KTH good reputation and long history in materials science caught Zhangting's eye

Zhangting He from Guilin in China is an international student at KTH. She is studying the master's programme in Engineering Materials Science. After graduating from KTH she wants to find a job in Sweden.

What made you decide to start studying at KTH?
KTH has a good reputation as well as a long history in materials science, which really caught my eye.

How did you decide which programme to choose?
I majored in metallic materials engineering during my bachelor's degree and I believe this area is promising. The courses offered by this program are really necessary no matter for working or doing research on metallic materials.

What do you see as the greatest aspects of your programme?
Most courses are combined with theory learning and project work; therefore, we can learn the knowledge both theoretically and practically. Also, there will be some materials-related management courses available to choose, which can fulfil different needs for the future development.

How do studies here at KTH differ in comparison to your previous experience?
The estimated learning hours of each course are longer, which means we can learn the courses deeper. Also, the theory learning is always followed with the practical work, such as labs and project work.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Stockholm is a beautiful city with large water areas and historic buildings. It is quiet and tidy and there are many tourist spots. Swedish people are so nice and happy to help you. They can speak fluent English no matter they are young or old.

Is there something about life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised you?
Fika is the first Swedish word I learnt. Swedish people like fika during the leisure time. They like to have fika with their family or friends, drinking some coffee, eating some snacks, chatting with each other, and so forth. Also, fika can be some relaxing time during work or study.

Do you have a place in the city that you enjoy spending time at?
I like the place Riddarholmen in Gamla Stan, which is a quiet spot in the central city. It is peaceful and it feels calm to sit beside the sea. You can watch seagulls flying, the sunset and enjoy the sea breeze.

Could you describe a regular day as a student at KTH?
I normally have lectures in the morning. After the lecture, I will have lunch with my friends in the students' lunch room. After the lunch break, if there are no lectures, I will work on projects with my coursemates in the computer rooms. After that, I go home and take a rest.

Are you taking part in any student activities?
I was the member of the arrival day crew for international students. It was so fun to work with students from different programmes and different countries. I can help the new students by my own experience in the same situations and give them some advice from a student's aspect.

What do you want to do after you have received your degree here at KTH?
I want to find a job in Sweden. My dream job is to work in an international company where I can apply my knowledge of materials.

Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Stockholm and study at KTH in the future?
Check the course list and make sure the program is exactly the one interested you. If it is the one, then just go for it. Studying at KTH is an amazing experience and Stockholm is really worth to explore. And winter is not as scary as we thought. Actually, it is beautifully covered in snow.

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