Fika with us – and learn more about international studies at LiUShow/Hide content

Artwork for the podcast Fika with usThe podcast “Fika with us” is for international students who are considering Sweden and Linköping University (LiU) for their studies abroad as well as for those who are already here.

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Episode 24: To Sweden, from IndiaShow/Hide content

The host Rebecca Fonseca Pilzecker and episode guest Vinayak Menon is looking into the camera and smiling.Ever wondered what it’s like to move to Linköping all the way from Kerala, India? Vinayak has done it and is here as a guest to tell you all about his journey. How did he come across his master’s program? What were his first impressions? What does he miss the most from home? Make sure to bring your adventurous spirit to this cozy fika!

Host: Rebecca Fonseca Pilzecker
Guest: Vinayak Menon
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 23: ESN and ISA student organisationsShow/Hide content

Guests Vinayak Menon and Oskar Johansson standing with host Rebecca Fonseca Pilzecker and looking into the camera.As a new incoming student, you will hear a lot about the International Student Association (ISA) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), but what exactly do these student organisations do?

Oskar (ESN) and Vinayak (ISA), two students at LiU, are the guests of this episode to answer all of your possible questions. This fika is all about living your best life while studying!

Host: Rebecca Fonseca Pilzecker
Guests: Vinayak Menon (ISA), Oskar Johansson (ESN)
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 22: Learning SwedishShow/Hide content

Guest Rebecca Fonesca and the host Maria Kousoula is standing outside Studenthuset at Campus Valla in Linkoping.Do you like learning new languages? Have you ever thought to learn Swedish? In this episode of Fika with us, Rebecca and Maria, student ambassadors studying here at LiU, talk about learning the Swedish language and ways to do so online or in person. We invite you to listen to our podcast and get all the tips and tricks!

Host: Maria Kousoula
Guest: Rebecca Fonesca
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 21: Alumni story - Kaushal SadashivShow/Hide content

Profile picture of Kaushal Sadashiv who is the guest in the episode.Being a student at LiU is (of course) great – but what happens after you have finished your studies? Kaushal, a LiU alumni, shares his story in this episode.

Host: Wen Chen
Guest: Kaushal Sadashiv
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 20: Checklist for new arrivalsShow/Hide content

Picture of the building Studenthuset at Linkoping University.If you are newly admitted to LiU, listen up! In this episode Therese from the International Office, and Rebecca on of our student ambassadors will guide you through what you need to do when you arrive at Linköping University. Everything from roll-call to buying a bike!

Host: Priya Eklund, International Coordinator
Guests: Therese Lindkvist, International Coordinator, Rebecca Fonseca Pilzecker
Editing: Per Wistbo-Nibell

Episode 19: Surviving on a student budget!Show/Hide content

Three girls standing outside with one bike.In a previous episode we looked at the cost of living in Sweden (go check it out if you haven’t!). This time we will go through which tips and tricks Nadia and Maria, two student ambassadors from LiU, use to maintain their student budget while studying. From second-hand shops to getting the best deals, make sure to listen in on this budget-friendly fika!

Host: Rebecca Fonesca Duarte Pilzecker
Guests: Maria Kousoula, Bernadia Dwiyani
Editing: Per Wistbo-Nibell

Episode 18: Cost of Living in SwedenShow/Hide content

Money laying on a table.Sweden is often spoken about as being an expensive country, but just how expensive is it to live here as a student?

Julia and Furkan, two student ambassadors from LiU, talk about their monthly expenses as well as how the cost of living differs from their home countries. Don’t forget to check your budget before joining this fika!

Host: Rebecca Fonesca Duarte Pilzecker
Guests: Julia Berger, Furkan Özkab
Editing: Per Wistbo-Nibell

Bonus Episode: The Master's in Business AdministrationShow/Hide content

Two girls taking a selfie and look happy.Ever wondered what the Master's in Business Administration - Strategy Management in International Organisations (SMIO) is about?

