VIS Survival Guide Spring 2015

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<ul><li><p>1 </p><p>i </p></li><li><p>1 </p><p> Vlkommen till VIS! 1 </p><p>The Board 2 </p><p>VIS and ESN 3 </p><p>The Committees 4 </p><p>VIS Office 5 </p><p>VIS Activities Spring 2015 6 </p><p>Activities, Trips and Refunds 9 </p><p>Linnstudenterna 9 </p><p>A SIM Card and a Smart Card 11 </p><p>What is a Nation? 11 </p><p>and a Sittning? 12 </p><p>So Where do I go to Party? 12 </p><p>Im Starving! 13 </p><p>Keep Fit, Stay Healthy 14 </p><p>Getting To and From Campus 15 </p><p>A Place to Study 16 </p><p>In Case of Emergency 17 </p><p>Some Necessary Swedish 17 </p><p>The Ultimate Campus Map 18 </p><p>Welcome to VIS one of the biggest student associations at Linnaeus University, run by students from campus Vxj! We </p><p>are a non-profit organization with the aim to ease the integration of international students and facilitate the contact </p><p>with Swedish students through cultural and social activities. </p><p>VIS organises trips, sport activities, and parties as well as shorter daytrips and activities. We want to give you the </p><p>chance to experience the Swedish and regional culture and participate in Swedish traditions. Simply put: we want to make </p><p>the best out of your stay here in Vxj. </p><p>By giving you this booklet we hope to sort out some of the questions you might have. </p><p> We know you will have a great time here and that you will </p><p>create memories for life from your stay here in Vxj and at the Linnaeus University. We hope you will feel welcome and we are looking forward to having you with us as a member of </p><p>VIS Vxj International Students! </p><p>For more information online: Webpage: </p><p>E-mail: Facebook: Vxj International Students (VIS) </p></li><li><p>2 </p><p>Alex Bakardjiev </p><p>President </p><p>Mai Hrwell </p><p>Vice President </p><p>Patrik Henriksson </p><p>Treasurer </p><p>Hristo H. Jossifov </p><p>Vice Tresurer </p><p>Mandy Gdeke </p><p>Secretary </p><p>Emma Carlson </p><p>Activity Committee Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Josefin Ceder </p><p>Media Committee Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Marcel Ritsema </p><p>Sport Committee Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Rebecca Hwing </p><p>Booking and Facilities Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Martin Westman </p><p>External Relations Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Ryan Everson </p><p>Slottsstallarna Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Rami </p><p>Buddy Committee Coordinator </p><p> </p></li><li><p>3 </p><p>VIS is a part of Erasmus Student Network (ESN). This is the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe, founded in 1989 for supporting and developing student </p><p>exchange. ESN is present in 460 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries. </p><p> ESN is operating on three levels, Local, National and </p><p>International. VIS is a local section in the ESN network participating in national, regional and international meetings in order to improve cooperation, exchange and work within </p><p>the network. </p><p>ESN; works in the interest of international students. works to improve the social and practical integration of international students. represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national and international level. provides relevant information about mobility programs. motivates students to study abroad. works with the reintegration of homecoming students. contributes to the improvement and accessibility of Student mobility. cares about its members. values volunteering and active citizenship. For more information visit or </p><p>Karin Si </p><p>International Student Coordinator </p><p> </p><p>Timothy Daniel </p><p>Info/Web </p></li><li><p>4 </p><p>Being a part of a committee is a great opportunity to get an insight into the work of VIS and you will meet a lot of fun people! If you feel like you </p><p>want to get involved and get to know a lot of people quickly, committee work is for you. Either email us at the e-mail addresses below or come </p><p>see us at the VIS Evening! </p><p>Activity Committee </p><p>The Activity Committee organises different activities throughout the semester. In the past such activities have </p><p>included a Gothenburg Trip, curling and Swedish night. As a part of the activity committee you will also help out </p><p>on activities organised by the VIS board this can include going as a leader on different activities and help out at </p><p>sign-ups. If you are interested in joining the Activity Committee please send an email to Emma at </p><p>Buddy Committee The VIS Buddy Committee is responsible for recruiting buddies for the new incoming students, as well as organising events where the buddies are involved. If you think this sounds interesting for you, or if you simply want more information, contact Rami at Media Committee The Media Committee is responsible for all visual material that VIS distributes. This includes making movies for different VIS event, designing the cover pages for the Facebook page and trips, and taking pictures at events and on trips. If you have some good ideas, want to become a part as a photographer, videographer or graphic