1) Linnaeus University (Vaxjo University)
Linnaeus University (LNU) is located in Småland, the south side of Sweden. It was made by merging two different universities, Vaxjo and Kalmar. The campus is divided into two parts, and it takes about 1 hour by train to go and from the campuses. Vaxjo is famous for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Kalmar is famous for the Faculty of Natural Sciences. There is also a branch school in Nybro, which takes about 30 minutes from Kalmar by car. It teaches only Arts.
2) Qualification of Linnaeus University
Only four students from CAU are allowed to attend LNU each year. In addition, students who apply to Linnaeus University have to score over 86 on the IBT, over 550 on the PBT, or over 6.0 on the IELTS.
Interview with Choi Seok-joon (majoring in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication) and Oh Joo-he (majoring in the Department of English Education)
What do you want to recommend to students who would go to LNU as an exchange student?
Choi : I would want to recommend them to participate in events hosted by ESN, which is student council. You would be enjoying unique parties, going on road trips to Russia, meeting wild moose, and visiting a glass craft factory.
Oh : There is a program called 'Friend Family.' It is a program to make relationships with native families there. By having dinner with them regularly and participating in many culture programs that the school offers, you can learn about their culture and make a lot of good memories.
What are the benefits for an exchange student going to Switzerland?
Choi : Sweden is not a very famous country, so I did not have much knowledge about the country. However, after staying there for a year, I was able to not only broaden my perspectives on social and political arenas, but also learn things that I could not learn in Korea. Sweden is famous for its social welfare system. They offer second-class people care and opportunity. Also it was hard to find discrimination. I could have time to think about what our country needs by living with Swedish poeple who have spare time and happiness in their lives. I think it would be a good chance for students majoring in Humanities or Social Sciences to go there.
Oh : I think your view on the world grows larger. By living in the country that has different history and culture, I was able to better understand others and take in new environments.
Were there any problems because you did not know Swedish Language?
Choi : Many Northern Europe countries including Sweden speak English really well. Most people can speak English well. Also, the programs for exchanging students are settled well, so we can choose lectures taught in English. There are also classes only for exchanging students. However, outside school, you could have problems if you do not know Swedish. The school may ask exchange students to learn Swedish, so it would not be a big problem if you take the class.
Oh : Most Swedish people have a high English speaking ability, so I did not have difficulty at school.
What were the benefits and flaws of each campus, Vaxjo and Kalmar? If you only went to one campus, why did you choose it?
Choi : I was the first one to study at both campus of Linnaeus University. I would like to recommend students to study at both campuses, because each has different characteristics. Because there are more kinds of department in Växjö than Kalmar, you can meet more exchange students there. Also, it is easier to visit other cities and the accommodation fee is cheaper. However, it is quite far from downtown. On the other hand, many activities hosted by ESN are very active in Kalmar. Additionally, because there are fewer exchange students, there are fewer systems for them.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
Oh : The major I wanted was only in Växjö, and the time when I applied as an exchange student; it was before the schools had merged. Therefore I only had a chance to apply for Växjö. It would be better to go to both campuses, because I think you can experience various things.