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A day in Stockholm – By: Sofía

72 km away from Uppsala we have the Capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Stockholm is one of my favorite cities in the world and if you have a free day and you would like to explore it, I’ll give you options for what to do in a day in Stockholm. 

I like to think of Stockholm as 3 different main areas, the touristic, fancy and the cool area. Gamla Stan is the most touristic part of the city with attractions like the Nobel Museum and all the historical buildings where you can take a picture in the iconic houses you will see in most of the gift shops around.  Then there’s Östermalm which is known to be the fanciest part of the city, for all its beautiful architecture, museums, fancy restaurants, stores and bars. My favorite area is Sodermalm, in the south part of central Stockholm we have Södermalm. Söder is the “hipster” side of Stockholm, where you can find lots of cool vintage shops, cafes and beautiful views of the city.

Stortorget, Gamla Stan Stockholm

So, here’s the plan:


Option 1

You can take the pendeltåg which takes ~50 min and costs around 60 sek, here you need to buy two tickets on from the UL app costing 27 and one of the SL app that costs 25 (both prices for students, you get this discount using the Mecenat app)

Option 2

Take one of the trains either SJ or Mälartåg, this costs around 70-100 sek, check the hours on the SJ app or the Mälartåg app.

You leave Uppsala after breakfast; you take the train and you arrive at T-Centralen.

Now you could go for a beautiful walk to one of my favorite buildings, Stadshuset (the city hall) and then cross to Sodermalm by walking and see the water and the beautiful views.  Then you can go to one of my favorite restaurants Bruno’s Korvar or if you want something lighter you can grab some fika!.

Fika a Vete-Katten, Stockholm

In Sodermalm you can explore the thrift shops and go to the beautiful views of the city.

View from Mariaberget, Sodermalm

After this you can take a break and enjoy an Ice Cream at Stikkinikky. Walking around Södermalm and exploring this area is one of my favorite things, so just enjoy the city, especially now that the weather is really nice.

Stinkinikky, Sodermalm

Then you could explore some museums, go to Slussen and take one of the boats that take you to Djurgården where all the museums are located. 

My recommendations of museums are:

  • Nationalmuseum
  • Moderna Museet (Free admission to Moderna Museet every Friday evening)
  • Vasa
  • Nordiska
  • Fotografiska

After that, I bet you will be tired, so it’s time to go back to Uppsala. Hope you enjoyed this day in Stockholm.

On Thesis Writing and Self-Understanding; Dealing with Fears and Anxieties, and Being Bad at Everything. – By: Arshia

As international students coming to a foreign country, it is so easy to get caught up in an unfamiliar culture, in fending for yourself, and in learning and taking in so many new experiences. And when we do get caught up in these things, the “main event” of sorts – the fact that we’re here primarily as students pursuing a degree – gets lost in the mix.

Or at least, that was the case for me, particularly with my thesis!

While the thought of writing a thesis was always present somewhere in my mind, that somewhere was hardly ever the forefront, until the last couple of months where everything really sped up and I had no choice but to invest every inch of my attention span into my thesis.

My master’s thesis at Uppsala University was the first proper piece of academic research and writing that I produced, especially because my bachelor’s did not have a dissertation or any other lengthy piece of writing. While you may think that that would have made me even more cautious and meticulous with my time dedicated to thesis writing, it actually did the opposite. The idea of a thesis became this gargantuan monster towering over me, and I transcended the fight or flight divide, choosing to just turn the other way and procrastinate instead. As they say, ignorance is bliss.

But of course, the job had to be done, and I had to be the one doing it, and so, come March, I began to truly feel the growing, prickly warmth of the slowly approaching fire that was my submission deadline (in mid-May).

The thing is, all of this points to the moral of the story being “do not procrastinate” or “slow and steady wins the race” or some other clichéd ending – the weight of which I am not denying – but, as students, as people, as human beings experiencing life, we know that nothing has as simple a solution, and knowing the right thing does not automatically translate to knowing how to execute it. I knew all through the earlier semesters that I should be starting my thesis work, I knew I should have been studying when I chose to just waste time watching Netflix instead. But I physically just could not bring myself to do anything. Thesis writing then became much more than just “writing a thesis” for me. Not only did I have to do the research, write, edit, omit, fine-tune, and review, I also had to start, truly, from ground-up. From myself, my fears about not being able to produce something worthwhile, my anxieties about not making myself or the people around me proud, my worries about wasting this opportunity to learn that I had been blessed with.

And of course, every other aspect of life does not conveniently “pause” when there’s a big task to be done, and so, having to juggle thesis writing and the anxieties surrounding it with eating well, staying active, maintaining a social life, interpersonal relationships, other academic responsibilities, and everything else made me feel like I was in an ocean, weighed down by the drenched fabric of my clothes that got heavier and heavier as I just tried with growing desperation to stay afloat.

I had this (mistaken) idea in my mind that if not done perfectly, there was no worth in what I did, regarding not only my thesis, but also life in general. If I do not produce the best thesis ever, I have failed. If I do not succeed in managing every aspect of my life with a smile on my face, I have failed. But how stupid is that? Even writing this down now, I can only think, “Gosh, Arshia, it was never supposed to be that serious; yikes.”

Somewhere along the line, in the middle of April, it clicked in that I should not be worried about whether or not I can produce the most worthwhile thesis, or the most worthwhile lifestyle ever, but that I should really question myself instead on if it was worthwhile to pursue impossible levels of perfection if it meant living in a constant state of worry and fear and hopelessness. The answer: no. Immediately, no.

I also have to thank my supervisor for helping drill this thought into my head that it is way more important to write two hundred crappy words than to write fifteen perfect ones, because at the end of the day, you will have two hundred words that you can edit and make better, instead of a nearly empty document that will glare at you and keep you stuck in the same loop.

Once it truly settled into my body that I was allowed to be imperfect, unfiltered, and downright bad, I produced draft after draft after draft. My rigid guidelines for my life also eased up alongside my thesis writing. If I didn’t eat the most nutritious meals for three days straight, who cares? If I didn’t go to the gym in three weeks, how does it matter? If I didn’t see any sign of human life outside of my reflection for a whole week, that is okay! That’s the gorgeous thing about time (and wonderfully, also the thing we fear the most), it moves. Just because my room is messy doesn’t mean it will always be messy. I could spend four days straight, doing nothing but writing in a growing tip of a room, but there will come a day when I draw open the blinds, clear my desk, fold all my clothes, and wash all the dishes as the sunshine and fresh air pour in through my windows.

