Author: Julia Lisa Grill
Contect of the university
SE - 70182 Örebro
Responsible person in the receiving institution
Lena Nordström (Coordinator)
Description of the university
At the university are 17, 000 students. It's one of the fast growings universitys in Sweden. They have a lot of courses for the exchange students, included in Master and Bachelor studies. The courses are in English.
The university is not in the center from the city, but you have three buslines which go from the university/campus to the city. In the summer you can also walk it takes 30 to 40 minutes. You have 3 supermarkets within a near radius (walk 10 minutes). You also have a haidresser, restaurants, club, library, fitness center and a solarium at the campus.
Description and reflection of courses
In Sweden you haven't all courses the whole semester like in Austria. You have one course, 5 weeks long. After this course you have the next one for the next 5 weeks. I liked this system, because you can completely concentrate at this one course. In Sweden every education course includes 5 days school practice. You have to visit your school placement 5 days, it's equal if you do it 5 times a week or every week one time.
The Intensive course in Swedish was only for exchange students and there were only space for 15 people. You got a mail from the university which said that you should send a mail back when you are interested in joining the course. This mail should include a transcript of records, because only 15 people which had the most ETCS had the possibility to join the course.
I liked this course a lot, because the teachers was committed and always motivated and in a good mood. She had a lot of material which made it easy to practice Swedish by your own.
In Sweden everyone speaks English and you don't use a lot of Swedish, but for the school practice it's useful to know some Swedish. So you can follow the lessons and it's more interesting when you understand what the pupils and the teacher are talking about.
The general aims of this course are the ability of students to make independent and critical assessments, the ability of students to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously, the prepareedness of students to deal with changes in working life. The students should also interpret information at a scholarly level and communicate their knowledge to others including those who lack speciallist knowledge in the field. Generally focuses the course on teaching and learning as complex phenomena. The course works with questions like "What does it mean to learn?", "How can teaching promote learning?" etc.
The general aims of this course are the same like in Teaching and Learning. But this course diacusses different theoretical perspectives on problems related to special needs education, and the consequences of the differing perspectives on the way in which different problems are interpreted and handled in school and pre - school.
The general aims are the same like in the first and second course. This course discusses the relation between parents and schools from a historical and international perspective and concepts like influence, partcipation and cooperation. The focus is on questions related to cooperation with parents from a professional perspective.
The general aims of this course are the same like in the other ones. This course focuses on interculturalism and diversity from societal and pedagogic perspectives. The classroom is the starting point for critical reflection on intercultural possibilities and challenges.
General reflection about education courses
The courses were completely different to the courses in Austria. We read in every course a lot of books and academic articels. We had a lot of discussions and got execises to reflect articels and books in a critical way. I think the courses were interesting, but they aren't a good preperation for teching. The last course was a little bit boring, because some topics repeated every course and so the discussions repeated as well.
Reflection about school practice
In contrast to Austria was the school practice a little bit boring, because i wasn't allowed to teach, only watching. But there were also things I liked a lot. I think it was nice that we changed our school placement every course, so I saw five different schools with studetns at different ages. Every supervisor was really nice. They were open for questions and told a lot about the school system, teaching methods, experiences, problems etc. I learned a lot and got a lot of ideas which I want to try at my school practice in Austria. The school system and also the interacting between teacher and students is completely different than in Austria. So it was intersting to see how much technique the swedish schools use.
We had a orientation programme which included 2 weeks with parties, activities and a lot of fun. We were in different "Fadder - Groups". Every group included students from different countries and four students from Sweden called "Fadders". The "Fadders" planed great parties for us where we got to know each other. We also had dinners togheter or did other activties. I think it was really easy to find friends during this two weeks. We had a lot of fun and got important informations from our "Fadders", they were open for every question.
But not only the "fun part" was good organised. Also the speechs at the university about organisation, law, recreational activity, courses etc. was pretty helpful.
The housing is really nice. All students live at the campus or near at the university (10 minutes walk). You live in corridors with 8 people at most. Every student has his own bath, so you only chare the kitchen and living room with your flatmates. It is obvious that the house isn't the newest one, but the room is surprising big.
You have to deal with a lot of noises, because the walls are thin and there are a lot of parties, also during the week. But I think it's not a big problem and it's only for a short part of your life. Most of the time the parties stop at 11 oder 12 o'clock when the people go to the clubs.
About the city
The university is not in the central. But you can go by three different buses (2,3,9). The buses need between 10 and 20 minutes, you can also walk I think in spring and summer is this the best possibility, because the bus is pretty expensive and you only need around 15/20 minutes.
I think the city is cute, especially with the slott you have a nice meetingpoint when you have good weather. There are a lot of possibilties for shopping, coffee end food. The citiy is not so big, so for sightseeing you only need one or two days.
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