Wen and Hakima, two students of this program that will graduate this year, are here to answer all your questions. Whether you're thinking of applying or have already applied, this fika is for you!

Host: Rebecca Fonesca Duarte Pilzecker
Guests: Wen Chen, Hakima Shiralzide
Editing: Per Wistbo-Nibell

Episode 17: The Student Health CareShow/Hide content

Girl looking at computer.The Student Health Care center offers varied support to LiU students - but what exactly do they do? In which situations can they help you? Marie Petterson works at Student Health and is our guest in this episode of Fika with us. Join us for a conversation about mental health, disabilities and how this LiU support system works.

If you would like to reach out to Student Health, you can do so here:
Welcome to the Student Health Care Center

Host: Rebecca Fonesca Duarte Pilecker
Guest: Marie Pettersson, Counsellor at the Student Health Care, LiU
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 16: Remaining in Sweden - finding a jobShow/Hide content

Woman writing on a piece of paper. Photo credit Pexels.comIf you like Sweden so much that you want to stay after you have finished your studies, why not look for a job here? We talk the Swedish job market, how to find a job in Sweden, LinkedIn and much more.

Visit this page about Career Support if you want to know more what is offered by LiU.

Host: Niraj Kumar Sontha
Guests: Priya Eklund, International Office and Hilarian Demio Buck Silva
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Bonus Episode: Why Sweden? (In German)Show/Hide content

Three girls standing outside and holding up flags.Die Heimat in Österreich und Deutschland verlassen um in Schweden zu studieren? Iris, Katharina und Julia haben genau das gemacht und sind nun internationale Studenten an der Universität in Linköping, Schweden.

Erfahre mehr über ihre Reise hierher, die Vorteile die man hier als Deutschsprachiger/e hat und inwiefern sich die schwedische Bildung von der Bildung in Österreich/ Deutschland unterscheidet. Ob die Drei rückblickend den Schritt, Schweden ihr neues Zuhause zu machen, erneut wagen würden? Das und vieles mehr erfahrt ihr in dieser Episode von „Fika With Us“.

Episode 15: Ensuring your academic writing is your ownShow/Hide content

Many books stacked on top of each other.What is plagiarism and how do you avoid it? Mikael Rosell from the University Library and students Rebecca and Maria give their insights on what you can and cannot do to ensure your academic writing is your own.

Host: Priya Eklund, International Coordinator
Guests: Mikael Rosell, Rebecca Fonseca Duarte Pilzecker and Maria Kousoula
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 14: Dealing with the pandemicShow/Hide content

Three people are standing outside the building with face masks.In this episode of Fika with us, we are joined by Maria, Nadia, and Simona who talk about dealing with the pandemic while studying at LiU. The topics being discussed highlight the policy in Sweden in general from last year until recently.

Also, how does the pandemic impact the daily life as students, to what extent they are facing anxiety, and how to deal with it. Lastly, some final tips are given to combat the difficult situation we are all currently dealing with.

Host: Maria Kousoula
Guests: Nadia Dwiyani and Simona Bisiani
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell 

Episode 13: Be your own cook!Show/Hide content

Two girls hold frying pans in front of their mouths.An obligation, a choice or a hobby - cooking can be all of these! Making your own meals is a great way to save money in Sweden, but where to start?

Rebecca gives us some insight about how it was for her, as well as some tips and tricks on how to cook in a corridor. Don't forget to bring your favourite pastries to this fika!

Episode 12: Corridor life in Corona timesShow/Hide content

Mona Lisa with mouth protection, toilet paper and rubbing alcoholLiving in a corridor with other people during a pandemic might seem a bit scary – but it does not need to be! In this episode you will hear from Akhil and Iris, who both live in corridor rooms, about how it is to live with other people in times like these.

Come enjoy a warm cup of fika while we talk about the good, the bad and what has changed.

