Uppsala University vs Gothenburg University!, Advice needed on choosing between them.

Hi everybody!

I seriously need a piece of advice! Yesterday evening I've got a mail from The School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg (not an e-mail, a post mail!) They manage admissions outside of studera system (due to the incompatibility of deadlines). I have been admitted to the M.Sc. in Industrial Management. At the same time I have SG=DA & MR=999 for Uppsala Uni, MSc in Economics, as far as I understand this means very high chance of being admitted. I know that in general Uppsala is much more prestigious than Gothenburg, but The School of Business, Economics, and Law is quite separate and also very good. Not being very familiar with the situation of Swedish university rankings, I would like to have some suggestions on the matter. Thanks for advance for any help!

finding work as a new arrival to Sweden

I'm a UC Berkeley student who will be spending my last summer and semester at Berkeley on an exchange program in Lund. This will be my fourth time in Sweden, though my first three trips were brief. I have a handful of friends there, am studying the language, and truly love the country. I also have dual US/Irish citizenship, enabling me to legally live and work in EU countries for as long as I would like. My time in the San Francisco Bay Area feels like it's coming to an end - my partner of six years split up with me last year, my closest platonic friend is moving cross-country, and I'm graduating. As a Scandinavian major considering a doctorate in the field, the chance to become truly fluent is very appealing to me, and as I haven't a reason to be anywhere else in particular, the idea of staying in Sweden for several years (or more) appeals to me. As I'm not fluent yet, however, I have absolutely no idea what my chances are of finding employment of any stripe until I am.

At 32, I've held a lot of "menial" jobs - housecleaning, home care, food service, sales, etc. I don't think of anything as being "beneath me", and I'm extremely flexible. However, everyone I've spoken to has said that getting one's foot in Sweden's job market requires having the right connections, and that without absolutely fluency things are challenging to say the least. Is there hope for me? Can I find work in Sweden if I'm willing to settle for something less than ideal? (Specifically, I'm hoping to live in Malmö or Göteborg.)

Want to be a KaosPilot...


I'm Tiara, originally from Malaysia, now studying in Brisbane, Australia. I'm applying for a spot at the KaosPilots school in Aarhus - I'll know if I'm shortlisted for their admissions workshop in late April by next week or so, and if I pass that, I start the 3-year program in September. It'd be pretty big for the both of us (KaosPilots and myself) because I'd be the first Asian student ever. I'm keeping a blog of my progress - feel free to visit :)

I'd like some advice on a few things:

a) My biggest issue with getting into the KaosPilots is money. They don't yet have a scholarship fund available (they're working on it, but no guarantees), and due to my extremely tricky citizenship (long story short: born & raised in Malaysia, parents from Bangladesh, Malaysian government decides I am really a Bangladeshi citizen and only grant me permanent residency when I was 7 - no idea if I'll ever be properly Malaysian), and the fact that I am not a tax-deductible charity, I'm finding it hard to find scholarships/grants/sponsorships that I qualify for in the first place. I've applied for a couple that look promising (still waiting to hear from them), and I've written to nearly every relevant company, ministry, and organization that I could think of - but half haven't responded yet while the other half said No. I've even managed to piss off someone at CIRIUS because all my attempts to contact the different departments somehow get back to the same person and she has to keep fending me off :P

My main concern at the moment is getting a flight to Copenhagen from Brisbane. I've contacted airlines but I'm not getting anywhere. They cost about AUD$2300 (over DKK10000) and I'd rather not have to pay for the whole thing out of pocket. I've been seeking sponsorship from airlines and so far the best offer I have is a possible discount from Malaysian Airlines (SAS and SIA turned me down; Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, and Thai haven't gotten back to me). I've asked the KaosPilots if they could cover this cost for me, but again I have to wait till April 5th, which is when they announce their shortlist.

Where else could I look for funding, either for the Admissions workshop and/or the three-year program? Are there any foundations or organizations in Denmark/Scandinavia/Europe that would be helpful to my cause? I've asked some other foreign KaosPilots, and while one girl in the Rotterdam school has been sponsored by a women's aid organization (haven't managed to contact her though), the rest either were supported by family or had to work overtime and miss out on some opportunities. They're all looking for funding too (one from Mexico just quit because she couldn't afford it anymore - and KP is rather flexible with paying fees). Are there any philanthropists in Denmark I could chat with?

a.5) as a side thing to my fundraising - I'm considering writing a column about my life as an international student in Denmark for the press. I'm a youth journalist back in Malaysia and they said they'll welcome anything I send them, but I'd like to talk to some Danish papers and magazines and ask if they're interested. (It'd be a good way to earn money!) The only publication I know of is the Jyllands-Posten. Who else would be good?

b) How else can I prepare for life in Aarhus? I've been there once before (I applied for the Stockholm program last year and got shortlisted, but not admitted - and had to buy my ticket in TWO HOURS from my uni savings, hence me not wanting to do that again!) and it looks quite easygoing and nice. Currently I'm taking Danish lessons from a private tutor, and my Aussie boyfriend (who actually spent a year in Denmark in 2005 with Rotary, loves the country to death, and thinks he's half-Danish) is teaching me how to cycle. Anything else that would be helpful to know or learn about? Anything I should prepare before I go?

