A blog from the University of Borås

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Midsummer celebrations in Borås

Celebrate Swedish Midsummer in Borås!

Tomorrow 20 June 2014 it is time again for the annual Midsummer celebration.

Here you can read about how it is usually celebrated. There will be (at least) two traditional Midsummer celebrations, with dancing around the maypole, in Borås. One in Ramnaparken and one in Almenäs, both starting around 1 pm. 
Tomorrow is not a public holiday but most people are off work, Midsummer's Day on Saturday however is a public holiday. Glad midsommar!

Midsummer celebration in Ramnaparken
Traditional dancing and games around the midsummer pole accompanied by lively folkmusic
13.30 dancing around the midsummer pole
15.00 folk dance performance of Borås Hembygdsgille
15.30 ancing around the midsummer pole

Midsummer celebration at Almenäs
Welcome to celebrate midsummer at Almenäs! Almenäs Kök & Café is open from 10.00-16.00
14.00 dancing around the midsummer pole






Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Don't miss to vote in the EU elections 22-25 May 2014!

Do you want to support the Erasmus programme?

Vote for a MEP - Member of European Parliament who is supporting Erasmus!

Find a list of MEPs helping Erasmus from your country here:
http://www.helperasmus.eu/


Monday, May 12, 2014

Before leaving Borås...

The time to go home is fast approaching for many of you. While exams are likely to be on your minds I would like to remind all students of a few tasks that need to be done before you go home.

1. Give notice to your landlord.
If you do not give notice in advance you risk having to pay more rent (check with your landlord how long the time of notice is, for AB Bostäder it is one month). So please contact your landlord as soon as possible to inform them you are planning on moving out. Don't forget to return your keys as well.

2. Return your access tag.
Please return your access tag. During opening hours you can leave it at the Student Centre.

3. Return your library books.
Make sure to return any books you have borrowed. Speak to the personnel at the information desk of the library to return your card.

4. Transcript of records, confirmation of studies, letters, other documents.
Do you have any documents you need printed or signed before you leave?

5. Fill out the survey for international students.
The survey is available at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9KFMYF2



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Protect Yourself


On Monday 12 May a local Healthcare Center, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), the Student Health Care at the university and Borås hospital (SÄS) will be present in Balder distributing condoms, spreading information or answering questions.

Monica from the hospital's Reception for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) offers drop-in to take samples for chlamydia. She will be present at the premises of the Student Health Care (L5) on Monday between 10-15.00. Take your ID and do not pee two hours before your visit. 


For more information you can contact Ewa Carlsson-Lalloo at ewa.carlsson.lalloo@vgregion.se.

RFSL website  

STD website

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Become an international mentor!



Would you like to meet students from around the world, share your own student experiences and make new friends? We are looking for students who are eager to help new international students adjust to life and studies in Borås!

Sign up to be an international mentor or get more information by contacting internationalstudent@hb.se. Please inform us also if you are interested in a specific country or culture!



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Are you interested in 3D-printing?



Drivhuset in cooperation with SKS (Svensk Konstsilke) is looking for creative students for their competition on 3D-printing, future products and business models held during the opening ceremony of the Textile Fashion Center 23-24 May.
Participants will receive all material needed for the competition as well as goodie bags from sponsors such as SVEA. 

Sign up alone or in a team of max 5 people!

More information and registration on: www.drivhuset.se/boras

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

International Coordinators have moved to new offices!

All international coordinators have moved to new offices close to the elevators on floor 3.

You can now find us here:

International Coordinator for incoming mobility -
Kristin Podssuweit - B309

International Coordinator for outgoing mobility -

Kristin Rådesjö - B311
Helena Gjertz - B313
Friederike Schöne - B315
Karl-Fredrik Ahlmark - B307 (until 9 May) 

B309

WELCOME!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Information session on extension of residence permit

Do you need to extend your Swedish residence permit in the near future? 

Next Wednesday (16 April) there will be an information session on the extension process according to the rules and regulations of the Swedish Migration Board. Specific questions that cannot be answered during the information session will be followed up with the Migration Board and communicated to course participants afterwards.

Time & place:
Wednesday 16 April
16.00 - 17.00
H503

www.sverigesradio.se

Monday, April 7, 2014

STORY - Strengthening the Training Opportunities for inteRnational Youth

One of the major challenges of today’s young graduates is the unsustainably high youth unemployment rate in many EU countries. At the same time, experience abroad and work experience are criteria highly valued by employers, thus learning mobility seems to be the key priority to improve the employability of young people.