Host: Rebecca Fonseca Duarte Pilzecker
Guests: Akhil Rajendran and Iris Potakowskyj
Editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 11: The Rich Student Life at Linköping UniversityShow/Hide content

The richness of student life at Linköping University is well-known and the university has won the “Årets svenska studentstad” (Student City of the Year) award three times. This is a lot thanks to the hard work of the student unions, sections and various associations at the university. Today we get to know more about student life at LiU from Sara Hamrefors, international responsible at the Mechanical Engineering section here at LiU.

Host: Therese Lindkvist, International Coordinator
Guest: Sara Hamrefors, international responsible at the Mechanical Engineering section
Recording and editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 10: Come visit Östergötland!Show/Hide content

Besides a very rich student life, Linköping, Norrköping and the region of Östergötland has so much more to offer. In this episode you can hear about all the interesting activities you can do and places you don´t want to miss when coming to Linköping University as an exchange student!

Host: Therese Lindkvist, International Coordinator
Guests: Maria Hamre, Visit Linköping and Viveca Valgren, the Municipality of Norrköping
Recording and editing: Per Wistbo Nibell

Episode 9: Worldish - from student idea to companyShow/Hide content

Naveen Sasidharan and Abhishek Jacob ChethikattNaveen Sasidharan and Abhishek Jacob Chethikatt - two master students from India with an idea that eventually turned into the company Worldish. In this episode they talk about their journey!

Episode 8: The academic side and how to prepare for Sweden (in Chinese)Show/Hide content

Fika with us - AvsnittsbildFirst year students Xiaou Xue, Lingyu and Kang walk us through the typical Swedish way of studying and how to prepare for the Linköping University study experience.

* What we expected about studying in Sweden and what we’ve gained since the start
* Experiences of the programme so far
* Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and study trips
* Programming, lab work and lab reports in engineering programmes
* Course literature
* Academic writing and spoken English
* Group work in social science programs
* Lab work in engineering programmes
* Working with international students
* Student life in Sweden
* Exams (paper, written exams, group assignments, reports)

This episode’s three students are studying: International and European relations, Communication Systems and Science for sustainable development.

Episode 7: Why we chose Sweden and our experiences so far (in Chinese)Show/Hide content

Fika with us - AvsnittsbildIn 2019, more than 30 students with previous studies in China were admitted to degree programmes at Linköping University. In addition, there are exchange students, doctoral students and researchers from China currently at LiU. Today, Lingyu talks with other Chinese first year students about Sweden and daily life for Chinese students at Linköping University. Participants in today’s episode are first year student Xia0 Xue, and second year student Charlie.

Here are some highlights:
* English in daily life
* Equality and gender equality
* Seasons in Sweden
* Sustainability in every aspect of daily life
* Food and cooking
* Public transportation
* Online payments
* Teaching methods and academic atmosphere
* A piece of advice: Explore your own program
* Master thesis
* Distance mode right now

This episode’s three students are studying: International and European relations, Ethnic and migration studies and Science for sustainable development.

Episode 6: Studying in Sweden - academicsShow/Hide content

Avsnittsbild - Fika with usIn this episode of Fika with us, first year students Lingyu and Simona and Julia talks about the purely academic side.

• A regular week of full-time studies.
• Lectures, seminars and computer labs.
• Self-study and group studies.
• Papers, essays and articles.
• Seminars, group work and oral presentations.
• Problem-based learning.
• Labs and lab reports.
• Written/home exams and practical examinations.
• Developing academic reading.
• Project assignments and reports.
• Attendance.
• Learning from each other.
• Time management and to-do lists.
• Lunch boxes and running for the microwaves.
• Get to know your fellow students!

Our students are studying:

BSc Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine
MSc International and European Relations
MSc Computational Social Science

Episode 5: Swedish culture and life in SwedenShow/Hide content

Avsnittsbild - Fika with us

First year students Julia, Lingyu and Amanda chat and compare different cultures and perspectives.

