Exchange students said farewell
The first semester of this academic year is coming to an end and exchange students at Linköping University (LiU) will soon go back to their home countries. In celebration of their presence, the International Office organised the first ever farewell mingle for exchange students.
Approximately 160 exchange students attended the farewell gathering on 9 December at the restaurant and night club Nationernas Hus, in the centre of Linköping. Representatives from the International Office welcomed the students with useful information about what they need to know before leaving Linköping and encouraged them to come back for a master’s programme.
“This is the first time we are organising a student mingle. Until this year we only had a student lunch in order to say farewell to our exchange students. I am very happy with the turnout and it can only get better from now on, in the years to come, ” said Ulrika Åstrand, exchange student coordinator at Linköping University.
Besides the necessary information, students also enjoyed a comedy show – portraying various Swedish stereotypes. As part of the entertainment, they also got some prizes for participating in completing the International Student Barometer. Twenty-five participants were selected and given cinema tickets as a prize.
After the speeches and the show, students were invited to enjoy the traditional smörgåstårta (“sandwich-cake”) and to drink some cider, in celebration of their semester spent at Linköping University.
“I currently study Computer Science and I came here on an Erasmus scholarship. I really liked it here and I would like to come back for a master programme in the future, ” said David Rebollo, Erasmus student from Spain (to the far right in the picture above).
David came to the student mingle with a few friends he has made during his stay at Linköping University. Most of them are from Mexico and Bolivia. They were all very delighted with their experience and acknowledged how great it has been to be part of such a diverse environment.
“I love being here and I enjoyed my studies. The only downside is the cold weather, ” said Andrea Salazar, exchange student from Bolivia, studying Biology.
The party went on into the evening and students from all over the world had the chance to meet and mingle and enjoy the typical Swedish fun.
Text and photo: Alexandra Lia Grindean (student reporter)
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Last updated: 2013-11-29