Exchange report - incoming students
Home university: Universidad de Oviedo
Study programme: Medicine
Exchange programme: Erasmus
Semester: Autumn and spring semester 2011/2012
Name: Almudena Portilla Fernández
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Arrival and registration

When I arrived in KI, one of the things that most surprised me was how kind everyone was, taking care of me, trying to make sure that everything was perfect for me. But not only at the beginning but also during the full year, I was really impressed by how nice and welcoming everyone was towards us students. Teachers were always very close to us and KI invited us to several events (dinners, saunas..) along the year, in the different courses I took.


I consider I was very lucky in the accommodation issue as well, since I got to be provided a room in a student residence for the whole time. But as I said, I was a lucky one, because in fact, a lot of my friends there had a lot of problems with finding a stable place where to live, since they were given anything.

Leisure time and social activities

As I previously said, everyone in Sweden is really nice and kind. Everyone is willing to help you with anything, and to take care of you when needed.


I had wanted to participate in an Erasmus or any other exchange international program from the very first moment that I entered University. I have always thought that it is a great opportunity not only to get to know new people, how everything works in another country and learning or improving a foreign language, but also because I think it makes people maturate a lot and grow up psychically.

And why did I choose Stockholm and KI? I actually have quite a lot of reasons: because of KI's reputation and importance in the Biomedical world, it was an incredible opportunity for me to study for 10 months in such a prestigious institution; besides this, because I was very attracted by Northern Europe countries and I had heard very good comments about Stockholm in particular, another reason for my decision of going to Stockholm was the language as I would be able to take all my courses in English, which is the language that I was interested in improving the most.

Courses during the exchange period

D10X01 : Clinical medicine-emphasis on reproduction and development
4 month long course, the most intense one, but really good. A lot of hospital hours but also several lectures and seminars, where clinical cases where discussed. We were also allowed to do a lot of things at the hospital and participate on the patients examinations and on everything they had to undergo.
AT1X01 : Community and Home Based Rehabilitation - Cultural Perspectives
Did not participate
DVKX01 : Medical Development in Europe
This was the best course I could imagine. We were taken to Krakow and Cagliari with student from both cities (that also came to Stockholm on the first week of the course) in order to experience how Medicine and Medicine School works in other parts of Europe.
ELAXX6 : Surgery 1
2 weeks of anesthesiology, 1 week of general surgery, and 1 week of urology in Södersjukhuset where I was allowed to help the surgeons in the operations. It was a really good rotation from my point of view, since I'm specially interested in surgery.
ELA005 : Internal Medicine 1
Really good rotation where I spent two weeks in the Emergency service and another two weeks in the Kidney service, both in the KI Solna Hospital


This has been the first time I participate on an exchange program, and my time in Stockholm and KI have been the best experience. I'm sure going there was the best option since I got to learn a lot, and not only in medical aspect.

Language and Culture

I took the Swedish course KI offers for free for their International Students, so I got to learn some basis. But everyone speaks impressively good English in Sweden so actually I had no problem at all to manage in English with everyone.

Studies in general

When I started my courses in Stockholm I soon realized that Swedish way of studying is quite different to the Spanish one. Here in Spain everything is much more theorist, I spend just a few hours in the hospital every week for my practices but then study for the rest of the day. But in Stockholm I spent 8 hours per day in the hospital and was allowed to do so many things that I actually got to learn a lot more that with studying during all those hours.

It was really interesting experiencing this different, more practical way of learning, which I actually consider much better than the one I was used to.