My thesis and my reflections on who I am, what I value, and how I hope to achieve what I wish to achieve, everything improved with time, and surprisingly, all I had to do, was do. As international students, especially those coming from less-developed countries where the competition is tough, the finances are hard, and the expectations are high, it is really easy to slip and fall through the cracks of our own inhibitions. We want to be successful; we want to make not only ourselves, but also our families and our communities proud; we want to help others around us also come up with us. With these piling expectations, it is often typical to wish to be nothing short of the best, but there is no hope of being the best at something (not that I any longer believe the best is necessary) if we do not get really comfortable with being bad at everything.

I guess I did end this with some sort of moral, but the moral of this story, unlike a lot of others, isn’t telling you to do a certain thing or be a certain way. It is much more basic than that, and has no requirements. Just Do. Just Be. Things will start moving from there, because that’s what they do. We just have to start somewhere.

The time I spent working on my thesis ended up being the most transformative part of my master’s, because I realized I was capable of much more than I originally thought. Something that I find really interesting and paradoxical about this is that the thesis I did end up producing wasn’t the most ideal piece of writing to have ever existed. It didn’t solve all the problems of the universe as I initially, childishly, hoped it would do. So, even though I did not produce something that I had dreamed of, what I did end up producing was more than I thought I was truly capable of. Perhaps that goes to show that some part of us, squandered deep down in our subconscious, knows that every single thing we do cannot be miraculous (there’s a reason that miracles are miracles), but the expectations we encounter, both within ourselves and in our environments, make us wish that it could be so. So even though I did not create magic, I am so proud of what I did end up writing because, retrospectively, I see improvements in every draft. I see improvement from the first assignments I did when I came here two years ago too, to the concluding paragraphs of my thesis. Not only that, but I see how my mindset changed, and I was able to cast aside a lot of fears that weren’t serving me, but were simply keeping me stuck and unable to do anything at all. And that is so much more than one ideal piece of writing. That is comforting knowledge, emotional stability, and a growing openness to constantly learning more.

I guess that circles me back to what I said in the beginning of this post; something we often forget when we move to a foreign country; we are, primarily, students. We are here to learn, to get better, and as long as we remember that it is okay to not enter the field as professionals with 27 years of experience and a million citations, but as exactly who we are, we’re going to be okay.

When you only have less than 1 year as a Uppsala Student – By: Yasmin

Hi again guys, it’s me Yasmin writing for my last blog as Uppsala Student Ambassador (yes, unfortunately). I wrote this blog on Sunday, May 26th, 2024 which is also correspondence with 1 more week before my final thesis submission and graduate at the end of May which mark the end of my journey as a Uppsala Student. I am stressed with the thesis, yet I took a little bit of break writing this to reflect on my overall journey here as non EU/EEU international student in Uppsala University.

My purpose with this blog is to give you insights on some of my regrets on what and how I could have done better or planned better when you have less than 1 year left as a Uppsala student. This blog is intended for fellow or future students about things you may need to be aware of beforehand and make the best of your time with such limited time, especially as an international student.

Time surely goes by fast especially since I studied Master of Entrepreneurship which is only a 1-year program instead of 2 years here in Uppsala. Ironically, here in Sweden most of the 1-year program doesn’t last for full 12 months, but officially only for around 10 months (August-May). Even our residence permit ends just two weeks after we finish the program. Therefore, I cannot even extend my stay until the summer here in Sweden to experience the iconic Swedish midsummer tradition. Even for people who study for 2 years in Uppsala, the time when your student residence permit ends will come eventually. For most cases, it will end around June.

Therefore, here are some of regrets, suggestions, and things I wish I could have done better:

Apply residence permit / coordination number (for 1 year) as soon as possible

As you may have heard this is important for everyone living in Sweden to get access to insurance and also get back account. Gather info as early as you can before you come to Sweden and during your first month, you go apply. I regret that I procrastinated on doing this since I only could apply for a coordination number, didn’t know that it was actually possible for people without personal numbers to create a Swedish bank account with a coordination number. You can only officially apply it once you are in Uppsala, it may take up to 1 month to get your number, only then you could apply a bank registration which will take another 1-3 months.

Network and be as social as possible during the first 2 months in Uppsala

Making friends and networking is crucial during your study abroad. It what makes the whole journey special and more valuable on top of your study. You never know what the network and good relationships will people might bring you in the far future. So, the first 2 months in Uppsala is usually filled with many opening ceremonies for international students coming from the faculty, the nations, and lots of student community.

This is the best period to explore and mingle with diverse people from around the world! The weather would also be nice when the late summer-early autumn still lets people to party and travel a lot. The classes are also still considered light at the beginning of the semester. So you could put more priority on socializing during this period. The reality is, for some people, getting to know new friends by themselves might be difficult. Therefore, the help of some networking events and parties happening a lot around this time will give you a plethora of opportunities to meet with people you resonate with! Nations exist for that reason. Everyone was super open and in the same spirit of networking during that period.

I regret not doing this networking more often during my first semester as I was focused more on my studies and searching for internship opportunities for my second semester. Even when I did, I only focused on things that related to my subject / my interest. I did not let myself to go out of my comfort zone and explore more things around to meet more diverse people. I did not even join the nation since I thought it would be a waste for me since I’m only here for less than 1 year anyway and I spent most of my 2nd semester doing part-time work and thesis already.

If you planning to get an internship for spring/summer, start looking early!

The Swedish internship job market isn’t necessarily easy to get I tell you. Especially for international students, your best bet would be to work in a startup or small company that is more open to international students. Although some big Swedish companies may also have some openings, the problem would be that the competition will be much higher. Not to mention some companies still prefer their talent to speak Swedish as a plus point. Some course program has an internship as one of their credits as an elective, some don’t.

Therefore, consider to actively looking for opportunities starting from 3-2 months before your internship credit / preferred time. This can be done by actively searching via LinkedIn, the Career at UU portal, or even getting some opportunity via networking in Sweden. In most cases, companies hire talent on a first come basis, therefore make sure you apply early,  update your CV, and stand out from the crowd! Make use of the Uppsala career help team to get tips on understanding the Swedish company and industry better as there might be some unique insights you can utilize to help your application journey.

