As a student researching about DIS, one of the most enticing aspects of this program was the amount of travel time allotted. One of these trips is Core Course week, also known as the Short Study Tour. This post is meant to explain more on how this all works, as it’s not often in american universities that you travel with your class.
Core Course Week encompasses 5 days with which you travel with your core course, mine being Affective Neuroscience. This means everything revolves around your main studies (no other courses that week!). Here’s how it goes:
THE BREAKDOWN (for my course at least, more of a broad view):
9 am- travel by train to Gothenburg (a highly underrated city, great place to visit)
12 pm – arrive in Gothenburg and travel to our hostel (more like a hotel really, located easily downtown)
12:30 – get lunch and explore!
2ish – Canal boat tour, where we explored the waterways of Gothenburg and all it’s amazing history. Should be noted that we were very lucky in missing the permanent rainy weather of Gothenburg. Instead it was sunshine and rainbows for the whole day!
Free time/ nap time…zzz
6 ish – Improv workshop, something all of us were very nervous about. No one in our class had done it before. But, it ended up being a great bonding experience for the class and had people on the floor laughing by the end. The reason why we did an improv lesson was to discuss the role of fake emotions in life and how emotions are recognized between people.
7:45 – A traditional dinner of Swedish meat balls with lingonberries and mashed potatoes! (I hadn’t had a chance yet to try this so I was super excited, definitely passed all expectations)
Tuesday summed up for length purposes:
8:30am – Breakfast at the Hostel
10-4 pm – Gothenburg University. We attended 3 different lectures on different affective disorders, taught by well-renowned researchers at the university. Even got a chance to visit their zebra fish lab, where they are studying Oxytocin as a social-based neurotransmitter and it’s role in Autism spectrum disorder.
6:30 – Dinner at BouleBar, a french restaurant where we had a three course dinner and then played Boule. Boule is a french game similar to curling and bowling, which we spent laughing as we competed against each other in an effort to win the tournament. (My team lost, though we were outmatched with our french professor, a master of the game, on the other team)
Wednesday (last day in Gothenburg):
8:30am – Breakfast at the Hostel
9:30 – Music Therapy Workshop. We discussed the use of music and physio therapy as a treatment for psychosis.
12:30pm – Lunch at an Italian restaurant (the name of which escapes me)
2 – ESCAPE ROOM, My first time ever doing one and a great way to finish out the trip.
3- Free time before heading to the train station. A group of us tracked down a great bubble tea place, that happened to be located in a Chinese furniture store?
5:30- Back on the train to Stockholm!
The following two days were spent with guest lecturers at DIS and a visit to a Karolinska Institute research lab at which our professor works. We talked with some of her colleagues and had the chance to test out a few techniques used in their Autism studies.
On Friday afternoon, we all made presentations in groups about an affective disorder we had learned about that week. In this way, core course is a balance between academic exposure, social activities, and travel.