Exchange report - incoming students
Home university: University of Malawi
Study programme: Midwifery
Exchange programme: Linnaeus-Palme
Semester: Spring semester 2018/2019

Arrival and registration

Arrival at KI

Upon arrival, we had challenges with the pick-up service. We were expecting to be picked up at the Airport by the students’ representative for the pickup service as requested, unfortunately, we were lately communicated that the student will no longer be able to pick us up due to some communication disjuncture that we had lately. We found the introduction day to be good, for we were welcomed, given verbal clarification on some issues and a schedule for the whole 3 months Exchange study period was provided to us. We were also given some warm clothes which helped us cope with the winter. The contact with the student health center personnel smooth as we were warmly welcomed and oriented to the student health programs. We were given information on the various tests to be done.




The housing arrangement was very good as we were timely communicated to apply for the accommodation. We applied through the University Accommodation Center and it was granted to us. The standard of housing was of good quality and the cost was fair. 

Leisure time and social activities

Social life in Sweden and at KI

During our stay in Sweden, we participated in a number of social activities for example, participating in an international dinner. We found this to be good and refreshing. A certain Swedish midwife also invited us to a dinner at her house which was very amazing. We made a few Swedish friends who managed to show us around Sweden.




An opportunity to undergo an exchange study programme a Karolinska institute was available at our University, as such we were selected to undergo such and we consented. We came to KI due to the partnership that is there between Karolinska Institutet and our University; the University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing. The exchange information given by KI and our home university concerning the exchange study was well detailed and timely communicated. This helped us to be more organized and prepared. When coming for the exchange study, we were not required to be vaccinated or bring any health certificate. However, upon arrival in Sweden, we underwent MRSA and Tuberculosis tests.

Courses during the exchange period

2EE109 : Clinical Rotation and Project work within Midwifery
During our exchange period, we took the course " Project work and clinical rotation in Midwifery". The clinical rotation was nice as it was properly scheduled. We gained new knowledge, skills and attitudes which will improve our practice. These clinical rotations took place at Karolinska University Hospital, Solders Hospital, and other primary care centers. We also learned a lot from our individual projects. Every qualified Midwife supervising us was willing to teach and assist us in achieving our objectives. This made our clinical practice more productive.


Our Swedish exchange study has been of great impact. We learnt a lot, experienced a lot of new things, made new friends and greatly enjoyed our whole exchange study period.


Language and Culture


Language was a barrier throughout our stay in Sweden. We had not attended the language course due to other reasons. Fortunately, throughout our exchange study period, necessary interpretations were done especially at the hospital and we learnt common necessary words through other conversations which helped us a lot.

Studies in general

Studies-in general

We have had such a wonderful study time here. The study environment was accommodative, motivative and all study resources were readily available. Our relationship with our supervisors and patients was impressing. They were ready to assist us during our practice. The patients also consented for us to do our practice. We had theoretical knowledge which was further reinforced by the clinical placements we had. The difference between KI and our home university is that KI has got free Library printing services whilst at our University, we pay for printing services. Most of the services are the same. The organization of the study programmes was good and we recommend a continuation of such for it saves time and gives more clarity on the goals and objectives of a particular course or activity. We have learnt various new skills and principles during our clinical practice. This has boosted our competence and attitude towards patient care. Our scientific writing skills have also been perfected through the research project that we were given.


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