Saturday, 27 March 2010

Being Swedish is kinda convenient..

Something that's really convenient about being Swedish is that Australian universities love Swedish students. Swedes don't need to get an OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) which all the other exchange students need to get, since they know we automatically have health insurance from the Swedish government. We don't need to send proof of funding either, since they know we automatically get money from CSN for all our studies. Also, when we send in our applications, we get special forms for Swedish students that don't require a bunch of documents and information. All exchange students need to send a translation of their school documents and certificates or a conversion of what their grades would be equivalent to, but not the Swedes - since they're already so familiar with the Swedish academic system. Hahaha.. no wonder so many Swedes want to study in Australia! :D

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Mail from QUT!

Yay! Got an e-mail from QUT's exchange programme saying they've received my application and everything looks good :) The official Confirmations of Enrolment will however only come after May 10th.. which is kind of frustrating since I can't apply for my visa until I get the code on my COE. Grrr.. I want it now!!


Thursday, 18 March 2010

Useful websites

Some good websites to keep an eye on..
  • Kammarkollegiet: Free government insurance for exchange students.
  • Student visa: The student visa costs 540 AUD, which is equivalent to about 3,600 SEK. Which brings us to the next link..
  • Exchange rates: 1 AUD = 6.7 SEK at the time of writing.
  • Vaccinations: Am a little concerned since I will be travelling via South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique for a few weeks before going to Aus.. might be a good idea to check WHO's website later on to see if I need to get any shots before I go. It would kind of suck to get stuck at Brisbane Airport all alone in the middle of the night..!
  • The Swedish Embassy: Always good to let them know you're in the country. Also, the Swedish elections will be held while I'm down under, so I'll have to go there to vote..
  • STARS: A good site to see what other students have experienced during their trips to different parts of the world. If you click on "Narratives" you can browse for tips and other info about your chosen city..

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Preparations for the great move..

Spoke to 3, my mobile operator, and cancelled the sms-contract (or whatever it's called) on my phone for the day that I leave Sweden. A lot of operators insist that you let them know 3 months in advance, others just a few weeks in advance, so it's a good idea to check that in good time. I won't be cancelling my entire mobile though since 3 also has a really good network in Brisbane, so I'll be able to call home at normal rates (which is awesome). As long as you're calling within 3 of course.. So if you also have 3 and want to stay in touch, text me or leave a comment! :)

I've also cancelled my membership at the gym, which means I now have about 2 months left to try get my beach-bod sorted! :) But I have a feeling I'll be using that membership about as much these next few months as I have during the last few.. (ie. never.)

We went to Shurgard yesterday too, signed a bunch of papers and got a teeny tiny key. Going to pack my entire life into a 4m x 3m box! Bizarre to think that we trade in every single item of our material worth, all the stuff we've accumulated thus far in our lives, for this tiny little metal thing. A little scary too.. What if something happens? Sure, we've got insurance, but it won't replace all the personal attachments we have to our stuff..

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

B vs P ??

Just got a call from Anna Skarpeke - seems half of the courses I've chosen are for masters-students and therefore not available for me :( I only get to pick from courses that end with the letter B, and not P. Would have been nice to have this information somewhere on their website so that I wouldn't have to send in my application twice..