• Sweden from German and Chinese perspectives.
• Gender equality: good but could be better.
• Taking your shoes off when you enter someone’s home.
• Swedish service for youth.
• Advanced technology.
• Cash, credit cards and payment apps.
• Cardamom buns, chocolate balls and the Swedish semla bun
• Alcoholic beverages: only at Systembolaget
• The queuing system
• Keys and hot dogs in Sweden
• Opening hours.
• Personal identity/social security number.
• Stad i ljus, the song that ends Swedish student parties.
• A piece of advice: Get to know the Swedes!

Learn more:

Gender equality in Sweden
Cinnamon buns recipe
Personal identity number
Stad i ljus, song and English translation

Episode 4: Studying Engineering and Science in SwedenShow/Hide content

Avsnittsbild - Fika with usStudying in Sweden is challenging but fun! Today Simona leads a conversation with first year students Adam and Likith and study counsellor Marie Carlsson about what it is like to study at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Linköping University.

• Why we chose Sweden and Linköping University.
• Hands-on assignments, case studies, seminars and exams.
• A study plan that includes social life.
• Group-oriented seminars and labs.
• Learning Swedish.
• Study advisers, master’s coordinators and Student Health Care.
• Close connection with teachers and professors.
• A piece of advice: make friends early.
• Study workload and part-time jobs.
• How to deal with new subjects.
• Contributing equally in group assignments.
• Deadlines.

Our students are studying:

MSc Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management

Learn more:

Sweden’s focus in group work

Episode 3: Student life in SwedenShow/Hide content

Avsnittsbild - Fika with usObviously, there is more to student life than just studying. First year students Julia, Lingyu and Simone talk about student life. Highlights of today’s show are:

• Swedish student traditions, like overalls for each bachelor’s programme.
• Patches for overalls.
• The welcome period, Nolle-P and welcoming activities by student organisations
• Kalas, a party to welcome new students.
• Swedish language courses and Language Café.
• Close connection between students and professors
• Swedes, introvert but friendly
• Student associations for film, sports, International Students Organisation.

Learn more:

Student Associations at LiU Social life

Episode 2: Accommodation in SwedenShow/Hide content

Avsnittsbild - Fika with usAccommodation is not only a roof above your head but a place to study, live, cook, meet friends… a home. First year students Julia, Lingyu and Simone chat about their different experiences about getting accommodation in Linköping and Norrköping.

• Accommodation offer for international (non-EU) students.
• Corridor rooms, private housing and buying an apartment.
• Areas mentioned in the show: Ryd, Lambohov, Flamman, Norrköping.
• Campus Valla and Campus US (University Hospital) in Linköping.
• Student agencies for housing and how the queuing system works.
• The best piece of advice for interested students: sign up for housing now!
• The advantage of having many second-hand stores and websites.
• Living in Norrköping and studying in Norrköping, or the other way around.
• Cooking days with friends.
• Laundry rooms and the importance of booking your laundry slots.
• Be aware of scams when looking for accommodation.
• Emergency accommodation.

Learn more:

Student Accommodation

Linköping University, Sweden - Accommodation

To find accommodation – here are a few things to consider before you arrive to Linköping University, Sweden.

Episode 1: Introducing Fika with usShow/Hide content

Avsnittsbild - Fika with usThis is the first show of Fika with Us, aimed at students considering a degree in Sweden. Hope you enjoy! First year students Julia, Lingyu and Simone introduce themselves to our listeners and talk about.

• Why they chose Sweden and Linköping University.
• “Fika”, not only a coffee break but a philosophy of live.
• Perspectives on Sweden, Europe
• Happiness and work-life balance.
• How different study areas are combined in my programme and how that will benefit my future career.

Our students are studying:

BSc Experimental and Industrial Biomedicine
MSc International and European Relations
MSc Computational Social Science

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