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is conducting the STORY (Strengthening the Training Opportunities for International Youth) project, an EU funded project that aims at improving the accessibility and quality of international traineeships, as well as at increasing the awareness on the existence of such opportunities for youth.

In order to achieve this, a research on the subject through online questionnaires is currently committed. STORY Survey 2014 will not only analyse the accessibility and quality of study and training mobility programmes but will also survey obstacles, especially the ones related to recognition, and expectations observed by the main actors involved in mobility for studies and traineeships (Students, Higher Education Institutions, National Agencies and Receiving Companies/Organisations).Through the analysis of the responses to the questionnaires, ESN will offer a more accurate and detailed representation of the obstacles and expectations of the main actors involved, and also offer some advice regarding best practices. In addition, supporting information will be disseminated through the project website (storyproject.eu).

Finally, STORY will contribute with an online platform ERASMUS INTERN which will provide an integrated market place that aims at bringing together training providers and individuals seeking a training opportunity abroad. This platform will enhance students' international opportunities on the European job market.

We believe that our work encourages mobility and improves the quality of exchanges of young people in Europe and beyond.

Do you want to contribute?
Questionnaire for Students


Find more information on our website and visit our Facebook page!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Workshop - CV and Interview

On Thursday 27 March 2014 there will be a new workshop at the UB with Career Councellor Susanne Håkansson in collaboration with International Student Services. In this workshop we will focus on how to write a CV and prepare for a job interview. The workshop is free and open for all international students at the University of Borås. The language will be English.

When? 27 March, 15:30-17:00.
Where? Room B341 (Balder building, close to the Student Centre).
Registration? Not needed, just be there on time.

Very Welcome!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Working in Sweden

Welcome to a workshop about work permits and career in Sweden!

If you are an international student at the University of Borås and interested in working in Sweden during your studies or after completing your studies, this is an opportunity for you to get more knowledge about the Swedish labor market, how to obtain a work permit and career possibilities. There will also be time for discussions and sharing experiences and thoughts with other students.

The workshop is led by Career Counsellor Susanne Håkansson and International Coordinator Malin Seljee.

When? Wednesday 12 March, 15:30-17:00.
Where? Room J418 at the University of Borås.

To participate, please register by sending an email with your Name and T-number to internationalstudent@hb.se before 12:00 on Wednesday (12 March).


Friday, February 28, 2014

Black night

During the "Black night" (Svart natt) at Kulturhuset (the culture center) in Borås there will be lots of things going on e.g. film screening, theater and concerts. Two bands will enter the stage, the Swedish feminist pop group Könsförädare (20:00), and synth music artist Henric de la Cour (21:00).

Tickets are available at Ticnet for 90 SEK.

Saturday 1 March
18:00-22:00
Kulturhuset

More information about the event is available at Borås Stads website, however only in Swedish.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Semla

In old times a semla was simply a bun, eaten soaked in hot milk. Today the semla is a delicious small wheat flour bun, flavoured with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream.

This traditional Swedish pastry can be found in almost every Swedish bakery and cafe from January to March, but the real day to eat a semla is on "fettisdagen" (Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday), the last celebratory feast before the Christian fasting period of Lent.

Fettisdagen this year happens on the 4th of March and while in Sweden, why not taste a semla then?!

If you want to learn how to bake you own semla, follow this link.



Start your own business

Drivhuset in Borås helps entrepreneurs to realize their ideas and to start their own business. They offer guidance and education in a creative environment.

Mars 20 Drivhuset will have an inspirational workshop about entrepreneurship and how you start your own business! 

Students at the University of Borås are welcome. According to Drivhuset the workshop suits both people with business ideas and people just interesting of knowing more about how it works.

Free of charge! Language English. 

If you want to participate in the workshop, register on Drivhusets website, where more information is also available. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Language Tandem Borås

Hablas español? Parlez-vous français? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Talar du svenska?

TANDEM is a project led by ESN Borås to get people from different countries together to help one another learn new languages and improve their language skills. It's also a platform for Swedish and international students at the University of Borås to meet.

The idea is that you and your TANDEM language friend(s) connect on Facebook, and then you can meet each other whenever you like and practice languages together.

You can also join the several TANDEM gatherings that will be organized throughout the spring semester. There will be approximately one TANDEM get-together per month, each with a special theme. Next one will take place on Wednesday 26 February 18:00-21:00 at Brygghuset, Bryggaregatan 14 in Borås.

