Megan Siew (left) and fellow exchange students take a break while on tour to the resort town of Marstrand.
Megan Siew (left) and fellow exchange students take a break while on tour to the resort town of Marstrand.

Gothenburg becomes Macquarie student’s exchange playground

Macquarie student Megan Siew, who is doing a Bachelor of Business Administration with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce – Professional Accounting, went on exchange to the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and discovered the campus city was her playground.

“What comes to mind when you think of Sweden? Vikings? IKEA? ABBA? No amount of fervent reading of Swedish blogs, articles and travel guides was enough to prepare me for the brilliant exchange experience Sweden had in store for me.

My exchange city, Gothenburg, is defined by its small big city vibe: big enough to provide a cool city buzz but small enough to still feel cosy. Gothenburg University’s campus is the entire city, with buildings nestled around the heart of the city. This made it effortless to experience what the city had to offer: beautiful forest and parks (the Swedes love nature), range of cosy cafes, and the archipelago a stone’s throw away.

There was something new to do every week. My favourite was a free community street game, where you had to race to checkpoints located across the city without being caught – while dressed in Halloween costume. The city is truly your playground.

Along the way you will meet people from all over the world, who will become your cherished friends, and you will make unforgettable memories. No other opportunity will give you an adventure like an exchange. A chance to live a student life abroad (funded by a most generous travel grant – thanks Macquarie!) and experience authentic culture for six months is not to be missed. I was definitely nervous about taking on the biggest travel experience of my life but it has been nothing but amazingly enriching. If you have the opportunity to go on exchange, take it!”


Macquarie students are encouraged to add international exchange or short-term international study to their degrees. Find out where you can go and how the University supports you with a generous travel grant scheme.

In the Bachelor of Business Administration with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce – Professional Accounting, you’ll study important business areas including marketing, management, statistics, computing and human resource management. You’ll also prepare to practise as an accountant by studying techniques and elements of finance, management, microeconomics and auditing.