Activities for Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden
Students are paired with a buddy—a Swedish student mentor—who helps orient them to the university, city and surrounding area. A new project for which you can apply on site—“friend families”—also pairs Swedish families with international students in a similar manner to the buddy program. A local family is often a great opportunity to experience Swedish language and culture; some families may even have younger kids learning English who are particularly interested in getting to know an English-speaking student. Both options serve as a nice way to integrate into the local community.
Students also are able to participate in other university activities, student organizations, and sports and will have access to the library and computing facilities. International student organizations in both Kalmar (ESN, Erasmus Student Network) and Växjö (VIS, Växjö International Students) frequently organize Swedish themed social events to give students from abroad a taste of the culture. Each semester, there are a number of holidays and festivals to enhance your experience.