In general, the school is good and much bigger than what we are used to in Sweden. You find all the necessary things on campus, such as ATM: s, shops, food with more. You have bigger grocery stores and shopping malls outside campus. Bloemfontein as a town isn’t the funniest in the world, but you can always rent a car and go somewhere else during your free time. =) Cabs are very affordable and we used them a lot. An advice is to get a South African sim-card so you can make calls instead of running around looking for Wi-Fi as it is expensive in South Africa.
Now to the serious part. South Africa is a country with many cultural differences and the population is still today segregated of what happened in the past and many suffer of poverty. I don’t want to frighten you but the crime rate is high and is something you should take seriously. If you want to maximize your chances of not being a victim, you should always be aware of your surroundings and which areas, you are in. Don’t leave campus by foot when it is dark outside and never go alone. Take the safe before the unsafe and you will be alright. =)
The good part is that South Africa is amazing. The people are very friendly and are more than willingly to help you. It was easy to make friends, and doing things aren’t that expensive. The nature is beautiful and there is so much to see. You will experience both the good and bad parts of the country.
For me it truly was an adventure and one of the best things I have done in my life. I definitely recommend anyone to go. So what are you waiting for. Apply now! =)
Nursing student Samuel Larsson
School of health and welfare, Jönköping