Mark - KTH Royal Institute of Technology

B Electrical Engineering
Semester 2, 2016

Academic experience

I studied the Swedish language course as well as three courses relevant to my degree. These were Principles of Wireless Sensor Networks, Digital Signal Processing and Image and Video Processing. The academic system is slightly different there in the fact that the courses would run in either the first half or second half of a semester, so I only ever had two subjects running at the same time. This made it much easier to study in my opinion. At first it was difficult to get used to the system of the uni but after a while everything became easy.

Personal experience

I met a lot of people over there, some Swedish but a lot of international students as KTH is very popular for exchanges. So I now have good contact with people from France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and many more. And knowing these people I also learned fragments of all their languages which could come in useful later. I also managed to visit quite a lot of the countries in Europe, and even got to spend a week in the Arctic Circle where I saw the Northern Lights, which was incredible.

Accommodation 

I lived off campus in a student community called Lappkärrsberget (or Lappis as most people called it.) This was a great place to live because there were always people around to do things with and it was never boring. As far as advice goes, search for housing as soon as you possibly can, but also be careful and get all the details first, as to avoid scam.

Budget 

In Sweden, things are quite expensive compared to other places in Europe, however, it's roughly equivalent to prices in Australia. My rent was roughly $150 per week which is actually quite reasonable. The transport system in Stockholm is very well put together, buses, metros and trains all run off the same system, and for a student, this would cost about $80 a month. Traveling to other countries in Europe is really easy and it's usually easy to find cheap transport options.

Professional development and employability 

The biggest skill I developed that contributes to my professional development is my social adequacy. I became much more confident with meeting new people and generating a flowing conversation, which will no doubt be of great use in the future.

Highlights 

The highlight of my experience was probably being in the arctic circle. I went dog sledding, snowmobiling, climbed a waterfall and saw the Northern Lights.

Top tips

Do it. It's the experience of a lifetime and you'll never regret doing it. Make the most of the opportunities you are given and never hold back.

Mark - KTH Royal Institute of Technology