When we arrived to the airport in Bloemfontein the University had organized a shuttle to take us to campus. Before I knew that campus was huge, but I wasn’t prepared how huge it was. Me and Fanny shared a double room at a girl residence called Harmony. The boys stayed at Kovsie Inn and had single rooms. At Harmony you live in a corridor and share bathroom and kitchen. The building is one of the newest at campus and in well condition. We enjoyed our stay there and everyone was very helpful and polite at Harmony. It’s a safe place to stay at. The University placed us at Harmony and solved everything out with the accommodation before we arrived, so we didn’t need to think of where to stay by yourself. As a total I paid around +- 10000kr for the accommodation.
The school system is different compared to JU. As a total we had two courses at the same time during the semester, Psychiatry (theory and practical) and Psychology. We read the Psychiatry course with the 4th years nursing students and the Psychology course was a mix of students from other programs. We had three smaller test during the semester in each course, and a final exam in November. In the Psychiatry course we also had 6 weeks of practical + 1 week in Trompsburg. We spent two weeks at a day care for intellectual disabled children and adults, two weeks at a private psychiatric ward and two weeks at a psychiatric ward owned by the government. At the practical placements you will see and learn a lot, and also be creative since there is a lack of resources in the community. You will also be grateful in the end how fantastic the health care in Sweden is. The week in Trompsburg you are going to help out with health screenings in primary and secondary schools, and do some home visits at diabetes patients in poverty areas. The teachers we had during our lectures and those lecturers who worked at the nursing school were so helpful and easygoing with us.