The majority of the international students are exchange students. 23 are paying master students and about 50 study at the Luleå University as a part of Erasmus Mundus (including 17 at the Skellefteå campus).
– A university is an international environment. It is great to welcome students from all around the world to us. It is of great value for us to meet people from other parts of our increasingly globalized world, says John Sterte, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
The welcome week for the international students began this Monday with speeches by the Vice-Chancellor, representatives from the student unions, student services, church on campus, library and STUK.
– We also have an academic workshop twice a day, with information about what it's like to study at Luleå University of Technology, as well as practical issues like exams and insurances, says Marcus Skårman, International Coordinator at Luleå University of Technology.
Students involved in the Luleå University Reception Committee, LURC, volunteers to meet the international students at the airport and train station and help them with transportation to their new homes.
LURC has also put together a program for the first week, with activities, parties, a city tour and a trip to the mighty rapids in Storforsen.
Why have you chosen to study in Luleå?
Lisa Veltman, 23, from Leeuwarden, Holland, will be studying the master program in composite materials:
– Luleå is the only place that has the education that I want: A specific master programme in composite materials. I was very happy to find out that Luleå is far north, since I love winter! I am a speed skater and I like downhill skiing.
Sebastian Gerstberger, 21, from Berlin, Germany, will be studying mechanical engineering:
– Because of the winter! I love downhill skiing and wanted to go to a place where there’s real winters. I want snow and to see the northern lights. I am in Luleå thanks to the Erasmus exchange programme.
Anna Port, 21, from Augsburg, Germany, will be studying industrial and management engineering:
– Luleå University of Technology is a partner university to the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, where I study. I wanted to study abroad to see something new and I have never been in Sweden before. In Luleå I can continue my combined studies in engineering and economics.