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Congratulations to Newly Admitted Students!

Posted in category: General on 19 April, 2020

Congratulations to everyone who has been admitted to Linköping University. I can recall this time last year when I was notified of my admission to LiU and how incredibly excited I was. But in saying that, I was also rather nervous. It is a big commitment to move to another country but to those of you who are feeling nervous, perhaps you can take comfort in the fact that the experience I have had so far has been amazing and I would not change it for anything.

I instantly started to plan when I was notified of my admission. I decided to leave Australia in late May so I could soak up the summer sun in Sweden, I visited several different cities (Gothenburg, Malmö, Stockholm and Örebro). I arrived in Linköping in early August after securing an apartment and immediately started to explore the city. Arriving a few weeks before the start of the semester allowed me to experience a buzzing town square where makeshift outside bars had been built and it was constantly packed with people. I also explored areas outside of Linköping like Berg and Vadstena (Berg is in biking distance).

And for those of you who are worried about accommodation, don’t be. I know that is easier said than done but there is plenty of time to secure accommodation. Start by registering with the appropriate student housing companies and join Facebook groups  (Lägenheter i Linköping, for example). I found my accommodation on that Facebook group.

Below are some photos of my Swedish travels before commencing my studies at LiU.

Congratulations once again to those who have been admitted!







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Favourite Photos

Posted in category: General on 2 April, 2020

It has obviously been a tough month, especially for those self-isolating. I have been occupying myself by reading, exercising and face-timing friends, but this spare time has also given me time to reflect on my experience so far in Linköping. This includes spending, ashamedly, many hours on my phone looking at photos, so in an attempt to justify the ridiculous amount of time spent looking at the photos I have taken, I thought I’d share some with you. Below are some of my favourite photos of Linköping and the Östergotland region. It genuinely is such a beautiful part of Sweden, and the current spring weather coupled with a graciously clear blue sky, makes it almost impossible to not spend hours outside discovering new parts of this amazing region.




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Surviving the Winter

Posted in category: General on 27 February, 2020

Finally we are approaching March and therefore, spring! I have been warned though to not get my hopes up just yet – just when you start thinking winter is over and spring is nearing, another three weeks of miserable cold weather hits. Although, the winter has been unusually warmer than normal with the average temperature being significantly higher than previous years. And that has meant less snow too 🙁

But as we approach Spring and I reflect on my first winter here in Sweden I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the things I did to get me through the colder months.

  1. Take up a sport – I started playing squash on a Friday night with the LiU Squash Club. The night consists of playing squash for several hours (obviously) before having a few beers and having a sauna. It was a good way to meet new people, be social and keep active over the winter.
  2. Join a gym – this is not something that would appeal to everyone but I found it to be very helpful. I usually spend the day studying so it was a good way to distract myself from studies and get the body moving.
  3. Enjoy a few beers – I thoroughly enjoy watching sport on the weekends so I’d tend to (on a Saturday or Sunday) go to a sports bar to watch the Premier League and enjoy a beer. Again, a good excuse to get out of the apartment and a good way to relax.
  4. Go out and explore! It´s cold but as long as you have the right clothes on then it shouldn’t stop you from exploring Linköping and the greater Östergötland region.

These are just some ways, among many, to survive a Swedish winter. The winter certainly has not been as bad as I thought it would be and it didn’t stop me from doing things or enjoying myself.



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Brexit Lecture by Swedish MEP

Posted in category: General on 17 February, 2020

This week, as part of the Master of International and European Relations programme, we had a former Swedish Member of the European Parliament give a lecture. It was a privilege to hear him speak and I was incredibly impressed with the knowledge and experience he was able to share with us. The theme of the lecture was Brexit and what it means in a European context. He gave some very good insights as to the options available to the EU in a post-UK EU. He also spoke about the underlying factors that he thought contributed to the UK leaving the EU, some that I had not given any attention to so it was interesting and refreshing in a sense, to get a different perspective of why Brexit eventuated.

It also provided some clarity as to how the EU functions on a day-to-day basis. Currently as part of the Master programme we are studying the subject ´Contemporary European Institutions´ in which we have been learning about the structure of the European Union and how it facilitates (or doesn´t facilitate) integration among states. Obviously, we learn of the many different theories that help to explain and understand how or why the EU functions the way it does so it was a refreshing break to get some practical insights as opposed to the overwhelming amount of theory we are confronted with. Ultimately though, it helped me develop a more coherent understanding of how the EU functions on a day-to-day basis, an understanding that will be further strengthened next week when we get to travel to the EU in Brussels.

Together with the UF Talks – which I have written about in previous blogs – I have felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to so many passionate, experienced and well-informed professionals during my short time here at LiU. It provides additional exposure to new perspectives and approaches that I have found to be very helpful in my regular studies.



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Weekend Trip – Vadstena

Posted in category: General on 28 January, 2020

The beautiful lake-side town of Vadstena is a must visit for anyone studying or living in Linköping. Only 45 minutes (by car) from Linköping is the centuries old town, famous for its almost 500 year old castle built by King Gustav I and the Vadstena Abbey which is even older. But the town has much more to offer than its history, especially in the summer time. The lake in which Vadstena is situated next to is Sjön Vättern which is the second biggest lake in Sweden. The town is usually buzzing in June and July – there are several bars where you can sit outside enjoy a beer and soak up the many hours of sun.

I have visited Vadstena on several occasions and I think the best way to highlight the beauty of it is through photos. Below are some pictures taken in both the summer and winter months.

It is accessible by public transport, from Linköping Rescentrum you can catch a train to Motala and then from Motala, a bus to Vadstena. It will take about an hour and 15 minutes roughly, to reach Vadstena. You can buy a 2-hour youth ticket for 50kr.





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Sebastian Westley

Hello, my name is Sebastian and I have recently moved to Linköping from Melbourne, Australia to study International and European Relations.
I am a keen traveler and lover of sports. Follow my blog to enjoy my travels within Sweden, life in Linköping and my experiences studying at LiU.

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