Hello everyone, and happy New Year! In today’s post, I want to share with you my four favourite aspects of studying at KTH. I will only focus on education, but don’t forget that studying at KTH also means studying in Sweden – and I’d recommend you to read Martyna’s post on the topic to get to know more of what it means to study here.
Studying at KTH means receiving a very practical and project-based education. It is very common to be evaluated through assignments, projects, laboratory work and seminars, and this means having the chance to put your theoretical knowledge in practice.
Personally, I find this to be my favourite aspect of studying here: I really love the theory, but focusing on theory alone is often not very useful and may even be misleading. Getting the chance to actually see what you’re studying is essential to truly understand the topic, and getting to practice how to make things work is even better – it really lifts your technical-education game (and CV)!
If you want to know more about how you are assessed at KTH, I would suggest you to read my past blog post on the topic.
At KTH, the relationship between students and professors is very relaxed. You call your professors and teaching assistants by their first name and it’s very easy to get to speak to them individually. To me, this informal relationship helps in building a more chilled study environment, where it is easy to feel appreciated and, in turn, to appreciate more the subjects that you’re studying: you know that your professors are there to help, and not to make your life harder!
Job and research opportunities
At KTH, every professor is also a researcher. This means having the possibility to attend a huge number of seminars, held both by KTH professors and guests from other universities, as well as studying while keeping really close to current research. This also translates in study programmes which are tailored around current research trends, making you very competitive both for the job market and for the academic career.
Being the largest technical university in Sweden, KTH students can also enjoy a strong connection to the industry: it is very common to write the final Master’s thesis in collaboration with a company, and to carry out summer internships and/or part-time work. It is also possible to work for KTH as a Teaching Assistant or part-time researcher in one of KTH’s labs. In general, I found Sweden to really value students: there are a lot of interesting job opportunities and thesis proposals for you to choose, no matter your study field.
Finally, another perk of studying at KTH surely is the possibility to enjoy student life in the university’s beautiful campuses. This may look secondary if compared to the other aspects I mentioned, but trust me: it’s not. Be it the main campus or the other campuses around Stockholm, KTH buildings are always clean, welcoming and with plenty of study spaces. Not only that, but also the campus is full of incredible corners and views that will follow you through your study journey here, reminding you of why you chose KTH!
That is all for today. As the application deadline is approaching, I would suggest you to check out our previous blog posts on admission to KTH. You could maybe start from Martyna’s guide on the application process, then read some FAQs on the topic and finish by reading some advice on how to write a good letter of motivation, how to create the best portfolio and how to write an eye-catching curriculum.
I’ll see you in the next post and, once again, happy New Year!