Let’s go to an exchange!

Exchange studies through Karolinska Institutet

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After some weeks of being absent from the social networks due to exams, assignments and all this stuff that Master students have to do by time to time… here I post my next video!

This is a short video about a conference that was carried out at Karolinska Institutet a couple of weeks ago about students’ Exchange Studies experiences. In this conference, some of the actual KI students presented their adventures during last year international exchanges.

Spending a couple of months studying abroad is a great opportunity that KI students have during their Bachelor and Master Programmes. Karolinska Institutet has exchange agreements with Universities from all over the world. In this video you can see some of the possible destinations and for further information about Exchange Studies at KI you can also visit this page at the KI website:


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Lungwena Health Centre

Lungwena Health Centre
Lungwena is situated some 25 km north-east of Mangochi, and holds a Health Centre for the local community. Two nurses, clinical officers and a few other staff work at Lungwena with basic health care (vårdcentral) and there is also a delivery room that takes approximately 6 births per day.
Delivery ward

Mangochi District Hospital

During our visit to Blantyre, we were also able to visit Mangochi District Hospital.
Mangochi District Hospital
The Mangochi District Hospital is an affiliated hospital to College of Medicine (COM). It is situated just south of Lake Malawi, and normally it is a 3 hrs drive north of Blantyre. It is estimated that almost 1 million people live in the Mangochi region. The region is considered to be poor, it has a low rate of highly educated people and a high number of persons living with HIV.
Mangochi District Hospital
The hospital has ca 350 beds, and the 4th year students from COM spend a month during their education here, during their education in community health. To stay a period at Mangochi is recommended for both teachers and students that visit Malawi.
A beach at Lake Malawi

The College of Medicine, University of Malawi

Sign University of Malawi

The College of Medicine (COM) of the University of Malawi started in 1991. It is a five-year long MBBS programme, based on an integrated curriculum. During the 4th and 5th year, students carry out rotations in different departments, at different lenghts. The rotations are spent at the hospitals in Blantyre, Lilongwe and also at the District Hospital in Mangochi.

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) is the largest hospital in Blantyre (900 beds) and the main referral hospital for the southern region of Malawi. There is a quite newly built and well-stocked library on campus, where there are computer rooms and study areas. Seeking help for illness is free of charge for patients that come to QECH and they also receive free medicine if it is available at the hospital’s pharmacy.

The library at COM

Arrival to Blantyre

Yellow fever vaccination card

Before travelling to Malawi, make sure that you have your Yellow Fever Vaccination card with you. It will be requested upon arrival at the immigrations at the airport. You should also remember to bring malaria prophylaxis. As of 1 October 2015, a visa is required before entering the country. You can apply for a visa in advance at an Embassy or High Commission to Malawi, but it is also possible to apply for the visa upon arrival, which we did (cost U$75 for Swedish residents). A taxi from the airport to the city centre will cost you around U$25 (local currency Malawian kwacha 15 000).

The hot season in Malawi is just about to end, being followed by the rainy season. The rainy season normally lasts from November to March, with heavy rains and daily temperatures with an average of +24C. Some twenty minutes after landing, there were lightning and heavy thunders but so far the rain is absent and it is very humid here.