The UISS was a fantastic experience for me. The staff and teachers really invest a lot of thought into how students will make the most of their time in Uppsala. The morning classes were set at a high level, and from the beginning we spoke only Swedish. Initially this seemed daunting, but it rapidly improved our conversational skills. The afternoon arts and performances classes balanced out the grammar from the morning, and it was a fun way to practice Swedish in a relaxed environment. Of course, there were many social events for us to mingle, including a crayfish party with Swedish songs. All in all, I believe UISS helped me to feel more confident in communicating in Swedish, and I’ve met some amazing students along the way.