This also goes to if you plan on doing a thesis in a company setting. It is common for companies to advertise on Linked In about looking for thesis internship talent where you can apply for your thesis topic if you want to. Again, the timing may vary a lot so keep aware of it.

Travel as much as you can!

Having a Swedish residence permit means that you are eligible to travel around EU Schengen countries so make sure you don’t miss any opportunity to travel! Plan ahead would save you a lot of money. There are also many budget airline options to travel around countries, or train and busses options if you fancy trying it out. You will be surprised how cheap it can get to travel around Europe, so make sure you browse appropriate tickets and accommodations. Most of these countries are enough to be explored in a 1-2 day setting, so you can consider planning some travel during normal or long weekends and put the longer travel plan on winter holidays.

I did travel a lot in the span of 10 months, my suggestion is to travel during the low season of autumn (Example: Germany, Netherlands, France), travel to a warmer country during winter like Spain / Italy to cure your winter depression (haha) or go challenge yourself to the Arctic Circle city like Kiruna or Tromso in Norway during the winter season and try some winter sports like skiing! Try to explore the eastern and Balkan countries also on your list! Keep in mind that starting from April, the ticket price will gradually rise. (So prioritize a more expensive country first in your list, if you want)

However, I do regret that I did not travel to Sweden enough for the entire period when I could have done so! UL region is so big with lots of small cities around, so make sure you utilize the monthly bus ticket to explore more Swedish UL cities. You most likely subscribe to a bus during winter time.

Have a clear goal of what’s after graduating

We know that most of us already have some plans after graduation, but the reality is, once you step in Sweden and dive into the routines, and get exposed more to practical implications, you may need to reevaluate again your plan after graduation. Ideally, you need to start seriously thinking about it after your first 3 months of studying and getting to know how things work in your field.

Decide on this “Do you consider going back home, or do you want to stay and continue to work in Sweden?” For people who are firm that they would continue giving impact back home, things may be simpler. However, if you want to continue your journey in Sweden then you need to seriously make a thorough plan during your stay in Sweden especially when you have limited privileges as an international student. The earlier is of course the better plan it will be

Be aware of the immigration policy/rules for your next plan!

You should always check on Migrationsverket on the rules that apply to you when you need to extend your residence permit due to studies, or changing your permit after graduation into job seeking visa, or even the job permit visa and understand every consequence that it has (documents and financial wise). Therefore, you may need to prepare around 1-2 months before your student permit ends if you want to stay in Sweden after graduation. Be resourceful, ask the relevant source, share the info to others, keep up to date.

Make sure to have great memories with your friends!

Last thing, make sure to spend more times with your friends at the end of the period. Not all people stay in Uppsala and Sweden in general after graduation, keep in touch with everyone and make sure to have lasting memories together to make your summer time more meaningful~ I regret to not having enough time to do with more of my friends, but hey at least I tried and we ended our journey with good remarks

Hope these things bring you insights in a way~ I’m grateful for whatever the time I had in Uppsala despite it being less than 1 year. (I am planning to go back to Indonesia due to some personal reason and career). Thank you for all the memories and friend that I will cherish forever!

Yasmin signing out from Uppsala, May 2024!

Chasing the sun – By: Sofía

As winter gradually transitions into spring and the days grow longer in Uppsala, one can’t help but notice the change in atmosphere – not just the rising temperatures, but also the increased presence of students outside, soaking in the bits of sunshine. As a student at Uppsala University hailing from Mexico, I’ve personally witnessed how the shifting seasons affect my mood, energy levels, and social interactions.

Back home in Hermosillo, located in the northern part of Mexico known for its very high temperatures (45-50°C!!), I often found myself running away from the sun seeking refuge indoors, to protect myself from the heat and the intense rays of the sun. However, in Sweden, after almost 4 months of darkness and an extreme cold weather, the sun becomes a treasure, something almost mythical that one constantly seeks to capture. It’s a big contrast from my previous experiences, where I would seek shelter from the sun’s intensity. Here, after months of gloomy skies and dwindling daylight, all I yearn for is to be in its warmth and to enjoy a beautiful sunny day outside.

What strikes me most about the arrival of spring in Sweden is the noticeable shift in social dynamics. With the emergence of the sun, the city seems to awaken from its hibernation. Streets are now filled with people eager to embrace the outdoors, sharing meals, going for long walks, and engaging in spontaneous conversations. It’s as if the sun acts as a universal catalyst, fostering a sense of community and conviviality among strangers and acquaintances alike.

What strikes me most about the arrival of spring in Sweden is the noticeable shift in social dynamics. With the emergence of the sun, the city seems to awaken from its hibernation. Streets are now filled with people eager to embrace the outdoors, sharing meals, going for long walks, and engaging in spontaneous conversations. It’s as if the sun acts as a universal catalyst, fostering a sense of community and conviviality among strangers and acquaintances alike.

Observing the transformation that occurs when the sun makes its long-awaited appearance, I’ve come to realize the profound impact it has on my own well-being. I feel like myself. I feel more energetic, optimistic, and eager to do things. It’s a contrast from the fatigue, gloominess and sluggishness that often accompany the dark winter months. I’ve come to appreciate the vital role that sunlight plays in regulating my mood and overall mental health, a realization that I had previously taken for granted.

With this I would like to remind myself and you reading this of the importance of embracing the beauty and the challenges of each season. The beginning of spring serves as a reminder of how after long months of darkness  we get to experience the brightness, warmth, and the blooming of a new season.

A Student’s “Tourist Guide” to Inexpensive Things to do and Sights to See – By: Arshia

It is no secret that students are short on money, and I am no different. Coming to a country that is known for being expensive, I was a little apprehensive of not being able to see a lot of things because they could potentially cost a lot, and while some things are expensive, there is no dearth of activities and sights that are inexpensive or even free. So here is a little “beginner’s tourist guide” of sorts that I’ve put together with some of my favourite things to do in and around Uppsala!

In Uppsala

1: Saturday Concerts at the Uppsala Cathedral
This might be the most obvious thing on this list, but it’s one you really should not miss out on. The cathedral is the tallest one in Scandinavia and is incredibly majestic both on the outside and the inside. It even houses the beautifully decorated tombs of past kings as well, which you will see as you take a round of the cathedral. There are usually a number of free concerts in the summer, as well as weekly classical concerts on Saturday afternoons which also have free admission and sound absolutely magical with the acoustics of the church!

