Uppsala International Summer Session Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Amazing and fruitful experience

I have tried learning Swedish unsuccessfully with some of those apps and online courses that teach you mainly close to meaningless sentences as ‘the dog loves cornflakes’ or ‘grandma is running’.
It was useful for perhaps learning some words and detach a little from the ground level, but as we all know, the real deal is to be in loco and get accustomed to a language while living and interact with real people.
So I decided to look around on the internet for possible solutions to be squeezed into my holidays.
9 weeks was exactly what I was pointing to, in order to maximize the results.
ACCOMMODATION SOLUTIONS IN SWEDEN
Sweden is an expensive country and on one hand rather bureaucratically hostile when it comes to accommodations for people without a person-number (their sort of ID and tax all-in-one number) and also very expensive, especially when it comes to temporary private accommodation solutions.
As a matter of fact, the formula ‘all inclusive’ was indeed what took my attention first, and I believe everyone should be after that.
Doing the math, considering hours of teaching, previous reviews, accommodation etcetera, it looked like a very honest price for Sweden and the only course with this length and options which could make it worth to take such a step. But looking around, there are actually very few alternatives.
I sent my application and decided to invest in that course during my summer vacations.
The whole organization is super efficient, flexible and impossible for anyone to get into trouble. Before and after the start of the course all inquiries are processed and problems solved. The director of the course is a catalyst for problems and her experience makes them dissolve even before bothering to find a solution.
PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
Before arrival, the entire main logistical info is sent in due time by e-mail. Given the fact that I had a particularly difficult situation with payments to foreign banks, I had plenty of email exchanges with the staff before admission and I did receive answers promptly, once even 3 minutes after my inquiry. And I am being serious.
ARRIVAL
The accommodation was the first thing I came in touch with. It is located in a perfect central area with a building fully equipped with everything. It was so well equipped I didn’t even use all the stuff I could have used.
My room was just what I wanted and needed, equipped with also a tv I never used + a dvd player, an in-room kitchen used 5 – 6 times which was just spot on in case for a day or two one doesn’t feel like cooking in the common kitchen.
All students are provided with prefixed student cards that will allow them to enter the local student unions.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

UISS is a wonderful program!

UISS is an excellent program. The language instruction alone makes it worth the trip. The classes are rigorous and fast-paced. It is easy to see improvement in speaking and comprehension after just one week. I remember loving the program and learning a lot twenty years ago, but this time I really experienced the specialness of the program. There is a warm, generous, open feeling in the air that starts with Nelleke, the director, and goes through the staff and all the students. There is a real sense of togetherness that is helped in large part to having fika (coffee break with snacks) and lunch together every day as well as the many evening and weekend get togethers. There are people of all ages from all over the world and everyone mixes quite well. I especially got a lot out of my afternoon class (Improving your Swedish through Theater and Music). It was very active with lots of theater games and songs and it was actually the most challenging thing I did. Most people in that class were at I higher level than I was but our teacher was excellent at making the class a place where you could take risks and push past your comfort zone. There is lots of singing the entire time at UISS and it is great because everyone participates with great enthusiasm. I'm not one to jump into group singing in the United States, but at UISS, the enthusiasm is really catching and I found myself participating with great gusto. I really did not want to leave at the end. I'm already trying to figure out when I can come back!

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

An integral quality learning

Everything is great in all the senses for the summer session course, the organization of it, the cultural experience, the great environment, the highly qualified teachers, the school facilities, the housing, the friendly environment and the knowledge acquired both cultural and language.

Definitely this is a great experience in case you really want to be immersed into the culture, language and every day life in Sweden, due the social activities, excursions, weekend trips and the evening classes which will allow you to know and understand a lot more about the aspects of the society and how a lot of things work in the country.

There is a lot to say about it to describe the great experience, to summarize it definitely I'll attend the next summer session.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

Swedish excellent summer programme

Strongly advisable program which offers activities not only to learn the Swedish language, but also the culture and society. Adapted to all the different EU leves, it is a programme that will be useful for all the people that are interested in studying the Swedish language.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Review

It was a great experience to learn Swedish and meet new people from all over the world at the same time. The teachers and the staff were really nice and helpful. I was there for the first time and I look forward to do it again.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Wonderful summer programme

If you are looking for a memorable way to spend your summer, you wouldn't want to miss UISS. The director and the staff as well as the teachers are very friendly, and one of the best parts of this programme is the social & cultural activities prepared by the staff. The experience of being Typically Swedish was filled with fun and excitement!

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Facilities

    7

  • Academics

    9

Groupe experience

It's incredible how many interesting people one meets in such short time and one learns a lot of Swedish simultaneously. The program provides many occasions to connect to people from different countries and a very open atmosphere makes the contact very easy.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    4

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    4

Lorna's review

Overall, a very enjoyable experience and I felt I received good value for money in terms of content of the course, teaching and cultural/social activities. It was a very full programme! I only gave a low rating for Health and Safety as I did not feel entirely safe walking home alone at nights in Uppsala.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

  • Uppsala International Summer Session responded to this review August 29, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    I am sorry to hear you did not feel safe in Uppsala. It is a very safe city and we have never experienced any problems with students walking home alone. I also do not know what we could have done about your safety walking home alone. If you have any suggestions, please contact me on my e-mail, director@uiss.org.
    I am glad that you were happy with the program though!! All the best, Nelleke

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    6

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    4

Review

UISS was a great experience.
I liked the fact that both language and cultural contents were taught.
Housing had a bit of seventies-feeling but was okay.
The staff was extremely friendly, however I didn't like that much that there were a few 'stars' among the students that seemed to be closest friends with Nelleke and Co., while others were rather 'average'.
Apart from that UISS provided a great time and really helped me to learn more of the Swedish language and Sweden as a country!

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session

  • Uppsala International Summer Session responded to this review August 29, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    I am sorry to read that you didn't like the fact that the staff made friends. Some of them were returning students and students that were there all summer. We really try to include everyone. Sometimes we get invited by the students to come for dinner or join in an activity and when we accept, we get to know them better and sometimes even become friends. I am sure you also became friends with some, but not all students, just because it is difficult to get to know every single person on a more personal basis. It's just something that happens. I am sorry if you felt left out, that is not our intention at all and my door was always open to every student, teacher or staff member. Time is just too short. Please e-mail any suggestions you have to me at director@uiss.org. I am glad that you liked the program for it's teachings and so on. All the best. Nelleke

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great program for learning Swedish language and culture

We had language courses in the morning and culture courses in the afternoon. It was a very nice balance, and helped to keep up the tension and enthusiasm the whole 3 weeks.:) Also the culture programs(Uppsala tour, crayfish party, pubcrawl etc.) gave me a great introduction and some insight to the local society. It was a great opportunity to get closer with classmates, and made the whole experience much more fun and exciting.

Program: Uppsala International Summer Session