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Activities for Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden

Students are encouraged to sign up for the buddy program at Linnaeus University. This program pairs each visiting student with a buddy—a Swedish or international student mentor—who helps orient them to the university, city, and surrounding area. This also serves as a nice way to integrate into the local community and culture.

Students may also participate in other university activities, student organizations, and sports teams, and they will have access to the campus’s library and computing facilities. There are over 70 student-run organizations and sports clubs at LNU, which range from climate action to student radio, foreign affairs to cricket, and swimming to orchestra. In particular, international student organizations in both Kalmar and Växjö frequently organize Swedish themed social events to give students from abroad a taste of the local culture. Joining university clubs and societies is a great way to get involved, meet people with similar interests, and become integrated into campus life. Each semester, there are also several holidays, festivals, and events to enhance your experience.

You are also encouraged to participate in the opportunities listed below.

Cultural Immersion Opportunities

  • Register for the LNU Buddy Program to be matched with a student mentor.
  • Participate in the Swedish afternoon tradition of coffee and sweet treats – known locally as “fika.”
  • Join a student organization or sports team to meet local students.
  • Visit a glassworks studio within the region’s world-famous Kingdom of Crystal.
  • Explore coastlines, castles, and museums in your host city.
  • Discover the story of Swedish immigration at the Swedish Emigrant Institute.
  • Attend events and activities hosted by your campus chapter of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
  • Take a stroll or hike along one of the region’s many lakes to explore the country’s breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Visit nearby Älmhult, home to the world’s first IKEA.