2: A Little Art Outing at Bror Hjorths Hus
Bror Hjorth was a Swedish painter from Uppsala, and there is a little art museum dedicated to his works in the city that is free to visit! His home and studio in Uppsala have been converted into the museum it is today, and there is even an extension to the building where the museum hosts temporary exhibitions for other artists. I absolutely loved visiting Bror Hjorths Hus and I think it is my favourite museum that I’ve visited in Sweden so far. It is quite small compared to a lot of other museums and galleries, considering that it is literally in his old house, and they’ve retained a lot of his old shelves and books, along with so many of his sculptures, paintings, and murals. His artwork is so vibrant, and has such a distinct, bright style that it makes the space feel very positive as well. If you see closely, you will even find an artwork in which he has painted himself in the background!

3: Exhibitions and Contemplation at Uppsala Konstmuseum (Uppsala Art Museum)
I know this is the second art museum in a row, but I am a student of Aesthetics, so I am quite biased towards art! But Aesthetics student or not, the Uppsala Art Museum is lovely, with a large number of really interesting and thought-provoking artworks. They also have frequent exhibitions (of which I have visited a couple) that have fascinating themes (otherworldliness, humans vs nature, among others). The art museum is also free to visit, unless an exhibition mentions otherwise, and is also right next to Uppsala Castle if you’d like to pair the two for a convenient visit. It is also on a bit of a higher point in the city, and gives you a nice view of the cathedral come snow or sunshine.
I know this is the second art museum in a row, but I am a student of Aesthetics, so I am quite biased towards art! But Aesthetics student or not, the Uppsala Art Museum is lovely, with a large number of really interesting and thought-provoking artworks. They also have frequent exhibitions (of which I have visited a couple) that have fascinating themes (otherworldliness, humans vs nature, among others). The art museum is also free to visit, unless an exhibition mentions otherwise, and is also right next to Uppsala Castle if you’d like to pair the two for a convenient visit. It is also on a bit of a higher point in the city, and gives you a nice view of the cathedral come snow or sunshine.

4: A Summertime Day Trip to Gamla Uppsala
Gamla Uppsala or Old Uppsala is a not-so-long bus ride away from the main city, and you can definitely make a little day trip of your visit there– something that I’d definitely recommend doing in the summertime. Not only do they have a museum showcasing the history and significance of Uppsala, they also have several huge burial mounds from the age of the Vikings. At specific times of the day, they even take little groups out to climb the burial mounds with a tour guide, which you do not have to pay extra for. While the “tour” is super short, it is the only way for you to get close to and climb the burial mounds and for that reason I would say it is worth it. The ticket to the museum does cost 100 sek, but the card you get is valid for the whole year, and you can come back several times for free.

Along with the museum and the burial mounds, there are also several trails, an old church, an open-air museum depicting an old Upland village from the 19th century (only in the summer), and a cute little old-style café and restaurant. The sprawling grounds at the base of the burial mounds are also a nice place to soak in the sun, read, or have a little picnic with your friends!

Around Uppsala

1: History and Art at Västerås
Västerås is another city in Sweden that is 1.5-2 hours away from Uppsala by bus. The tickets aren’t super expensive, and if you already have a monthly bus pass, you have nothing to worry about since the journey is included in your ticket.

Västerås is a smaller city than Uppsala, but still has a bunch of stuff to see and do. The Västmanland County Museum is very immersive and interactive, and almost makes you feel like a child again. It is housed in the same building as the Västerås Art Museum, and yes, they both are free to visit! The city also has a cathedral, and you will even see some art pieces and installations as you walk around the city centre. There is also a historical landmark, Anundshög, situated a short bus ride away from the centre which is considered Sweden’s largest burial mound that is also a must-see.

2: Strolling Around Enköping
If you’d like to visit a little town that almost seems to be stuck in a time of the past, I would recommend a little trip to Enköping. It is not that the town lacks modern infrastructure, but some parts of the town’s centre can only be properly described as “quaint.” It is much smaller and quieter than Uppsala, with an old, quaint church looking upon an old, quiet cemetery. The storefronts in the town also emanate a feeling of being transported into the past, and walking around the town at sunset in the autumn evokes a very specific feeling that is hard to describe to anyone that has not already experienced it.

If you’d like to visit a little town that almost seems to be stuck in a time of the past, I would recommend a little trip to Enköping. It is not that the town lacks modern infrastructure, but some parts of the town’s centre can only be properly described as “quaint.” It is much smaller and quieter than Uppsala, with an old, quaint church looking upon an old, quiet cemetery. The storefronts in the town also emanate a feeling of being transported into the past, and walking around the town at sunset in the autumn evokes a very specific feeling that is hard to describe to anyone that has not already experienced it.

I think visiting Enköping was one of the most unique and unexpected experiences I’ve had in Sweden, and I would suggest a little day trip to see for yourself if you agree with me! Enköping is just a one-hour bus ride away from Uppsala and requires the same kind of ticket as Västerås, which isn’t very expensive!

These are my recommendations to you for now, and I hope to add to this list with the time I have left in Sweden. Happy exploring to those of you that are going to make your way to Uppsala, and I hope you enjoy these places and experiences!

Notification of selection results: explained – By: Sofía

So, you’ve eagerly awaited the verdict on your application, and finally, the moment of truth has arrived. But as you look at your Notification of Selection Results, you may find yourself confused with the terms and information.

Fear not! Let’s unravel the mysteries together.

Your Notification of Selection Results serves as your compass, guiding you through the outcome of your admissions application. Here’s what you can expect to find:

🔍 Which courses/programmes you’ve been offered a place in
📜 Which courses/programmes have placed you on a waiting list (reserve)
❌ Courses/programmes that have been deleted
📝 Special instructions from the university
📞 Contact and other pertinent information
⚖️ How to initiate an appeal, if necessary

But hold on! Before you jump to conclusions based on your application status, let’s decode some common questions:

🔍 “Qualified” Status: Does this mean I’ve been accepted?

Not quite. While being “Qualified” signifies that you meet the prerequisites for the programme, it doesn’t guarantee admission. Think of it as passing the initial stages; now, it’s onto the next phase—selection.

🎯 More about Selection:

Selection is where the real magic happens. Universities assess candidates based on academic achievements and other criteria to determine who secures a spot. This process is competitive, with only a fraction of applicants securing admission.

