Who are you and where are you from? As well as your nationality, please tell us which city, town or province/state you’re from too.
My name is Daniella Andersson and I’m from Sweden. I’m studying chiropractic at the University of South Wales 2012 – 2016. I’ve lived in several places in Sweden, but before I moved I lived in a small town called Ulricehamn in Västra Götalands province.
What course are you studying?
Master of Chiropractic
How did you find out about the University of South Wales?
Well, as far as I remember, I was looking around at different education systems and universities in Europe. I was looking at those that had a good reputation and I started reading about University of Glamorgan – as it was called before and I got very interested.
Why did you choose to study here?
Mainly the fact that it was a good education, for a good price, English speaking country and a lot of students from all over the world.
About the University of South Wales:
Tell us about the course you are studying and how you find the lectures?
I’m studying Master of Chiropractic. This is an education where you learn a lot about the body and how to become a safe, efficient and good chiropractor. At our education we have a bit more lectures than most programs do, the level is high and the tempo equally – it is hard, challenging and tough – but you always learn new fascinating things!
Tell us a bit more about studying at the University, what is it like?
To study at the university is nice, In my experience you get more of a ”proper” university experience than what my friends seem to be getting back home in Sweden. There is always a lot of things going on at campus, and you can always meet new people, as long as you take the time.
Did you attend the International Welcome Week? If you did, would you recommend it to new students.
I did attend it, it was definitely one of the most interesting weeks I’ve had here, I met some very close friends there, people from all over and even my longtime boyfriend. I learnt a lot, grew a lot and felt way more confident that I made the right choice by going here thanks to me attending this week. I would strongly recommend it!
What are the facilities like at the University?
I tend to have a lot of classes in the buildings close to the train station, where the chiropractic practical classes are, they are quite nice and we utilize them a lot. The rest of campus is definitely not leaving a bad taste – however I’m not spending all that much time there.
What have you enjoyed the most (Lecture, project, trip, particular moment etc)?
One of my fondest memory still has to be from the International Welcome week 2012 – so much was happening. Besides this, one of my favorite memories has to be from some of the chiropractic parties that our society is arranging twice per year! Its always great fun, a lot of dancing and a loads of laughter!
About the studying in the UK:
What’s the most useful thing you have learnt?
That its wonderful to completely abandon your comfort zone. Also that Welsh homes are a bit chillier than they are back home – bring a comfy sweater.
What is the biggest difference between life in the UK and back home?
Probably the fact that back home we take a lot of things for granted, we are given a lot of things ”for free” – however people seem to forget how good we actually have it.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
If you decide to go here, I would recommend that you prepare yourself for a country that will be similar in certain aspects to Sweden, but other parts – alcohol, food, culture can sometimes be very different.
Life outside the University:
What has been the social highlight or highlights?
Those evenings at the pub that you didn’t expect – that turns out to be lovely and just a wonderful evening with your friends.
Some general questions:
How have you surprised yourself? For example, did you turn out to be really good at something you didn’t expect to be?
Im surprisingly good at swapping between different languages quickly.
What will you miss the most about University when your course finishes?
Definitely my friends.
What are your aspirations? What would you like to do when you finish your studies?
My plan is to work as a chiropractor. At the moment I really don’t know where this would be, I’m open for the world.