designer, or just want some further information, feel free to send an email to Josefin at Sports Committee The VIS Sport Committee helps out and plans different sports events during the semester. On Saturdays they organize Sports Saturdays where you can play a range of sports at Olympen Trningscenter right on campus. As a part of this Committee you will help out at these events as well as bigger events organised by VIS. New ideas are always welcome and if you want to contribute and be a part of this committee, please send an email to Marcel at Hope to see you in one of our committees this semester! </p></li><li><p>5 </p><p>The VIS office is situated in Tufvan on the 2nd floor (see map on the last page). The office is open Tuesdays between </p><p>11AM 1PM. Smaller sign ups are held at the office. </p><p>We are here to help you with any questions you may have. If you want to buy a membership or pick up a refund from a trip, </p><p>this is also the place to go. </p><p>The VIS Membership </p><p>A membership for VIS costs 50 SEK for one semester. If you are not a member you can purchase a temporary membership for 30 SEK/activity or 50SEK for a longer trip. As you can see, a full </p><p>membership pays off quickly! </p><p>As a member of VIS, you can attend all the activities that VIS offers. You will also get your own ESN card. This member card should be brought to all our sign ups, events and trips. Once in the members directory you will receive regular updates when we have sign ups and when events are planned. The card also </p><p>offers benefits! </p><p>International Relations Office If you have questions about changing courses, introduction </p><p>meetings, or applying for a degree you turn to the staff at the International Relations Office </p><p>at the University. You can find them either in the H building or </p><p>at </p></li><li><p>6 </p><p>City Gross Shopping Trip </p><p>18/1 </p><p>Come with us and get all the essential </p><p>items your new apartment needs! The </p><p>trip goes to both City Gross and Media </p><p>Markt, and is an excellent opportunity </p><p>to find out where the big stores are in </p><p>Vxj. </p><p>VIS Evening </p><p>20/1 </p><p>This is your first opportunity to get to know VIS properly! </p><p>Buy your membership card, snag a ticket for one of our </p><p>many trips, and get to know the board. </p><p>Our committees will also be attending to let you know </p><p>what it takes to get involved in VIS yourself! </p><p>IKEA Trip </p><p>23/1 </p><p>If your apartment is looking a little empty (even despite all </p><p>the food you got at City Gross!) this is the trip for you. Get </p><p>to know the Swedish giant at its birthplace in lmhult, </p><p>stock up on furniture that comes in flat packages, and </p><p>enjoy the cheapest meal of meatballs youve ever tasted. </p><p>Isaberg Ski Trip </p><p>30/1 </p><p>A day in the slopes! </p><p>Join the sports committee on their day </p><p>trip to Isaberg. If you dont have any </p><p>equipment, dont worry you can </p><p>choose to include rental in your ticket. </p><p>Stockholm </p><p>12/2-15/2 </p><p>Take the chance to experience the Swedish capital like it </p><p>should be experienced. Museums, a visit to the castle, </p><p>clubbing, good food, better company, and enough free </p><p>time to roam around and discover the city on your own. </p><p>Welcome Dinner </p><p>TB </p><p>Settle in properly and meet new friends </p><p>over a meal! Get to know what VIS is </p><p>and how VIS does, and get to know the </p><p>people youll spend the next 4 months </p><p>with at the same time. Could it be any </p><p>simpler? </p></li><li><p>7 </p><p>Lapland </p><p>6/3-14/3 </p><p>Take a trip to Finland to experience the </p><p>true north! Everything that is typical </p><p>Scandinavia you will find here. </p><p>If youre lucky you may even get to see the </p><p>northern lights! </p><p>Moose and Glass </p><p>11/4 </p><p>Get to know the locals! </p><p>Take a day trip to the Glass Kingdom and learn how </p><p>glassblowing is done. Then take a break from the heat, </p><p>get out into the woods and get to know the king of the </p><p>forests. </p><p>ESN Sea Battle </p><p>12/4-15/4 </p><p>The legendary cruise with over 2000 exchange students </p><p>from all over Sweden! Organised by our mother </p><p>organisation ESN, this non-stop party trip from </p><p>Stockholm to Tallinn is not to be missed. </p><p>St. Petersburg </p><p>22/4-28/4 </p><p>Difficult to get a visa to visit Russia? Not for </p><p>VIS! Join us on the visa-free trip east to </p><p>breathe in the culture by day and then </p><p>dance the night away. A stopover in </p><p>Helsinki is included! </p><p>Norway </p><p>7/5-10/5 </p><p>Visit Swedens neighboring county and </p><p>experience nature close up. Paddling in kayaks </p><p>or hiking on glaciers? After this trip you </p><p>can brag that youve been there, done that! </p></li><li><p>8 </p><p>Sport Saturday </p><p>Every Saturday! </p><p>Sweat out the stress from the week at our </p><p>sport Saturdays! Play a range of sports </p><p>each week and meet new friends (and </p><p>teammates). Rumor has it therell even be </p><p>a water fight at the end of term </p><p>Goodbye Dinner </p><p>30/5 </p><p>Finish the term as it started: with a kickass </p><p>dinner! Remember those people that