In this website you can see statistics of past years: (only in Swedish)

❌ “Unqualified” Status: What does this mean?

If your status reads “Unqualified,” it means you haven’t met the general entry requirements or submitted complete documentation by the deadline. Don’t lose hope! You can still rectify this by providing additional documentation, albeit after the admission results have been disclosed.

🤞 “Conditionally Placed on Reserve”: What’s next?

Congratulations, you’re on the waiting list! This status indicates that you may still snag a spot, provided you fulfill certain conditions—such as paying tuition fees or submitting requested documentation—upon receiving an offer.

🔍 Haven’t Received Results: What should I do?

If you’re anxiously refreshing your inbox to no avail, don’t panic. Reach out to University Admissions for assistance. Sometimes, technical glitches or communication mishaps may occur, but rest assured, help is at hand.

So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to deciphering your admission results. Remember, regardless of the outcome, your journey doesn’t end here. Embrace the process, stay resilient, and keep striving for your dreams.

Best of luck!

Your future awaits! 🌟

For more information don’t forget to check University Admissions

The wonderful life of a queer student in Uppsala – By: Andis

When I was barely 16 years old I came to a scary and troubling (at least for me at that time) realization. I understood that I am not exactly like all my friends around me getting into their first relationships and thinking about their future. Barely 16 I came to the conclusion that I am in fact queer and there was no going back.

Now the obvious question – why would it be scary, why would it trouble me in such a way. The answer is quite simple. Where I grew up it was not really accepted to be any way different from the accepted normal. Latvia at that time and even now has no legal protection to same sex couple which follows from the undeniable neglect from the general public, which logically follows from the history of the country, more specifically, 50 yearlong soviet occupation just last century. 10 years ago it was quite hard to be openly queer in public, in your workspace or even to your family. And you can imagine what it felt like being surrounded by teenagers in high school. Terrifying.

It was quite tough trying to understand who I was while trying to keep it on the down low so my classmates or teachers would not find out. And at that time all I hoped for was to have a place where I could be who I was unapologetically and just live without being in fear. I always thought it would be the university for me. Moving away from my little town and to the big city of Riga, getting to know new people who have no previous idea of who I am and reintroducing myself. However that did not work how I intended. I did of course tell more and more people about myself but it always came after a long consideration and partly shame.

But it did however change quite a lot when I finished my bachelor’s degree, gained courage and moved from Latvia to Sweden. When I arrived to Uppsala and started looking for friends I was still quite careful with what I say and how I present myself, quite reasonable I think since I had spent around 20 years of my life surrounded by people telling me how gay people are evil, it is not right etc. Anyway when I started being active in my nation I met a lot of people who were just like me. Not necessarily queer or traumatized by the views of their society while growing up, but interested in the same type of music, same movies and the same kind of activities. Soon I was surrounded by people that I like a lot and I had found myself into this wonderful bubble where everyone is exactly who they want to be and it is totally normal and acceptable.

The most surprising part of getting to now so many new people here was that nobody ever cared about things like sexuality or gender. And not in the weird ignorant kind of way, more like everyone was allowed to be whoever they want and express themselves however they please. That was such a charm! People here are not defined by what their sexuality or gender identity is like they were back home and it is so incredibly wonderful.

This might seem a little weird for people who come from Western Europe but just seeing people in Sweden hold hands publicly and hang out together even if their relationship does not follow the traditional sample whatever that must be. It made me so emotional seeing two queer people sit on a park bench, holding hands and chatting while everybody around them paid no mind in any sense whatsoever. What a privilege to live in a country where no matter who you are, you are allowed to love freely and live in peace with themselves.

As well as that, the amount of queer events and activities around Uppsala is incredible. There are queer clubs, pubs, book circles, movie nights, fikas and so on. Everywhere you look there are events for us to hang out and get to know our community better and let me tell you – it`s marvellous.

Here I have collected some of the biggest groups for queer students in Uppsala:

Trip to Kiruna – Into the Wilderness in -30 Celcius – By: Yasmin

Hello! This is Yasmin again coming back with another blog. This time I will share my complete experience in detail about going to Kiruna up north of Sweden for 2 days and 1 night! Some of you may have already seen some of my stories on our @studyatuu Instagram, and I got a lot of exciting responses and questions in detail about the trip. Of course, being a student we always have a tight budget to make sure that every trip we made should be affordable enough and worth every penny! That’s why I decided to share it in detail here in the blog to inspire you to go at least once in your life up to the north of the Arctic Circle!

Why Kiruna?

Kiruna has always been long known as one of the northest most populated cities in Sweden with a population of around 20 thousand inhabitants due to the biggest modern Iron Mine Industry, which means that it has a big tourist attraction potential especially in winter notably the infamous original ICE HOTEL that they build every winter season from blocks of ice. Other than that, tourists usually come here to do many winter activities like wolf sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and spending the night in the wilderness while wishing to see the Aurora Borealis at a higher chance. It is also close to Abisko National Park and near the border to Narvik, Norway on one train line.

What Tour Package to Book?

Luckily, I got this recommendation from a friend who showed me a poster of a Kiruna Open Trip tour organizer. Actually, there are a couple of tour organizers who posted their posters on many Uppsala University campus information walls you might stumble upon when entering your faculty building. It’s a pretty popular tour organizer among Uppsala students as I see a lot of people from Uppsala during my Trip. Overall the one that I picked has everything included during the stay in Kiruna. From transport from/to Kiruna station or airport, the accommodation, full meals, winter boots with pants, and lots of winter activities to choose from. I booked a 2-day tour for 1600 SEK per person! (Student price, International student ID acceptable). If you manage to have a group of 5 people they will give you more discounts. The tour organizer basically has their own cabin property in the middle of the wilderness near the frozen river 10 km from the edge of Kiruna City Road only accessible by snowmobile. If you are not keen on a tour organizer, you can always check on TripAdvisor to customize your trip plan before reaching Kiruna.

