Exchange term in Valencia -HT19
Why did you choose to go to Valencia?
I wanted to try studying abroad in a country in Europe and preferably in a place with a little more sun and heat! 🙂 That it was Valencia was a bit of a gamble as I did not know much about the city before! But it is Spain's third largest city and it is located on the coast so landed like a perfect mix of city life and beach hangouts!
How long have you been gone?
I was away for a semester - so 5 months in total!
Did you do the same things as the T5 remotely, or what did it look like?
Well, not exactly. I read method and work psychology here just like they do at home. In addition to them, I read 3 optional courses: - Psychoendocrinology, - Psychobiology and - Emotional bonds & emotional and sexual education. In Valencia, you usually read 5 courses instead of 4, as each course corresponds to 6 points. Got the opportunity to read Organizational Psychology next semester with those who went one semester below me.
How would you say the supply around countries is?
At the psychologist, there is definitely room for improvement around the number of countries you can go to, but there are more and more! The opportunity to go to Valencia, for example, was new. The opportunities I had through Erasmus were: - Aarhus in Denmark, - Turku in Finland, - Radboud in the Netherlands, - Madrid & Valencia in Spain and - Trier & Berlin in Germany. What you get to double check is primarily the range of courses and the language of instruction as the range of courses in English varies.
How much does it cost to go on an exchange?
How much it costs of course depends on how much they, for example, choose to travel, how you borsosv! The school stands for ev. term fees and the like so what you need to pay yourself is actually housing + other expenses just like at home. And the great thing about going through Erasmus in particular is that all students receive a scholarship in connection with their trip that covers a fairly large part of one's everyday expenses!
What is the biggest difference between studying in Sweden and in Spain, would you say?
At school I would say: - To have a fixed schedule + significantly more lesson hours every week as we read everything in parallel. - More attendance requirements during the courses here. - All exams are grouped. - Smaller classes! We are usually around 20-50 students / class.
Otherwise: Completely different circadian rhythm! The restaurants do not open before 8 pm and most Spaniards have dinner around 9.30 pm and 10 pm then of course also the siesta!
How do you go about understanding which courses correspond to those in Stockholm?
Usually it is tricky to find all the info that is needed, unfortunately, but this is what I did: - All info about the courses at SU is available on the various departments' website as a pdf document. - Then you have to go to the universities you want to apply to websites and check out their course catalogs to find the course content. - I compiled everything in a document and sent it over to the exchange coordinator at the psychologist and she could also help check if they seemed to agree. - Then you also had to have some contact with the coordinator at the receiving university if you had more questions regarding the courses in addition to the course catalog.
The courses will never match 100% but should be similar enough and cover approximately the same content! But the tip there is to find the courses you think would work and then talk to your coordinator. It may take some time to find the course catalog and then take the time to check it all out - but it's definitely worth it!