The first Gasque – By Rhianna Rees

The Swedish traditional ‘Gasque’ roughly translates as ‘Formal Student Party’ usually involving a three-course themed dinner. You can expect good food, formal attire, speeches and, most importantly, songs. Most Gaques are followed by a ‘Släpp’ an afterparty with a dancefloor with a DJ, occasionally until 0400. Alternatively, there is also a ‘Ball’ which is more […]

WINTER IS HERE!! – By Oluwafisayomi Adesina

Leaves turning orange, falling off their branches in slow rhythmic sways, I imagine they are dancing to Beyoncé’s “I Was Here”. Landing on the gravelled ground with a sense of fulfilment. I spot a squirrel just in my path running off with a nut. My first encounter with one. Oh my, I think I just […]

Top tips for bike owners

I’ll start with a story: In my first week, I went to the house of someone who was selling me a guitar he had advertised on Uppsala Buy & Sell. Happy with my purchase I took the guitar and went on my way, but as I was leaving he asked, ‘do you need a bike […]

Homesickness: A normal part of living abroad – By Jorja Zambars

To all of our newly arrived international students, we would like to say a big “Welcome!” By now you will have landed in a new country, moved into your new accommodation, and met your new classmates. You will have found your way to campus, and done your first grocery shop in a foreign supermarket. You […]

Guided tours to Gripsholm and Linnaeus Hammarby – By Adolfo Canales

A day in Gripsholm Castle. Gripsholm Castle, is located in Mariefred, Sodermanland, not very far away from Uppsala, in front of the castle you can find a lake called Malaren, just about 60 kms west of Stockholm.  Since the King Gustav Vasa, Gripsholm has belonged to the Swedish Royal Family, and it was used as […]

Things that surprise me in Sweden – By George Roussos

Ok, so, here’s the thing; I come from a small, Greek country, where nothing is taken for granted in terms of working. And by nothing, I mean absolutely nothing. This can range from cell phone service, to actual services, like being serviced in a queue. Train schedules exist, also, just for the sense of the […]

Uppsala’s International Students Orientation Week – By Diego Castillo

One week prior to the beginning of classes, the International Committee (IK) and the Student Nations arrange a large number of activities with the goal of welcoming international students to Uppsala. These activities are a great opportunity to get to know the city, culture, meet new friends, and of course, learn more about the Student […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Fika – By Erika Loggin

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Working at the nations – By Arindam

It is that time of the year when the buzz and vibrancy of Uppsala returns with the arrival of new and old students after the long summer break. One place which takes centre stage in any student’s life in Uppsala is a student nation. If Uppsala was Twitter, then the words ‘Student-nation’ would most certainly […]

The First Four Days – By Rhianna Rees

I arrived in Uppsala less than a week ago and I’ve had to get accommodated quickly! Day 1: Landed in Arlanda Airport and tried to buy a train ticket from inside the airport. No luck, the machines only sell tickets to Stockholm. Once outside the airport I found a tourist helpdesk, they directed me to […]

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