“My Erasmus term at the Faculty of Pharmacy was simply the best”


"I will never forget all the wonderful friends and memories I made in Uppsala", says Henrike Lawrence, student of pharmacy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, that recently returned home from an Erasmus term at Uppsala University’s Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.

Henrike Lawrence, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Henrike Lawrence, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

So, what is Uppsala compared to Bavaria's finest?
Wow, Uppsala has so many things to offer and a great number of student activities. It has never been easier making so many new friends, there is always an event somewhere and everyone makes you feel welcome.

What made you apply for an internship at Uppsala University?
In Germany, pharmacy is one of few academic subjects where you pursue a “State-exam” instead of a bachelor or master's degree. Without going into detail, this can be somewhat tricky if you want to study abroad, but with a little help, I was able to find a lab project at the Faculty of Pharmacy, which was simply the best thing that could happen to me.

What accommodation did you have during your stay in Uppsala?
I chose student housing, which turned out to be very international and a lot of fun. I knew that Uppsala was a small town with a big university, famous for its concept of Student Nations – and it suited me just perfect.

Did you have time to experience Sweden beyond pharmacy labs and student life?
Absolutely, Sweden is a great country for a student exchange. It is so easy to get around even if you don't speak any Swedish. Being a big fan of the outdoors, I did a lot of hiking, skiing and weekend-travels with the other exchange students.

Any advice to all students considering an exchange at the Faculty of Pharmacy?
Don’t worry if you should ever experience any challenges, you’ll figure everything out and it is definitely worth every possible effort!

So your recommendation is Go For It
Definitely! In these few months, I learned so much and I grew a lot as a person. I will never forget all the wonderful friends and memories I made in Uppsala.



​Christina Wedén, LecturerChristina Wedén, Lecturer
Dep. of Pharmaceutical Biosciences

text: Magnus Alsne, photo: private, Mikael Wallerstedt

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Last modified: 2024-04-04