you </p><p>met four months ago and didnt know who </p><p>they were? Theyre still here. Probably next </p><p>to you. Saying YOU KNOW IM GOING TO </p><p>VISIT! </p></li><li><p>9 </p><p> When you sign up for an event or trip, it is your own </p><p>responsibility to make sure that you take part of all the information given to you before the trip. Add Vxj ISevents on Facebook in order to get invited to all the events and get all the necessary information! It is also your own responsibility to </p><p>make sure you do not miss (or that you can make up for) school work. </p><p> When paying for trips, always bring your VIS card. </p><p> Sometimes there are many members that want to sign up </p><p>for trips and activities; therefore we only allow you to buy one ticket at the first sign up. This means that if you have a friend </p><p>who cannot be at a sign up, you cannot buy a ticket for him/her. The only solution is to find someone who doesnt </p><p>plan to go on the activity him/herself and have them buy the ticket. At the second sign up you can sign up for as many </p><p>tickets as you want. </p><p>We will only be able to refund your ticket if there is a waiting list, and only maximum two weeks before the event. Send the person responsible for the trip an e-mail and they will </p><p>contact the next person on the waiting list. Any questions regarding refunds in general please contact the </p><p>Vice Treasurer at </p><p> Linnstudenterna is the student union for students studying at Linnaeus University. A student union is a student organization </p><p>working for the wellbeing of students. </p><p>The most important task for Linnstudenterna is to ensure that the education offered at the university maintains a high quality and that the students (= you) are represented in the </p><p>decisive organs at the university. They can also help with student rights and accommodation. </p><p> Linnstudenterna also works to provide student discounts, guidance regarding accommodation, counseling on studies, </p><p>initiating cooperation with the business world and the cities of Kalmar and Vxj, as well as creating meetings </p><p>points for students, whether it is pub evenings, lectures or introduction activities. </p><p> You are welcome to them when/if you have questions that </p><p>are related to your studies and everyday life. We have offices both in Kalmar and in Vxj. For office hours and contact </p><p>information visit our website; </p><p>Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the English flag for information in English. </p></li><li><p>10 </p><p>Our staff in Vxj Your foremost contact person at Linnstudenterna is the </p><p>International Student Coordinator. She guides international students in social and practical matters and is also, together </p><p>with the International Relations Office, responsible for organizing the orientation/ introduction. As you most likely </p><p>know, she is also in charge of the buddy program. </p><p>If you have any questions, contact Karin at </p><p> Linnstudenterna also has a Studentombud (like a </p><p>counsel) whom you are welcome to visit if you have any questions related to what you are studying, experience </p><p>problems with a teacher or a tutor, or feel discriminated against. Contact the Studentombud at 0470-755455 or </p><p> </p><p>The Friend Family project is also run by Linnstudenterna. The project matches international students </p><p>with local families. Want to know more? Contact the Friend Family Coordinator at 0470-755454 or </p><p> </p><p> Studentkortet </p><p>As a member of Linnstudenterna you are entitled to several benefits. The membership fee is currently 150SEK per </p><p>semester. You find the membership benefits and the discounts on our website. You are also granted admission to the student </p><p>pubs in Vxj and in Kalmar that are for members of Linnstudenterna only. </p><p> Once you have paid the membership fee you will receive </p><p>your membership card. The membership card looks like this: </p><p>Read more at </p><p>How do I become a member? Visit the office of Linnstudenterna at Tufvan! Its the same </p><p>house as VISs offices. You can also email for more information. </p>mailto:studcoord@linnestudenterna.semailto:studentombud@linnestudenterna.semailto:friendfamily@linnestudenterna.se</li><li><p>11 </p><p>SIM Card In your welcome package, you have received a SIM card from Telenor. This is a gift to help you connect with your </p><p>friends in Sweden and in your home country at a low price. Further instructions for how to use the card is presented in the </p><p>brochure that came with the card. </p><p>Mecenat All students at Linnaeus University will receive a national </p><p>student card from the company Mecenat. This card proves your student status. This card can be used as an access card to </p><p>enter the university at night and on weekends. </p><p>There are some discounts connected to the card, but please note that the card doesnt offer the same benefits as the </p><p>student union membership card. </p><p>This card is provided in the welcome package that is given to you upon arrival. To activate the access card, go to the </p><p>information desk in the H building. </p><p> A nation is a kind of student club, usually associated with...</p></li></ul>