c) I've seen a few posts recently alluding to a lack of cultural sensitivity in Denmark, particularly with Muslims. I come from a Muslim background (I'm not religious myself) and I look obviously foreign, though when I was last in Denmark I didn't face any issues. People were friendly and helpful, and I saw lots of diversity (heck, I found it hard to find a Danish restaurant in Aarhus!). Would my race/heritage be a bigger issue once I move to Aarhus? I'm no stranger to racism, and I've learnt how to deal with it, but I'd like to be prepared too. Would knowing the basics of the language help? (Apparently in Germany people are tons more friendly to you if you speak German, for example.)

If you have any advice, tips, ideas; if you know a KaosPilot or ARE/WAS a KaosPilot; or if you just want to chat and let me practice my very basic dansk (I could tell you what's in a leglijhed) feel free to reply, I'd love to hear from you :)

Vi ses!
lizzie and darcy

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hello, i'm not northbound yet, but as an anti-capitalist american, i am seriously considering immigration in the coming years. sweden has particularly caught my attention, because from what i have read thus far, its politics and economics are exactly what i want in a country, though i must admit that i have not done any reading about any other scandinavian countries yet.

since actual immigration would most likely be years away for me, i am considering exchange programs for when i go to university. the university that i plan to go to, arizona state university, has an exchange program with örebro university.

so, i have a few questions that i would really appreciate if you could try to answer. (:

is örebro a safe, pleasant place? is scandinavia in general safe? i ask because my family is really concerned about the recent influx of middle eastern refugees in scandinavia and the rest of europe. personally, i have no biases toward these people, but regardless, safety is a matter of concern.

is it feasible for an american student to take do university studies in english, but also take courses in swedish language (learning how to read, write, and speak it)? i don't know of any places in arizona where i could begin taking swedish language courses beforehand.

thanks for all of your help! <3
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Intro post for an exchange student!

Hi there everyone! I just joined this community today, and it says to make an intro I am!

My name is Julia, I'm 16 years old, and I live in Canada. I'm not exactly immigrating, but I am going for a year long student exchange into Denmark. Originally, I was supposed to be in Germany....but the rotary club ran out of spots, so they chose to put me in Denmark. I still don't know what city I will be staying in or anything, though.

I'm a little afraid, because I don't know anything about the country, or the language, but... I've joined a few livejournal communities to help me learn a bit more about the country. I hope I can make some friends here as well.
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We are living in
Israel and very interested to get acquainted with people and culture of NorwayIt would be very nice to get some suggestions from people of this community about possibilities of living and working among Norwegians for a period of time (a year or more). We are a family of 3 persons: my husband is a physician, I'm an occupational therapist, and our sun is 2 years old  kid.

 Thank you,


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Zomg it worked!

In september I flew over to the US for two weeks and married my dude. He came home with me and about 2 weeks later (1st week of october) we applied for first time residency at the local police station. They gave us a long speech about how this is allowed but 'you should have applied from the US' because Oslo wants that blah blah 'the rules had changed lately'..... We are fully aware, been following immigration rules closely in the past year to prepare for this. They accepted his application but told us we had to add a letter saying that we weren't an arranged marriage for a visa to Norway, but we had a while before they needed it. Ok we said and went home to wait.

3rd November he gets a letter from the city inviting him to Norwegian classes since he's gotten residency! It's a saturday and he runs down to the police first thing monday morning. Yes, he was given residency on 26th of October! He got his passport back 4 days later and we are now applying for a personal number and a tax card.

So the whole thing took 4 weeks?? And we didn't even send the letter yet! We are happy but confused. Maybe they mistook his application for one of those who applied a year in advance from their home country and only has to adjust status when they arrive Norway. Our financial status and application in general was perfect (nothing missing), so it could be just a coincidence. Or did they speed it up because we are both white and from western countries (I really hope not, but unfortunately that's how Norway works sometimes, though the Immigration office really shouldn't be bastards). Or maybe it was opposite proportional to the amount of worrying I did while we planned this:p

The current casework time is 9 months. Anyone with other stories of unusual short or long application times?

visiting the US with criminal record?

           I live in the US and have a friend in Norway who would like to come visit for a few weeks.  He's afraid to apply for the US Visa because he was charged with possession of pot a few years ago.  I've tried googling, but I still don't quite understand how this stuff works.  Do you think he have trouble getting into the US for visitation purposes with one, minor criminal offense such as this?  (I consider it minor, anyway...)

Thanks for any info you have!
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Norwegian immigration fee increase

The Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion (AID) has resoluted a change in the Immigration regulations which implies that, the fees for family immigration cases and applications for settlement permit increases.

From 1. June 2007 the application fees for settlement permit increases to kr 1 600 and that of first time application for family immigration to kr 3 000.

Link to the article @

We're doing the first time family reunion in a few months and whoah, the fee almost tripled! Good thing I read the news section every once in a while. We have a date now too, only 89 days to go:)


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