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Davide applied for SELECT to get more experience in an international context

Davide from Torino, Italy is studying the joint master's programme in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT). The international environment, the out of the box thinking and the classes of complementary disciplines are some of aspects of the programme that Davide likes the most.

What made you decide to start studying at KTH?

Two years ago I decided to move from my hometown and have an experience abroad. My goal was to come to KTH and try a different approach to my engineering studies. Stockholm always intrigued me so I applied for this master’s programme.

How did you decide which programme to choose?

For my bachelor's degree I studied Energy Engineering and I wanted to further my studies in that area. However I was feeling the necessity for an experience in an international context and in different cities in Europe. This made me apply for SELECT.

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

There are many aspects that I like of my master's programme. The international environment, the out of the box thinking and the classes of complementary disciplines like entrepreneurship are adding something different to the programme. Moreover the possibility of learning new languages and improving my English is another important aspect.

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

The main differences that I noticed were the learning-by-doing approach and the independence given to the student. Moreover, projects assignments and group works give a different approach to the study. Here you need to learn how to co-operate and how to interact with other team mates.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?

I love it. I hate it. I love it again. I think that the city can give contrasting feeling every day of the week. The lake, the nature and the snowish panorama are awesome. The dark and the cloudy atmosphere are more difficult to cope with. However after some time I started to love Stockholm. Lastly the experience to go the North Pole and seeing the aurora is definitely something that you must do once in a lifetime.

Do you have a place in the city that you enjoy spending time at?

I really like Gamla Stan. Going around the small streets of the old city and be next to the harbour are things that I really like. Also Djugården is a nice place where walk around and Skansen in the Christmas period is really something particular.

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

Between different classes, project groups and studying in the library there were not typical days in my student life. Classes were different from day to day; the only typical habit was a coffee during the breaks.

Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Stockholm and study at KTH in the future?

I think that every student that lived here would give the same advice. If you don’t have it, find accommodation as soon as possible. The difficulty in finding a place is maybe one of the main drawbacks of the city.