"One of the primary reasons I choose the Aerospace programme was its excellent reputation for engineering"
Ben comes from Ireland and studied Aerospace Engineering at KTH. He is a big outdoors person and likes to explore the wilderness outside and inside Stockholm city.
What made you choose KTH and Stockholm?
One of the primary reasons I choose the Aerospace programme was its excellent reputation for engineering, also regarded as one of the best in Europe. The Aerospace master's programme has a wide range of courses to choose from as well as some great specialisation options.
However, Stockholm also played a large part in my decision to move to Sweden and study at KTH. As I researched the campus and city, I saw just how amazing Stockholm really was.
What do you like most about KTH?
One of the best aspects of KTH is the learning environment. The lecturers are extremely friendly and open to discussions, while the course content is well-balanced between labs, projects and final exams. In addition to your programme, there are so many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular projects and events throughout the year.
Another thing worth mentioning is the beautiful main campus, situated right in the city centre. The campus has its own metro stop, and there are loads of places to explore including some great parks and forests nearby.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Stockholm completely. The greatest aspect of Stockholm is that it has all the amenities, cultural events and attractions of a capital city while retaining a relaxed, uncrowded atmosphere. The standard of living here is exceptionally high, and there are some great career opportunities here if you choose to stay after your studies (also for internship and thesis work).
What do you like most about being here?
I hope to stay here after I graduate, and one of the primary reasons is that Stockholm offers numerous parks, lakes, forests and nature reserves. You can go from being in the middle of the city to standing in a quiet forest within half an hour. For me, it’s the perfect balance of city living and keeping in touch with nature.
What is your best memory at KTH so far?
I’ve had so many great opportunities since starting at KTH, but the best (so far) has got be the visit to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany as part of one of my courses. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the European Space Agency and to meet the multitude of scientists, engineers and astronauts that work there.
What are the differences between studying at KTH and your university?
There’s a couple of significant differences I’ve experienced here at KTH compared to my studies in Ireland. Firstly, the college year is divided into four periods rather than just two semesters. This means that instead of studying for a load of exams at once, you can focus on only a few courses and take those exams before moving on to more.
The other big difference is that the student-lecturer relationship is much more informal (first name basis), making it easier to approach the lecturers and to ask questions or have discussions.
What would you say to students thinking of choosing KTH for Master’s studies?
Go for it! It was a big decision for me to do a master’s here and, like many people, I was worried if it was the right choice, but it absolutely was.
I have enjoyed every day here, I’ve got to experience so many new things which I wouldn’t have otherwise and have met some amazing people along the way. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.