Pro Tip to Plan your trip:

  1. Do not come there unplanned. It is advisable that you do this activity around December – March when the snow piling up. The end of December to January is the coldest month when the rivers are completely frozen. December is way darker with so little sunlight.
  2. However, if you really want to maximize your chance of seeing the Aurora at its peak (KP index above 4) you have to do Aurora forecast research a month in advance and pick a date based on the date. Hopefully, the tour organizer will have an opening slot around that time.
  3. Check out transportation costs at 1-month max in advance the latest to get the optimal price. The earlier is better either Train or Plane. Plane is generally more expensive with tickets more than 1200 sek from Arlanda airport direct to Kiruna. Some airline sometimes has cheap options starting from 700 sek but the flight is not always available every day.
  4. I recommend trying to experience via Train at least once for 14 hours worth of travel. The train is generally cheaper than a plane but if you are not fast enough, it may be sold out quickly and end up at the same price as plane tickets. Overnight trains are usually cheaper, don’t set high expectations for the landscape view since it’s mostly just forest and snow in Winter.
  5. All factors considered, pick your dates and make sure that you have enough time to prepare and rest after the long trip. Since most students will do it in their winter break, expect things to sell out quickly around December/January.
  6. Pack enough winter clothes preparations and a lot of snacks/ proper meals throughout your journey! Being in the cold for long naturally makes you hungrier fast. I recommend bringing 1 backpack for clothes, 1 sling bag for quick access stuff, and 1 additional folded bag for snacks/food.

Start the Train Journey

I went to Kiruna from 19-20 January. Since I used the overnight Train from Uppsala-Kiruna. I needed to start my travel on the 18th night from the Uppsala train station at 7 PM. It was from a Norwegian train company with their classic artic expedition locomotive train that has a sleeping compartment option. The train goes from Stockholm up to Narvik, Norway, and passes through some cities picking up passengers along the way. Here are some pictures of the train vibes. It has a restaurant and bistro that serves some delicacies such as reindeer stew! The train is super warm,it has a toilet for every carriage, WiFi, and a charging slot for every 2 seats~ I spent most of my time watching movies and sleeping.

The journey was planned to last 14-15 hours from Uppsala to Kiruna and It was supposed to be a direct train with no transfer. Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather up to -30 in the north, the locomotive train could not proceed past Umeå-Boden, therefore we needed to transfer to another light-speed train Norrtåg at around 6 AM at Boden. The good thing is, that everything was announced quickly hours before midnight via email and SMS. We also get ticket replacement bookings for the second train. Overall, the train journey was pleasant and filled with a lot of students from everywhere! Unfortunately, there were not many views to see during the night other than the city train stations, nor during the early morning with the constant snowy forest. I safely reach Kiruna at 10 AM.

Arrived, Getting Picked, to the City Edge!

When we arrived at the train station, I was greeted by our tour organizer, and proceeded to put our bags in the car. There I also met another tour participant who went on the same train as us and took the same car. Along the way, our tour guide explained a lot about Kiruna City in general and how it was a super beautiful sunny winter day after a month of also no sunlight in Kiruna. Amazing insights: Kiruna city is collapsing every time due to iron mining activity. A lot of structures in the now-old city began to crack down and left behind. The government decided to move the city alongside its residences into the new city center which officially opened in 2022. The train station was also a temporary one mainly to transport iron goods. Other than the Mining Industry, the people in Kiruna are heavily involved in the city tourism itself.

Once we arrived at the city edge where the city road basically ends. We saw four snowmobiles with carriages and a storage shaft. We were given the option to change our shoes into a way proper winter boots leaving our current boots inside the storage. They also provide winter pants for better isolation if you happen to not wear proper winter pants. It was available for many ranges of shoe sizes and it was super helpful. I took the winter boots only since I already wore my Ski pants.

Snowmobiling Our Way!

After changing, we put our backpacks in one of the snowmobile carriages which is driven by our tour guide. Anyone who knows how to drive and has a driving license may be asked to help drive the other three snowmobiles to our cabin location which is around 10 KM. Meanwhile, the rest of the people will be on the carriage. It was super lovely with the sunlight shining through the way. We went to the forest, frozen swamps, and frozen rivers. We also saw some Moose footprints and wild wolves! Being outside in -28 with the wind breezing as we snowmobile definitely froze our senses, especially the feet! That is why, we occasionally made some stops along the way to heat up ourselves, moving our toes, and taking turns driving.

Arrived at the Cabin!

Once we arrived at 12 PM, we put our stuff in our cabin which is a traditional Sami hut with bunk beds and a seating area that is heated with a traditional wood-burning oven. Not long after that, we were asked to go to the main dining cabin for Moose Stew as lunch (they also provide a vegetarian option). There are multiple cabins with different purposes and also a dedicated cabin for compost toilet 🙂 A wild experience. (Pro tip: always bring tissue / wet tissue/hand sanitizer, will be handy!)

Basic Survival Lessons!

We were taught how to sew, axe, and chop the wood into smaller pieces and did some tag team to sew the big logs to provide our own cabin heat and also for the sauna! We were also taught on how to operate the oven and the sauna with safety precautions. After that, we went to the frozen riverside to also learn how to actually earn water by digging up the frozen lake and gathering the cold water with jugs that we transported to the cabin area again. It is said to be one of the cleanliest rivers on earth since no civilization along the river could tarnish it other than us. You could actually see the very clear river base since it wasn’t deep at all. Everyone got a chance to try to dip their hand in the frozen river in the water gathering sessions. It made my hand and finger numb from the cold for good minutes. We tried to finish all the preparations before running out of sunlight at around 3 PM. After that, we were asked to also book our sauna time (1 hour each per travel group) starting from 6 PM until 11 PM. There were 2 sauna pods, one by the river and one by the forest. I booked my Sauna time at 6 PM before our BBQ dinner at 7 PM. It was actually hard to heat up the Sauna to the maximum heat since we needed to keep the wood burning in the sauna oven and gain enough water vapors.

Dinner and Catching Aurora!

We were looking forward to our BBQ dinner in a special hut. It was sausages, corn, eggplant, rice, beans, marshmallow, and accompanied with marshmallow. Unfortunately, everything was frozen!!! It was still -16 inside the cabin and it was kinda unpleasant that all the food became a bit hard, the water and juices became fully frozen, and the sauces in the containers were all frozen. We decided to bring some leftovers to our sleeping cabin and heat up since the cold was too much to handle. After that, it was pretty much free time for everyone while taking turns getting on the sauna. Some brave souls even did an ice bath before the sauna. We spend the rest of the night waiting for the Aurora by sitting on the riverside. It was -30 constantly and we only lasted for 30 minutes outside, so we went back and forth to check out. All the people and the tour crew communicate via Whatsapp group so it’s super convenient to know schedules and notifications if someone is seeing the Aurora alongside the pictures. We waited until 11 PM according to the forecast. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not on our side that night, it was hard to see it with naked eye. The Aurora was not that strong and you need a long exposure camera to really catch some greens out of it.

