Hello. My name is Alexander and I did my fifth social work semester in Tallahassee, Florida at Florida State University. I have always thought of traveling after high school but it kind of never really happened. I started studying Social work a year after high school and never really thought I could combine traveling abroad with my current studies, that was until I found out about the exchange program at Jönköping University. Me and my friend Isak both got excited when we first heard about the exchange program. We immediately started to plan where to go. I have always wanted to travel to the US and when I saw that we had that as an option I got super excited. It is one thing to visit a country as a tourist, but it is a completely different and way more awesome thing to visit as a student. It truly felt like a once in a life time experience and I did not hesitate to apply to the exchange program.
When we arrived in August it was incredibly hot and humid. Both me, and Isak laughed at the surreal realization that we are going to study in a country that has “Swedish summer weather” all year around (except the humidity and the insane rain showers). The dark, cold weather in Sweden never really was my thing, so I was pleased.
I studied at Florida State University. It was an incredibly big school with 42.000 students. The campus was as large as a small Swedish city. I studied four courses: Family violence across the lifespan, social work practice with individuals and family, social work practice with groups and social work practice with communities and organizations. The courses were great. It differed quite a lot to how the courses are structured here in Sweden. We had a lot of tests with multiple answer questions, seminars quizzes and some papers. At Jönköping University, it is larger papers, some seminars then a final big exam. I would say it was more to do at FSU (Florida State University) but it was smaller, less frightening projects and exams. The quality of the courses were great, I truly learned a lot. Social work in the US is not exactly the same as in Sweden and it was interesting to learn how it works in countries outside of Sweden. The teachers I had were super kind. I was surprised about how much more personal the teachers were at FSU. Isak and me once even got invited home to have dinner with one of teachers after school. That was not something I am used to as a shy Swede ;)
First day of school