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Katarzyna says students who graduate from KTH have undeniably great reputation

Katarzyna, originally from Poland, studied in the master's programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering at KTH between 2014 and 2016. Katarzyna has enjoyed the time she has spent in Sweden and says that this country has impressed her with its landmarks, calm people, and the very positive and relaxed attitude towards everyday life.

What made you decide to start studying at KTH?

My decision was made mostly due to the high ranking of KTH within technical universities. Students who graduate from KTH have an undeniably excellent reputation and way better start into a job market, which increases my chances of achieving success in my professional life. 

How did you decide which programme to choose?

I wanted to continue in my field that I studied during my bachelor's programme: the master's programme I chose at KTH seemed to be the most related to that.

What do you see as the greatest aspects of your programme?

There is only one mandatory course during the whole 2-year programme. The rest of the courses may be chosen according to students' preferences, within some range of courses offered. That solution gave me a great opportunity to study only those courses which I am passionate about and which are strongly related to my master's thesis.

How do studies here at KTH differ in comparison to your previous experience?

I studied previously at one of the Swedish universities in southern Sweden, so I was already familiar with the Swedish higher education system. However, KTH provided an incomparable high level of education and a wide range of educational support. It also provides a great library, supporting teachers and many interesting seminars not only related to the studied field.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

I have spent the last four years in Sweden and feel like I already settled down here for good. This country impressed me with its landmarks, calm people, and their very positive and relaxed attitude towards their everyday life - very lagom so to speak. Stockholm is quite unique in comparison with other European capitals; urban architecture is spread out among the islands creating space for many green areas.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at KTH?

Classes usually take seven hours, from 9 am to 5 pm with a one-hour lunch break in between. Many projects and assignments require you to stay on campus even if you do not have classes that day. Luckily, there are many places created for students who need a space for studying in silence.

Are you taking part in any student activities?

There are a few events during the academic year where job fairs take place at one of KTH campuses. I always try to take the opportunity and look around, do a little "research" within the construction job market, chit-chat and make some connections.

What do you want to do after you have received your degree here at KTH?

I would like to be a part of some big construction company and be involved in production on-site. I believe that the master's degree received at KTH can open many doors to a professional career.

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Master's Programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering