Cambodian scholarship student shares what its like to study in Sweden during the pandemic

What do you know about life and studies in Sweden for a Cambodian? Meet Ms. Muy Hung, a Swedish scholarship holder!

Hung Muy is one of 11 Cambodians who in 2020 went to Sweden to study master programmes through different scholarships.

“Being selected for a Swedish Institute scholarship is indeed one of the greatest gifts. My first semester at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University has come to an end. It has been both fun and challenging.

The education is very student-centred, and students are given a lot of freedom ranging from expressing ourselves to designing our own self-learning schedule outside of required classes. With freedom often comes a lot of discipline. I have to read, read, read, and write! Learning also goes way beyond classroom. Despite being constrained by the COVID-19 situation, both the Swedish Institute Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) and Lund university have been continuously organizing various online interactive events to make sure students get the most out of their stay in Sweden.

It is not so easy being in completely different climate, social and cultural setting, but that is how we learn and grow. Life in general has changed in so many expected and unexpected ways – slower pace, more time for reflection and exploration and so much of grocery shopping! Every day, I make countless big and small decisions. One of the hardest is probably: what should I eat? That really makes me understand how hard it was for my mother. I could write a thousand-word essay about my experience for the past 22 weeks, but in short, I am just delighted that I am here living this dreamy reality, and this would not be happening without the Swedish Institute scholarship. The people are nice, and the view is breath-taking. Don’t believe me? Come and see yourself what Sweden has to offer! The window of opportunity to acquire both hard and interpersonal skills is waiting for you to open.To learn more about SI scholarship opportunities, visit here:

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