"Being a bachelor student at KTH allowed me to start my education in an international environment from the very beginning"
Simone comes from Milano in north Italy. He enjoys meeting people that come from different backgrounds and can enrich his experience greatly at KTH.
What made you choose KTH and your programme?
After I finished high school in Italy, I was left with the choice of applying either to an Italian university or a programme abroad. I opted for the second one, willing to start a new experience and explore a different way of doing higher education. I faced another challenge: very few universities in Europe outside UK and Ireland offer a bachelor's programme entirely in English. That's when I discovered the ICT programme at KTH which seemed to fit my needs perfectly.
It provides insights both in the “universe” of hardware and in the “universe” of software technologies allowing to explore both areas and to make a more conscious choice for a further specialisation.
What do you like most about KTH?
KTH offers a high-quality education while also providing a relaxed environment which allows concentrating more on the personal development than on the competition with other students. The teaching easily covers the most relevant theoretical subjects and includes many project-based activities; this is very important from my perspective because it ensures a deeper understanding of the subject.
Another good aspect is the relation between students and faculty which are very friendly, differently from most of the universities outside the Nordic countries.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
The most impressive aspect of Stockholm and Swedish culture, in general, is the incredible balance between eagerness for technology and innovation, and respect for nature. The city has a heart founded in history and, at the same time, aims to be one of the most innovative cities in Europe. The public transport system is excellent, and the city is very well organised.
The vast majority of Swedes can speak English perfectly, making communication easier from day one. However, learning Swedish may also be a valuable experience and can give interesting insights into the culture of the country.
What do you like most about being here?
Being a bachelor student in this programme at KTH allowed me to start my education in an international environment from the very beginning. This means that I constantly meet people that come from different backgrounds and can enrich my experience greatly. KTH also lets me balance the study life with many other extra-curricular activities.
What is your best memory so far from your time at KTH?
I have been in Sweden studying at KTH for almost two and half years, and a lot has happened during this time. While it is hard to pick a single moment, I would say that the best memories come from the time spent with friends during the initial months in Stockholm. From the fun activities during the summer reception weeks organised by the student union to the long lunch talks after hard exams, the time spent with like-minded people who left their country to start a new adventure in KTH is hard to be forgotten.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for Bachelor studies?
If I have to pick one single lesson learned in the time, it would be the following: the university experience will be as good as you want it to be.
KTH, as most of the other universities, offers a lot of opportunities both inside the curricular courses and in the student life activities. However, no person will come to you presenting all of them and ask you if you want to do any. It is up to you to search for them and to get involved. Hence if you want to participate in a project, if you want to compete in a Hackathon or simply be part of some group in the student union, be proactive and try to meet and talk with as many people as possible.
If you are genuinely interested in doing some of these activities, you will easily find your way in and you will surely have extraordinary experiences. The quality of your time at KTH will depend greatly on your actions and choices.