If you are interested in finding a language friend and to know more about up-coming TANDEM gatherings join the group "TANDEM Borås" on Facebook where events and information will be published regularly.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dine out

During "the Restaurant Week" 17-21 February you have a great chance to try out the menu at a number of nice restaurant in Borås for a good price! A starter and a main course costs 200 SEK at the participating restaurants, which are:

Viskans Vinbar
Oliven
The Company
Passion
Brasseriet
SvenErik
Bara
Vinci
Köket
The Factory
Scandic Plaza
Bryggan

It is a good idea to make a reservation!

For more information about the Restaurant Week go to Restaurangveckan Boras on Facebook. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Want to improve your study skills?

On Thursday 6 February Study Counsellor Anna-Karin Josefsson will lead a free workshop about Study Skills. The workshop will be in English and is directed to international students at the University of Borås. There are 30 places and all you have to do to join is sending an email to anna-karin.josefsson@hb.se before Monday 3 February and register your interest to participate. 

When? 6 Feb, 16:00-18:00
Where? Room H401

Monday, January 27, 2014

Basketball!

Go and watch Borås basket team (with 21 straight wins!!) when they play in Borås - Boråshallen.

Sunday 2014-02-02, Borås Basket - Södertälje Kings
Tuesday 2014-02-11 Borås Basket – Solna Vikings
Tuesday 2014-02-18 Borås Basket – Jamtland Basket
Thursday 2014-02-27 Borås Basket – KFUM Nässjö

For more information go to: www.borasbasket.se

To buy tickets go to: www.ticnet.se


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Discover the Museums in Borås

If you are interested in culture/history/art, there are a number of museums to visit in Borås!

You have for example Borås Museum, the Museum of Arts, the Museum of Textile History...

For a complete list and addresses go to Borås Stads website.


Have fun!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

STARK-dagen job fair

STARK-dagen is an annual job fair at the University of Borås. This year it will take place on January 30! The job fair will give you as a student the opportunity to make contacts for summer jobs, thesis, internship or maybe a permanent job. Read more here.

Are you interested in improving your CV and in getting more information about STARK-dagen? Take the chance to meet the university Career Counsellor Susanne Håkansson before the fair! Click here for more information.


Friday, December 20, 2013

International Office opening hours during the Christmas holidays

Dear students,

These are the opening hours at the International Office during the Christmas holidays:

The International Office will be closed from 23-12-2013 to 01-01-2014 and on 06-01-2014.

If you have any urgent inquiry the Student Centre might be able to help you. The Student Centre will be open on 27 & 30 December 2013 from 09:00-12.00.

On 2-3 January 2014 the office International Office will be open between 9:00-16:00. And, from 7 January 2014 we go back to normal opening hours.

OBS. These opening hours only apply to the Central International Office (A332), not to the departmental International Coordinators.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wishes the International Office!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday fun - Ski in Ulricehamn

Ulricehamn Ski Centre is a popular Skiing destination in the south of Sweden, located only an hour from Borås with bus. Ulricehamn Ski centre has seven slopes and one snowboard park. The Ski Centre opens when it starts to get cold and snowy.

A one day ski card costs 280 SEK and a half day costs 240 SEK. On Wednesday they have a special prize 120 SEK for the afternoon/evening. If you are a beginner you can buy a one hour ski lesson for 450 SEK, or 270 SEK/person if you are a couple or 233 SEK if you are a group of three. Down hill skiing/snowboard equipment can be rented at the Ski Centre, 240/280 SEK for a half day or 280/300 SEK for a whole day.

For more information (website only in Swedish) visit Ulricehamn Ski Centres website. Or contact Ulricehamn Tourist office.

Take bus 200 from Borås Resecentrum to Ulricehamn (40 min). Find a suitable bus at Västtrafik.se.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter concert in Borås City

On Thursday December 19 there will be a winter concert in Borås City at "Stora Torget". 
On stage you find Myrås Gospel choir 19.00 and The Borås band State of Drama 20.00. The concert is free and open for everyone. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Before you go home!


The time to go home is fast approaching for many of you. While exams are likely to be on your minds I would like to remind all students of a few tasks that need to be done before you go home.

