Student experiences - Sweden

Sofia Eriksson - MB ChB Medicine

Sofia ErikssonMaking the big decision as to which university to choose was difficult sitting back home in Sweden. I knew I wanted to read medicine and I knew I wanted to study in England but I didn’t know very much about the universities. But sometimes you get a gut feeling about something - and that’s how I felt about Bristol after a little bit of research.

The University of Bristol turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be. Bristol is a beautiful city with old historical buildings; it is a vibrant city full of greenery and friendly people and the university facilities are modern and well equipped. The amount of extra-curricular activities that is offered is great – there is something for every kind of person. I myself enrolled into the Scandinavian Society and am currently the vice president. This has been a lot of fun and it has enabled me to meet people not only from Scandinavia, but from all over the world. It also helped me get over initial home sickness when coming from abroad as getting involved in a society is a great way to get to know people with similar interests and to experience fun activities and nights out.

As I do medicine, I spend a lot of my time in the lecture theatres and the lecturers are all respected doctors and researchers. What makes the University of Bristol a great place to study medicine at is the early patient contact one gets and the focus on not just clinical medicine but also the human aspects of medicine. This will enable me to leave Bristol a more all-rounded doctor.

Being a student in Bristol is wonderful and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who likes to combine hard study with lots of fun and making life-long friends.

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