Cristian Razvan Belu - Köpenhamns universitet
Reseberättelse från Köpenhamn, Danmark
University of CopenhagenI can say that University of Copenhagen and Lund University are quite similar. They have approximately the same number of students. The classes are roughly the same size studentwise. Both have a similar approach when it comes to a number of matters, from teaching to duration/schedule of the classes. They are definitely more similar than different. Some differences reside probably in the schedule nevertheless. Lectures at University of Copenhagen take always place at the same time in the same day every week, whereas Lund University is finely tuned to have classes at different times from time to time. I found the Host University’s schedule a little bit better when it comes to organizing myself. Another striking difference had to do with the attitude of the professors during classes. I found that at the University of Copenhagen, at least during my three courses, is a bit more problematic to debate a particular issue during the lectures. At Lund we get more time to work together and to discuss and argue different issues whereas at the University of Copenhagen the professors have been more prone to just holding presentations about the particular subject that was the topic of the day. At both universities, there were a lot of chances to participate and to attend to various events hosted by the university itself. External presentation by guests followed by a debate were common
ArrivalDue to the fact that I have been living in Lund, I did not have a proper arrival. The introduction week was quite entertaining. The thing that was troublesome was the fact that I was invited to participate in different introductory meetings at more than one faculty and sometimes they had conflicting times. Nevertheless, I felt very welcome and the activities during the introduction week were engaging and refreshing.
CoursesAs I already mentioned, the study system is very similar. Except that in Sweden students tend to have more time for group work and for debating current issues. Everything was extremely professional nevertheless. You are expected to read beforehand. The curriculum was handed to us at the very beginning, together with the course schedule. We had time to prepare in advance different topics for discussion and the exams consisted mostly of oral examinations of 30 minutes where students were examined on the entire course and on
some individual or group rapports submitted prior to the examination. The grade scale consists of 7 different outcomes, ranging from 2 to 12.