“I’m in charge of my future”
That is how Barry Ousmane, a double-degree student from France, summarizes his year at EE. He is very impressed with the flexibility of the curriculum.
Barry Ousmane chose KTH because of its excellent reputation and the opportunity to earn two master’s degrees, in a year and a half. The year in Sweden will be followed by a half-year internship arranged through the French engineering school PHELMA, INP Grenoble.
“I didn’t know much about the system here in Sweden. I had only heard about the volume and quality of publications associated with KTH,” he says.
At EE, Barry Ousmane chose courses in communications systems, signal processing, sound and image processing. In France, students do not enjoy the same opportunity to select courses on the basis of their interests.
“Being able to tailor your own curriculum is great. The French system is based on a set of compulsory courses. Here I can sign up for a course on a provisional basis and then switch to another course if I don’t like the first one. That’s a lot of freedom.”
What have you learned during your year at EE?
“Professors here are more accessible than in France. They are generous with their office hours and answer e-mails promptly.”
Barry Ousmane appreciates the responsibility that comes with making decisions.
“Students work much more independently at KTH. You have to take the initiative.”
This translates into better opportunities for students to influence their own futures.
"My studies here opened my eyes to how taking personal responsibility can enhance my future. Independent people are generally admired and enjoy greater success in company contexts. The experience of studying abroad broadens your perspective in unanticipated ways.”