Do I need to know Swedish to attend Holsby?
No – our entire Bible school program is run in English. English is also taught in schools in Sweden, so many Swedes are able to communicate in English. However, there will be opportunities for you to learn some simple Swedish words and phrases for use on outreaches and other excursions.
Where will I be living?
Female students live in our main building, Brunnsgården. This is a two-story wood building dating back to the early 1900s. The ground level houses our offices, library, computer room and dining hall. The women’s dormitory is located on the second level. From two to four students share each room, each of which are equipped with a sink and some with their own toilet. Showers and additional toilet facilities are located at the end of the hall.
Male students are usually housed in another building on our campus called Ekhaga. A wood two-story dormitory built in the 1880s, each room in Ekhaga sleeps two to four students. The rooms all have sinks, with showers and toilet facilities down the hall. Ekhaga also houses the Holsby weight room.
All the rooms at Holsby are made up with bunk beds and drawer or closet space provided for each student. Laundry facilities are located in the basement of Brunnsgården.
What is the average age of the students?
Most of our students will have recently graduated from either high school (North America) or gymnasium (Europe). Therefore, they are around 18 – 21 years old. However, every year we have several students who have already graduated from university and have started their careers.
What are daily duties?
Duties, such as washing dishes, cleaning, trash removal, laundry etc. are part of the daily routine at Holsby. Friday mornings are reserved for more thorough cleaning, as well as campus grounds and maintenance projects.
Is there Internet access?
If you bring a laptop, wireless Internet access will be available at certain locations and at certain times of the day. The computer room is also equipped with desktop computers, where students can work on assignments, access the Internet, write emails etc.
What is the weather like?
During the school year, temperatures can range from -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) in the middle of the winter to +25 C (77 F) in the beginning or end of the school year. However, it is rare that it gets that cold or that warm. Usually the temperature will be somewhere between -5 C to +10 C (23 to 50 F).
Check out the current forecast online.
Is there a dress code?
Attire at Holsby is casual, with an emphasis on being modest, neat and clean.
What about entertainment at Holsby such as movies and music?
Our desire is to create an environment where students can pull back from the noise and distractions of this world and be given a chance to hear what God wants to say. We ask that music be played at a volume that allows for normal conversation and not be a disturbance to others. Students are asked not to watch movies, but occasional movie nights are planned by the student social committee.
What are the meals like? Is there a cafeteria?
We have an excellent kitchen staff that serves delicious, creative meals. Breakfast, lunch and supper are served in our dining hall in the main building. Lunch is our main meal, prepared fresh each day. Meals are served “family style” at tables for six. Sweets, soft drinks and other extras are available at the “Bik” – the on-campus snack shop.
How do I do laundry?
Laundry facilities are located in the basement of our main building, Brunnsgården. Student laundry tickets are included in the cost of the school fees. Laundry is done by assigned students as part of daily duties.
What about free time?
Students have afternoons free Monday through Friday, with the exception of Tuesday. Weekends are also free with scheduled worship services on Sunday.
When does the weekend begin and what are some of my options?
Students have free time from Friday after lunch through Sunday except for worship services and family group (Sunday evening). Some students may also be involved in weekend outreaches. Weekends are a good time to relax or catch up on assignments, sleep etc.
Are there opportunities to travel and see other parts of Sweden?
Four-day travel weekends (Thursday through Sunday) are scheduled, one each term, for those who want to travel around Sweden. Some students may choose to stay on campus and take time to relax.
Is there a place nearby to buy groceries and toiletries?
Holsby is located approximately ten kilometers outside the town of Vetlanda, which has several grocery stores, a pharmacy, banks, clothing stores, cafés, restaurants and other shopping. The bus stop for the ride into town is an easy 15-minute walk from campus and bikes are available for a small rental fee. Weekly shuttles are usually offered for a small fee.