1. Give notice to your landlord.
If you do not give notice in advance you risk having to pay more rent (check with your landlord how long the time of notice is, for AB Bostäder it is one month). So please contact your landlord as soon as possible to inform them you are planning on moving out. Don't forget to return your keys as well.
2. Return your access tag.
Please return your access tag. During opening hours you can leave it at the Student Centre.
3. Return your library books.
Make sure to return any books you have borrowed. Speak to the personnel at the information desk of the library to return your card.
4. Transcript of records, confirmation of studies, letters, other documents.
Do you have any documents you need printed or signed before you leave?
5. Fill out the survey for international students
The survey is for students who started their studies at the University of Borås in September 2013. We appreciate a lot if you take a few minutes to answer this survey which is available here.

OBS. If you want to extend your residence permit, you can find information at Migrationsverket.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spend the winter in Sweden

The website "Sweden.se" has summarized ten reasons for staying in Sweden over the winter. Read and get inspired here


Friday, November 22, 2013

LUCIA Celebration

The Swedish tradition Lucia is a truly enchanting experience! The 400-year old tradition of the ‘queen of light’, St. Lucia, is celebrated the 13th of December with concerts and processions all over Sweden. On St. Lucia’s day you will see girls emerge from the darkness and gently silence the crowds with a procession of light and beautiful songs. Dressed as Lucia’s maidens, in flowing white gowns, each girl holds a candle and wears a wreath of glowing candles in her hair.

On Friday 13th of December the University of Borås invites all staff and international students to a Lucia-celebration where you can listen to Borås Lucia Choir and taste traditional Swedish saffron buns.

If you want to come to the Lucia celebration you must register in advance! The registration is binding. Register by sending an email with your full name to internationalstudent@hb.se before December 10. The celebration takes place in the "green restaurant" in Balder and starts at 07:15. Be there on time.
                                                  



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fashion Outlet

Mega outlet with the Borås based fashion brand
Gina Tricot! Buy test graments for 10-25-50-75 SEK.

When?
21 nov 14:00-19:00
22 nov 10:00-18:00
Where?
Lundbygatan 1, Knalleland.

Exploring The Future of Energy

The Nobel Prize Foundation organizes via its NobelMedia a free full-day event in Gothenburg 9th of december. The event is public and students are very welcome.

The topic of the event is “Exploring The Future of Energy”. Nobel Prize Laureates and other respected scientists will participate in a dialogue about the challenges of energy use.

Why not participate yourself?

www.nobelweekdialogue.org/

www.facebook.com/NobelWeekDialogue

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Improve your chances of getting a job in Sweden!

Career Counsellor Susanne Håkansson at the University of Borås leads a number of interesting seminars during the remaining part of the autumn semester. If you are interested in the Swedish labor market and in finding a job, these seminars could guide you in the right direction. No pre registration is necessary. Welcome!

13 nov 15-17 J418 Career in Sweden - Personal Branding CANCELLED

20 nov 15-17 J418 Career in Sweden - Improve your CV (Please note - new date and room)
21 nov 15-17 B341

25 nov 15-17 J418 Career in Sweden - The recruitment process

12 dec 12-13 J418 Improve your CV

23 jan 12-13 M506 Improve your CV and get prepared for the annual labor market fair - Starkdagen.

Show Up Fashion Award

November 28
Show up Fashion Award final and fashion show at the Textile Fashion Center Borås!
Read more here

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lights in Alingsås

The Lights in Alingsås project started year 2000 when students from the School of Design and Art at the University of Gothenburg gathered in Alingsås to try different light installations on public buildings. Lights in Alingsås quickly became popular among the inhabitants and is today a unique light event which attracts light designers and visitors from near and far! The latest years there have been around 80.000 visitors at the event each year. If you like to experience the Lights in Alingsås take buss 550 from Borås Resecentrum and you'll arrive in Alingsås in 50 minutes. Last day is Nov 3.


You can either walk between the light installations yourself or join a guided tour. Public guided light tours starts at 18.45, 19.15 and 19.30. Tickets cost 80 SEK/person and can be bought at Ljuskansliet Estrad Alingsås, until the start of the tour.

Read more here

Monday, October 28, 2013

All Saints Day


On November 1st it is All saints' day. All Saints day was originally introduced to remember the saints of the church who had no day of their own. Nowadays it is a day of reflection and many swedes are lightning candles on family graves. It can be very beautiful to visit a graveyard in the evening to see the countless points of light from the candles and lanterns. 

Obs. All saints day is not a public holiday.

