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Dalia-Alexandra is experiencing innovative and interactive studies

Dalia-Alexandra Cucalia from Romania decided on the University of Borås for her exchange studies in Library and Information Science. She finds that being an exchange student means learning all the time, from everything and everyone around her.

Dalia-Alexandra Cucalia How come you chose to study at the University of Borås?

– I always wanted to come to Sweden and to get the opportunity to study here was great for me. I came to Borås because here you have one of the best universities in Sweden within the field of Library and Information Science.

What is good about the University of Borås?

– The University is very modern and use technology a lot, and the library is very big and useful. The library is a great place to study, read, relax, meet classmates, create group projects and for fun. There you can also find all the materials needed for the courses. The University is located close to the city center, and the surroundings are awesome. The teachers are very kind and I can say it is a pleasure to wake up in the morning to go to the classes.

What do you think about the Swedish way of teaching?

– The teaching methods are very different compared to my country. Here, you have more freedom of expression and you learn through interactive lessons and work on your own. The schedule is not very crowded and the exams are spread out over the study year, avoiding the stress of having all exams at the end of the semester.

How do you find the student life in Borås?

– Being a student in Borås is very exciting. Everybody is trying to make our experience as good as possible. During the introduction week the Student Union  prepared many activities for us, helped us to learn more about Sweden and Borås, and also to get to know each other better. We have visited Borås and its surroundings, played games, watched movies, had dinners and parties together.

Dalia-Alexandra Cucaila
Age: 21
From: University of Bucharest, Romania
Study programme: Erasmus study exchange programme at the School of Library and Information Science

What is your impression of the Swedish people?

– Swedish people seem to be cold and distant. They do not talk much, they try to keep distance and look very serious and non-communicative. But this is only the first impression, of course, because when you get to know them you realize they are very nice, funny and great people to spend your time with.

What do you like best about Sweden?

– I have always loved coffee, so “Fika” is perfect for me. I think the culture Sweden has for coffee is fascinating. And combining it with a break, a moment of relaxation when you forget about your daily problems is incredible, yet so handy. I also love Swedish music, Swedes’ manner of dressing up and the Swedish language of course.

What would you recommend students preparing for studies in Sweden and Borås to think about?

– Bring warm clothes. Also to learn how to cook, because eating in town is very expensive, as is the rest of the things; the prices are so high. Be prepared to take a lesson about ecology and respect for the environment. Eventually, the most important thing is to be prepared for a totally different educational system. The educational system is innovative and interactive and will change the perspective of school and education.

What is the best thing about being an exchange student?

– Being an exchange student is one of the best things I have ever experienced. I learn so many new things, I am changing. It is amazing that I have met people from all over the world and I have made many new friends. I love this multicultural environment. We have so much to learn from other cultures, we teach each other various languages, and also improve our English together. Being an exchange student means learning continuously, from everything and everybody around you.