Question what you learn
The teaching style at SLU promotes critical thinking. As a student you are expected to question beliefs that are often taken for granted and we also expect you to question what you learn.
Debating with classmates and lecturers is accepted and welcomed. Critical thinking is not only for the classroom, students have the right to influence everything related to their education. This could be in terms of the content and structure of their degree programme, or their study environment.
Group work is key
A large part of the learning process takes place outside the classroom, with students mainly pursuing their studies on their own or in groups. Working with classmates from different cultures to solve a task, or writing a paper, is an inevitable part of your studies in Sweden.
This will not only make you a better team player, your problem-solving skills will improve a lot. Group work can be frustrating, but it’s also rewarding. Additionally, it will prepare you for your future career and workplace.
First names only
Swedish society in general is non-hierarchical and we value equality. Students and lecturers are treated as equals and everyone is called by their first name. It might feel strange in the beginning not using any title when speaking to lecturers or professors, but you will get used to it!
Academic writing will be a part of your studies here at SLU. There are rules on how to write academic papers, and it is specifically important to use references and sources of information in a correct way. Are you in need of writing or language support? The SLU University Library will be there for you.
A full-time job
Full-time studies is a full-time job - you’ll be studying 40 hours a week. This implies that you, as a programme student at SLU, don’t have much time left for other activities such as a full-time job. You need to check carefully which lectures and course components are compulsory, and carefully plan the independent study time before you decide to take on a part-time job.
Finding and getting a part-time job in Sweden can be quite difficult. Many students are looking for part-time jobs, which means that the demand exceeds the supply. Most employers also require Swedish language skills. With this in mind, it is not recommended to try to finance your stay in Sweden by working. Make sure you can cover your living expenses using other resources.