(Sorry for previously writing that it is, it was a mistake)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Swedish news in English

Do you want to know what's going on in Sweden?
Read Swedish news in English at www.thelocal.se


Monday, October 14, 2013

Conference on technology and developing countries


Tuesday and Wednesday this week, there will be an international conference on technology and developing countries at Högskolan i Borås. We have gathered twenty-five speakers from sixteen countries, making this one of the biggest events on clean technology in Sweden this year. The conference starts at lunchtime on Tuesday and continues until Wednesday evening.

As an international student or researcher, you are particularly welcome to this event. All speeches are in English. You don't have to pay anything to attend the conference (apart from the conference dinner if you attend it).

The conference is organized by the non-profit organization OTEC Africa, by the School of Business and IT at the University of Borås in Sweden, and by Runde Environmental Center in Norway. The purpose of the event is to work for a sustainable future in the world in general and in Africa in particular.

Please read more about the conference here.
Register for the Conference here
POSSIBLE OTEC SITE, TANZANIAOTEC Africa Conference 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

International Bazaar - Cancelled


The International Bazaar Nov 13 is cancelled. Too few students confirmed their participation in the event and time is now running short. Hopefully there will be a new chance for the Bazaar in the future.




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

View the captivating musical Grease at Sagateatern in Borås.
The musical is preformed by 20 musical artists from Kultkompaniet and has received good reviews.

Grease will be preformed during several days in October (4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,24 & 25)
Tickets costs from 395 sek. Buy your ticket here

Europa League Football in Borås

Tonight the local football team Elfsborg is playing against the Belgian club Standard de Liége!
This exciting Europa League game will be played at Borås Arena 21:05 and there are still tickets left for sale.

A ticket costs around 200 sek and can be bought here

Friday, September 20, 2013

Autumn Market in Borås

Since 1750 there has been an annual Autumn Market in Borås the last week-en of September. This year the Market will take place 27-28 September. So don't miss the opportunity to go out on the streets of Borås and buy some nice local products and stroll among the crowds. 


Opening hours: Friday 10.00-19.00 and Saturday 10.00-16.00. 



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Give yourself a good start at the University of Borås!

You are welcome to join two free and useful lessons with Johanna Persson from the Language Lab. Both lessons will be held in room D612 from 14:30-17:00.
The first one is about Academic writing and takes place on Monday September 9th
The second lesson Oral presentation skills will be held on Monday September16th
NEW Study Skills with Anna-Karins Josefsson (Study Counselor at the University of Borås). September 23, 14.00-16.00, room D207. If you are interested in attending this lesson please send an email to internationalstudent@hb.se before September 16.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fashion Outlet

The Borås brand Gina Tricot will have an outlet on Knalleland today and tomorrow. It will be on Lundbygatan 1 from 12-19 and tomorrow from 10-18. Happy Shopping!


Monday, August 26, 2013

Moving to Sweden as a student



On the 4th of September the Student Union will organise a mini Fair in Sandgärdet (the library building). The Fair is about practical issues for new students. The Swedish Tax Agnecy, two Swedish banks and some other companies will be represented. The Fair takes place between 10.00 and 14.00. So it's a good moment to talk to the Swedish Tax Agency and the banks, if you have any questions for them.

Swedish Athletics Championship 2013




The swedish Athletics Championship 2013 is taking place in Borås from the 29th of September until the 1 september. It will be held at Ryawallen, you can purchase tickets at Turistbyrån if you are interested in going there. Read more about the event here: http://www.vastsverige.com/en/Boras/products/146624/Athletics-Championship-2013/

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Italian Food market

From today until Saturday there will be an italian food market on Stora Torget. So head down there if you don't have anything todo and feeling a bit hungry :)! It's open today and tomorrow until 18, Friday until 19 and Saturday 10-16.




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gothenburg Culture Festival, August 13-18

Ballet and carnival, street theater and symphony orchestra, culinary culture and jazz, film and carousels, hip hop and dance, fairy tale and circus, stand-up and sculpture, design and poetry, museums and markets, international artists and local bands ... In August explodes Gothenburg in hundreds of activities for all tastes and ages. Streets and squares turn into festive places where you can indulge in a rich variety of culture - in the broadest sense. Everyone is invited and the entrance is free! With 1.3 million visits in 2012 and traditions from the early 1990s, the Gothenburg Culture Festival is one of Sweden's largest city festivals. Read more and find the event program here.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Farmers Market



Today it's farmers market on Stora Torget, they started this morning at 10.00 and they will have their sheds open until 16.00 so go down and buy some nice delicatessen for your Friday Night :).