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Arrival Day for International Students

NEWS: Mar 14, 2019

Saturday the 19th January was an Arrival Day in Gothenburg, where about 200 students from all over the world arrived in the city in order to study for a semester, or more, at the University of Gothenburg (approximately 150 more arrived outside of the Arrival Day). With the spring semester starting the week after, it was important that everything went well, and that incoming students got the help they needed in order to acclimatize, and that those who will be living in student housing received their keys and all the necessary information about their new homes.

To make, what might be, a stressful and tiresome day go as smoothly as possible, the Welcome Services at the University of Gothenburg arranged a pickup service for incoming students, as they do every Arrival Day. During the day buses drove incoming students from Landvetter Airport and the Gothenburg Central Station to the Welcome Services’ offices where the students collected the keys for their lodgings, and received a welcome pack from the university.

With the help of student volunteers the staff at Welcome Services made sure that arriving students were greeted, got the right keys and answered any questions. This was also an opportunity for the students to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, and get to know each other after a day on the move. When all students had received their keys and welcome packs the buses drove them to their respective accommodations, before returning to the airport and train station to pick up the next batches of arriving students.

“I’ve Never Been to Gothenburg Before”However, not all students had the possibility to move into their accommodations right away as, in some cases, the prior tenants have to stay throughout January in order to take their final exams. Hanne Simons had travelled from Leuven in Belgium, and arrived to Welcome Services on the first bus from the airport. She is getting her bachelor’s degree in education and will be spending one semester at the University of Gothenburg.
“I couldn’t get access to my dorm room at Olofshöjd until February 1, so I will be staying in a youth hostel until then.”

Konstantin Lüdtke from Frankfurt, Germany, who is getting his bachelor’s degree in industrial design, was in a similar situation. Not being able to move in to his student housing until after January, he had arranged to live in a youth hostel for the first two weeks of his stay in Gothenburg.
“It’s fine for now, and it’s very close to the university. I love the Scandinavian area, but I’ve never been to Gothenburg before so I’m excited to be here.”

Third Time’s a Charm

Pia LenteSome students also opt to find their own private accommodations. One such student it Pia Lente, who is getting her master’s degree in Scandinavian studies and art history at the University of Göttingen in Lower Saxony, Germany, and will be spending the next semester in Gothenburg.
“I’ve always been interested in Scandinavia. I grew up reading Astrid Lindgren books and after senior high school I spent some time in Iceland, working with tourism,” she explains.

Instead of living in student housing she will be renting a room in a flat in the popular district Majorna.
“I searched through Facebook and found someone who was looking to let a room in her flat and contacted her. Unfortunately she had already found a tenant for it, but she put me in contact with a friend of hers who was also looking to let a room in her apartment. She had also already found a tenant but she, in turn, also put me in contact with someone else who she knew was looking for a lodger as well, and that time it worked out.”

The final buses carrying students departed from Landvetter Airport and the Gothenburg Central Station, respectively, at seven-thirty in the evening, arriving at the Welcome Services’ offices shortly after eight o’clock. The last weary travellers were given their keys and welcome packs, and were bussed to their new homes for a chance to take in the city and rest up before the spring semester, and the Welcome Programme, started the following week.

BY: JOACIM SCHMIDT

Page Manager: Welcome Services|Last update: 5/28/2019
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