring fever on this Valborg eve. A few notes for a great day ahead!

 The Lund city website has general information about rules (you are not allowed to bring glass bottles or furniture in the park – this includes camping chairs; blankets are best, one-time barbecues are fine too) and the weekend’s events here (Radio AF will be there – note the unfortunately little noticed Facebook event claiming 100 years of Valborg parties in the park!).

For those planning a liquid lunch, note all Systembolaget stores in Lund will be closed tomorrow. (So expect queues today!) Opening hours for different stores can be found here.

In past years mobile communication in the park has proved somewhat difficult. So many people mean signals are not always good, and besides you can’t hear so well!  It’s a good idea for friends to meet up before entering the fray.

For those eager to start partying already, VGs and Hallands join forces tonight to bring you Kvalborg. Details in English – scroll down the  Facebook event description.

Sydsvenskan has a good overview of all the weekend’s happenings here and here (both articles Google translated of course!). Find a fire near you!

The weather is looking nice (but not so warm)! Wishing everyone a happy weekend!

© Anika Lindtner

Valborg 2011

28 Apr

“City park is waiting for the invasion”

Sounds serious, but it’s anything but – the Sydsvenskan article in question (Google translated here) is referring to Siste April happenings in Stadsparken. The Facebook event has over 17,000 guests at the time of writing.

April 30 is a special day in many places (although May 1 is the actual holiday), but particularly in Lund – a “spontaneous” gathering of students partying all day in the park is the standard. There are also bonfires in parks and on beaches.

© Sergio Silva

More details to come in the coming days!


New Dynamo issue!

23 Apr

Read it today!

News, sports, theater, recipe, nutrition, comics, and even a sudoku! Read all this and more today in the newest issue of The Dynamo!

Racism in Lund?

21 Apr

Much-talked about topic in Lund and… Brussels?!

Discussion is not letting up regarding a slave-trade costume at a nation party. It is still all over Lund  and Swedish news (as here in The Local), and apparently a complaint has been put forth before a EU commission (you can read more here Google-translated from Svenska Dagbladet, but double check that Tom Petty reference – this is Swedish rapper Petter we’re talking about!)…

Here is an interesting article in Sydsvenskan (Google translated of course), which links back to a recent debate about Lund traditions and discrimination. You can check a vox-pop of students asked for their opinion out top.

LU admin response to racism allegations

19 Apr

Official statement released

Lund University has published a press release regarding the incident which has led to potential charges of racism at a nation. This is the official translation we have been sent:

Zero tolerance of racism and discrimination
Lund University’s vice-chancellor and pro vice-chancellor have today met Hallands nation’s qurator and inspector in connection with the incident at Hallands nation, where students at a dinner held a mock slave auction.
Lund University’s core values uphold equality and ethnic and social diversity. Discrimination and unfair treatment are not acceptable. Respect, tolerance and consideration shall be shown to all, and there shall be shared responsibility and loyalty to the University’s core values, duties and aims.
“Following the core values should be a matter of course for all employees, students, unions and nations. There must be no doubt that we have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination”, say Lund University Vice-Chancellor Per Eriksson and Pro Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.
Besides the meeting with Hallands nation, the vice-chancellor and pro vice-chancellor will use future meetings with the students’ unions and nations to ensure that Lund University’s core values are also followed in the activities of the unions and nations.
 

Easter Egg Hunt

17 Apr

Get cracking!

Easter is coming up and whether this is part of your culture/religion or not, everyone still loves sweets, so this coming Tuesday (April 19) all international students are invited to an Egg hunt in LundagÄrd!

The eggs don’t come from chickens, they just contain sweets! Get there on time (5pm) for your best shot at your own goodies.

Just like in the good old days!

This sweet event is brought to you by the good people at the Internationella Kollegiet (a joint effort between nations’ international secretaries).

Women’s Day 2011

8 Mar

Happy you day, ladies!

Suffrage parade, New York City, May 6, 1912. American Press Association.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Women’s Day. How is the date marked in Sweden, a country generally recognized for its feminism and gender equality?

DN.se has this general history of Women’s Day and this Q&A with some Swedish female public figures (SvD.se, for their part, speak to EU parlementarian Eva-Britt Svensson). Some are saying that Sweden is no longer a model of fighting for women’s rights and recognition, however – you can read some of those criticisms here from Sverige Radio. (All links Google translated.)

In Lund, a few activities are taking place: there is the documentary Pink Saris at Mejeriet, the Law Students’ Association is having a combined semlordagen and Women’s Day event, SmĂ„lands’ feminist Ronja Cafe is having a special celebration – this last link is timed to follow the large city-wide event at Stortorget, which will begin at 5:30PM (all Facebook events).

Wishing all Women and those who love them a great day!

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