Rest and Start Early!

The cabin was still cold, but it was manageable with the duvet and layered clothes. (A sleeping bag is actually quiet handy if you cannot resist the cold). Since we were only there for one night, we tried to squeeze in as many activities as possible from early morning. The cabin provided us with a breakfast box containing bread, ham, butter, and some fruits for us to adjust ourselves. We walked through the riverside during sunrise and discovered that the river was slowly unfrozen in some parts, other people did Cross-country skiing, Air shooting, Sledding, and Ice Fishing. We had a good time taking pictures of the beautiful scenery around the cabin and wore special shoes to walk through frozen rivers. We found many moose trails but didn’t encounter one.

Going back to the city, Cancelled Train!

Around 2 PM we rode the snowmobile back to the city again. I tried the passenger seat this time. It was colder overall since we were heading back with the sun starting to set down. When we arrived back at the storage shaft, everyone scrambled inside the small shaft like sardines due to extreme freezing haha..We waited for our transport while changing the winter boots into our own shoes and returning them. Then we were picked up by car to the city train station not long after. Our Train back was supposed to be at 6 PM but we were told in the morning that it was canceled due to the extreme weather down to -30 and would be changed by bus replacement from Kiruna-Uppsala which was crazy to think about. 

Surprisingly when we arrived by the train station, at 4 PM we got an announcement that the whole bus replacement was canceled due to not sufficient bus to carry all passengers from Kiruna that day. Our whole train transport was rescheduled to the next day morning. Fortunately not with busses. As compensation, we got a one-night hotel+breakfast buffet and 200kr dinner compensation from the company and everything was set down to the ticket replacement. I could not complain about the compensation given and was too tired to change the mode of transport either way, so most of the people traveling back that day also had the same experience as mine. I had to look for taxi from the train station to the hotel since it was quite far. Managed to share it with fellow tourists together. Once arrived, I took a good rest in the hotel and explored the new Kiruna city center a bit to shop for some souvenirs and snacks for the trip home tomorrow.

Finally Heading Back!

As another compensation, the train operator provided us with Bus transportation from the hotel to the train station around 9.45 to catch the train at 10.40. It was like a field trip with a bunch of tourists you did not know before so it was definitely a unique experience since we all suffered together from the cancellations together haha.. Unfortunately with the train going back to Uppsala, we needed to change 3 times from Kiruna – Umeå (6 hours) – Sundsvall (4 hours) – Uppsala (3 hours). It was a bit challenging to sleep with the constant changes and we were running out of proper meals and snacks. But after a long fiasco, I finally reached Uppsala around 12 AM! Thankfully the city bus was still available to my housing

I definitely recommend this trip once in your lifetime to really submerge yourself in the winter wilderness! If you have extra time, you should also discover Abisko National Park one station from Kiruna, and definitely try another Aurora hunting together with friends will make it even more memorable.

Clothing Tips:

  • 3 layers of clothes plus a hooded winter puff/ windbreaker jacket is basically enough. (Longjohn, Heattech Wool shirt, Sweater) Focus on the material.
  • 3 layers of socks minimum and bring some extra in case your feet sweat a lot and frozen inside the winter boots
  • Baklava underneath the Scarf is highly recommended to prevent frozen lips
  • 2 Pair of gloves, (Smartphone touchable gloves, covered with thick mitten glove)
  • Beanie hat and goggles since you will be outside for a long time

Private Housing in Uppsala – By: Daisy

Hello! To go along with my Instagram post I am going to tell you a bit about my experience with finding private housing in Uppsala using Uppsala Bostadsförmedling

note: this is just my experience using it and perhaps it is different than yours

What is Uppsala bostadsförmedling?
It is essentially a nation wide housing queue that attempts to make housing an easy and accessible process for everyone living in Uppsala municipality. 

Once you join the housing queue (which costs 305sek per year) you are able to put your name on waiting lists for different housing options. The longer you are in the queues, the more points you will acquire and therefore you will be in higher priority for housing. 

How to join?
It’s very easy. You just need to sign up on the website using your email address (you can also use your person number if you have one- or add it to your profile once you are here and have one)

You can pay using any type of bank account even if it’s international

NOTE: Make sure to sign up as a student! This gives you access to student only housing and also means that if you sign a contract your housing queue position is unaffected

What next?
You can search for different housing options within Uppsala, such as the amount of rooms, size in m2, price of rent. From then you can ‘express interest’ and join the specific waitlist for that housing option. 

Often there are many people joining the wait lists and some people maybe have been in the queue a lot longer than you but don’t give up hope! Just keep applying to everything you can and eventually you will get lucky. 

My tip would be to apply for as many places as you can, even if it isn’t your dream home. Once you have a place you can continue to apply to more places and move once you get here but it’s better to have somewhere to live than no where to live

Types of contracts:

1: Permanent Contracts 

2: Short term contracts

A permanent contract essentially means that the house is your house, and will be until you decide to move out. In most cases you will not be asked to leave by the rental agency at any point and you can do what you want with the house. If you want to cancel your contract/move out you need to give three months notice. 

A short term contract is a month to month contract where the rental agency is allowed to cancel the contract with only one months notice. This is normally due to planned renovations in the area. This contract also means that you, as the renter, only have to give one months notice if you want to move out. 

My personal experience:
I joined the housing queue in November, before I even knew whether I would be accepted into Uppsala just so I could accumulate as many queue points as possible. I also moved to Uppsala with my best friend and we both joined the queue at the same time. 

As soon as I got my acceptance from Uppsala we started seriously looking at the houses and thought about when we wanted to move (as I am from the UK I needed to get a visa, and the visa states the earliest I was allowed to move to Sweden was the 1st of August). 

It was around about the end of April that I started applying for houses with a move in date in july/august. 

It wasn’t until the first week of June that we secured the number one spot on a waitlist for an apartment. This apartment required an in person viewing but obviously as I was not yet in Sweden, I contacted StudentBoet to ask them if they could attend on my behalf. They agreed and went to the viewing and filmed the apartment for me free of charge. (Note; not all houses require in person viewings, only a few). 

