Malmö: Month 2

Hej!

Apologies for the delay between entries, the delay was caused by a combination of my business and a crash in the blog server! But I’m back on board and ready to update!

So much has happened since my last entry, I have started and completed the first of four modules of my semester in Malmö and began my Border Crossings internship!

The internship program that has been arranged for us by Malmö högskola is really exciting. We will be visiting and participating in several organizations within Malmö Stad (Malmö City Council). I am particularly looking forward to my visit to the Enterprise Office, which will be relevant coming off the back of my six month internship at Austrade for La Trobe University at home. We will also be visiting some immigrant and refugee resource centres, which I am looking forward to as it may provide a different perspective on the issue (in comparison to the toxic debate in Australia).

Comparing the Swedish and Australian academic systems is like comparing apples to oranges, they are so fundamentally different that it is hard to comprehend that they both have the same intended outcome. Coming from Australia where a lecture is literally when a group of students sit in a room and get lectured too, I found it extremely strange that lectures in Sweden were completely interactive and that it was normal, and even encouraged, for students to interrupt the lecturer with their own thoughts or opinion.

Another peculiarity was the lack of contact hours. In Australia, all four of our units for a semester run concurrently over the semester, whereas in Sweden I am studying one 4-5 week module at a time. This is beneficial as it means you are only required to concentrate on one thing at once (always a good thing for me!), but it means that there is minimal contact hours. Some weeks, I have only had 2 or 3 hours of class.

Whilst I do have extra study to do, there is only so much to be done, which means I have plenty of free time! Malmö is an ideal location, it’s close to Copenhagen (which means I can literally fly to anywhere in Europe and the world!) and has great rail links to Sweden, Norway and Denmark! In my spare time I have visited Göteborg, Sweden’s second largest city, Munich, less than an hour’s flight from Copenhagen, and Lund, which is a sleepy little town about 15 minutes down the road from Malmö. I also participated in a Student Kåren (Student Union) organized trip to Russia, which was something I never even dreamed of doing!

Hej då och stanna säkert!

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4 Responses to Malmö: Month 2

  1. Gay Murphy says:

    It is interesting to hear about the differences in the way the university’s organise their subjects. Would love to hear about your thoughts and perceptions re your travels into Russia.

  2. Ian says:

    I assume the university subjects you are taking are being delivered in Swedish. Given your limited grasp of the language at the moment, this must be a big challenge. I’ve seen plenty of overseas students at university in Australia who struggle purely due to the language barrier.

  3. Gay McSweeney says:

    University education is undergoing change in Australia with many different approaches being available for students and from your blog there seems to be variations between universities around the world too. I wonder which system educates students best and what university education will be like 50 years from now. For now- your opportunity to study and learn in Malmo, Tom sounds amazing.

  4. Lena says:

    Great to read where you are at with your international studies. Sounds very interesting. I like the idea of focussing on one topic or area of study at one time, this makes sense and enables you to concentrate and throw yourself into it getting more of an understanding of that topic.
    Look forward to following your blog updates.

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