"I chose Stockholm for its international role and the diversity of cultures coexisting in the city"
Cristina de la Barrera Bernad is 22 years old and comes from Spain. Her home university is University Carlos III de Madrid. She loves travelling and meeting people from all over the world, as well as learning about different cultures and traditions.
What made you choose KTH, Stockholm and Sweden?
I’ve always had a great interest in the education system of the Nordic countries, and the great reputation in the engineering field caught my attention. KTH is recognized as one of the best technical universities in Europe, with excellent facilities and a campus in the centre of the city. In addition, the master's programme in aerospace engineering has a great reputation and offers the possibility to specialise in four different tracks (space, aeronautics, structures, or controls) but without losing the possibility of following subjects from other tracks if they are of interest to you.
I chose Stockholm for its international role and the diversity of cultures coexisting in the city. Besides being a big and charming city, Stockholm is very safe, and because almost everyone speaks English you can communicate with everyone in the city.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
Even though I have only been at KTH for a short time, I have accumulated many wonderful memories. If I had to mention one, it would be the concert in early September that took place in the gardens of one of the buildings on the main campus of KTH.
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
I would say that the main difference is the learning approach. Although I also had many laboratory practicals at my home university, here at KTH you get involved in big group projects from the very beginning of the course and have to work with an international team, which I consider to be a great benefit regarding my future professional career.
What do you like most about KTH?
On the educational side, KTH’s professors are always open to discussing and giving further explanations of any topic, and they are also open to suggestions you might give them for improving the learning environment. Regarding extracurricular activities, there are numerous associations and clubs at KTH that organise events and offer you the possibility of disconnecting from classes and getting to know both local and international people.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Sweden has amazing natural landscapes and majestic cities like Gothenburg and Stockholm. In Stockholm for example, you can enjoy the activity of the city by walking to Gamla Stan, or the Old City, and then walking 15 minutes away and relaxing in one of its many green spaces.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies?
If you are like me, you will have many doubts about which university is the best to do your master's studies. In my case, I was comparing the programmes of almost all the European universities that offered a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, and I certainly do not regret having chosen KTH. It has an excellent programme, and the relationship with the professors and the learning environment could not be better.
What do you see as the most significant aspects of your programme?
As I mentioned before, I consider the possibility of following courses from other branches to be a great opportunity, but I would highlight above all the large number of projects that you can get involved with in the courses, in which you experience all the phases of development from the concept of the idea to carrying it out. I think it is the best way to put into practice all of the knowledge acquired during the courses.
Are you taking part in any student activities?
I’ve joined the development of a composite rocket body project carried out by the AESIR association, and we will work on this during the whole academic year.
Do you have a dream job after graduating from KTH?
I would like to work in the aeronautical industry as a project manager, where I can put into practice all the knowledge acquired during my years of study and can carry out innovation projects making use of my soft skills.