We then confirmed that we wanted the house via Uppsala Bostadsförmedling and we were then put in touch with Rikshem (a rental agency) who we eventually signed our contract with. This apartment was a short term contract. 

We had to sign our contract in person but luckily we were visiting Sweden at the end of June and were able to take the short train ride to Uppsala to sign the contract. (Note: Many places will allow you to digitally sign your contract)

Our contract started on the 1st of July, so we did have to pay a month of rent before we officially moved to Uppsala on August 1st. We did this because  we didn’t want to wait too long and not have anywhere to live so decided it was for the best.

That is essentially my housing story but it differs for each person so do as much research as you can!

I hope this was somewhat helpful. If you have any questions you can ask me, but also Google was my best friend and I found out all the information I needed by googling or contacting the companies directly. There are a lot of resources online which are helpful. I recommend using youtube, reddit and even tiktok to find tips and tricks that perhaps official sources don’t make clear!

Art Tour with Artur – By: Artur

For a few years now, going to museums has been one of my favourite things to do. Whenever I’m travelling, I feel it’s the best way to get to know the city or country I’m visiting. This goes for both art and history museums. It’s a great thing to do whenever you are tired of walking outside, if the weather is not that good, or if you want to spend some time enjoying your own company or having interesting conversations with others. Whenever I’m back home, I like going to museums because they feel like a little vacation to me. It’s as if day-to-day life was halted for a few hours when I can treat myself to a little break. After living here for a semester, Uppsala already feels like home to me, which means it’s time to think about where to go for a little in-city vacation.

Sweden has many incredible museums, most of them in Stockholm. Over the last semester, I’ve visited the National Museum (Nationalmuseet) and the Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet), which is probably one of the most impressive historical museums I’ve ever visited. However, visiting museums in Stockholm involves two extra costs: transportation and TICKETS. Yes, all the museums I’ve visited in Stockholm had quite pricy entrance tickets, even for youth and students :’(

But if you are a museum enthusiast like me living in Uppsala or thinking about moving here, don’t get your hopes down just yet! Over the last months, I’ve discovered some fascinating museums in Uppsala. In this text, I want to talk a bit more about two of them, both of which are free: the Bror Hjorths Hus and the Uppsala Konstmuseum. They are both free, close to the city centre and have really interesting art from Sweden and other neighbouring countries.


Where? Norbyvägen 26, Uppsala
When? Thursday-Sunday from 12h to 16h

Bror Hjorth was a famous Swedish artist known mostly for his sculptures but also for producing many paintings. Although he was born in the Northern part of the Upland region, Bror Hjorth settled in Uppsala, where he built his atelier and lived the last years of his life. His work can be found all around Sweden, in some of its most important museums, but also in public monuments, buildings, and churches, among other sites. After his death in 1968, his house and atelier were converted into a museum, opened in 1978, which was later expanded to include another area for temporary exhibits.

Out of the two museums I’m talking about in this post, this was for sure my favourite! Bror Hjorth has a very unique style, mixing techniques, materials, colours or the lack thereof. I specifically liked the human figure sculptures and the large colourful panels he made for various churches around Sweden. Although I’m not the biggest fan of religious art, I think his simple but distinctive representations of people, using very vibrant colours, made for a much-needed relief in the middle of the cold grey and white Swedish winter.

In addition to getting to see Bror Hjorth’s own work and visit his house and atelier, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. When I went there, it was the opening of a photography exhibit. It showed very Swedish themes set in very different parts of the country and under drastically different weather conditions. It was interesting to see the difference in aesthetics between a cold winter night up North in Kiruna and a hot summer day in the suburbs of Stockholm. The additional exhibition was also free and I’d say it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for when they are opening a new exhibit. You might be lucky enough to get some cookies, candy, and drinks for free 😉

Uppsala Konstmuseum

Where? Drottning Christinas väg 1E, Uppsala (inside the Castle)
When? Tue-Wed 11-17h; Thu 11-20h; Fri-Sun 11-17h

The second museum I visited in Uppsala was the Uppsala Konstmuseum (Uppsala Art Museum). It is located in a very privileged position: inside Uppsala Slottet (the Castle), one of the landmarks of the city. Sitting atop the highest hill in the city, going to this museum also ensures you’ll get some amazing views of the city centre and the countryside surrounding it. Visiting the Castle itself and enjoying the views would already be enough to convince anyone to take the walk there, but the fact that it also hosts the Art Museum makes it an even better plan for in-city tourism.

The museum is located in one of the corners of the Castle and beside the exhibits, it also has a Bar and Café, as well as a museum shop. I got to see pieces of the museum’s permanent collection, including mostly Swedish and Finnish artists. All pieces were curious in their own way, whether beautiful, intriguing, or disturbing, all of them got you thinking about something, which is after all the purpose of art. Unfortunately, when I visited it in January, one of the floors was closed, so I didn’t get to visit all of the permanent exhibits. However, I also heard that the curators are constantly rotating the pieces shown, so each visit is likely to be a unique experience.

The museum seems to be mostly focused on modern and contemporary art, with the temporary exhibits being located on the top floor. When I was there, there was one exhibit by Swedish painter Ingvil Stille which was super interesting. She combines very organic shapes relating to sunlight and shadows with deeply moving portraits, mostly of her family members. According to the program, she is not a lesser-known artist and that is the reason why she was recognized by the Upland’s Art Association as the Artist of the Year in 2023, leading to her work being presented in the Konstmuseum. I think it was a very well-deserved award, as I was very touched by her work and I was glad to see it in such a beautiful museum.

Finally, the remainder of the last floor included other modern and contemporary art pieces. It mixed videos, interactive pieces, as well as paintings in a very captivating way. Furthermore, it was from this floor that you have the best view of the areas around the Castle (see the picture of the Cathedral earlier ^^). Some pieces on this floor were more on the… provocative side of contemporary art, so to speak. Some of them included nudity and other themes which may be sensitive or triggering to some people. Everything is indicated before you enter specific rooms, but I’d advise people who are commonly affected by these themes to be aware of that.

To conclude, I highly recommend visiting both museums! They are unique and special in their own ways and can be a great program for a weekend day, either on your own or with company. Moreover, it’s always good to recognize and support free museums. Visiting them and showing that the community is interested in and engaged with these spaces helps politicians see that free cultural activities are essential for its citizens. As a final message: Support your local museums, support your local artists!

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