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Aarati is from Bangalore, India and completed her bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PES University, Bangalore. She's pursuing her master's in Information and Network Engineering at KTH. She enjoys travelling, reading, music, spending quality time with family and friends, and catching up on shows and movies online.

Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?

KTH ranks exceptionally high among the world's technical universities and stands out as one of the best for Electrical and Electronics engineering. I was confident KTH was an excellent choice after completing my bachelor's in Electronics and Communication. It also portrays a high emphasis on academic research and independent thinking, which I highly admire. Additionally, getting to pursue my master's in a European country where almost everyone knows and speaks English was a cherry on top.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

The Information and Network Engineering programme is a perfect blend of core domain knowledge and practical applications in the industry. My primary motivation to apply for this master's was based on how broad and structured the subject is. Secondly, the flexibility and the extensive range of courses offered throughout various tracks is a feature that intrigued me because this would allow me to make and follow the path of my interest.

How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?

One of the significant aspects that stands out is the concept of study periods, which are half a semester. Further, since there are usually only two courses per period, I think it is a great way to let students intensely focus on a few courses at a time. Secondly, the system of a re-exam is indeed new! Though it seems intriguing initially, I think it is a great way to let students improve and have a second chance at giving an exam.

KTH emphasises practical knowledge, a deep understanding of concepts, and theoretical knowledge through multiple assignments, projects, and seminars. Also, there are numerous ways in which lectures are conducted, in person, flipped, or online; the variety of classes helps keep students engaged. Lastly, most finals are five hours long, which is relatively new to most incoming students, but you get used to it.

How is student life in Stockholm?

Student life in Stockholm is probably one of my favourite aspects. As students, we get discounts at some stores and on the local travel card, which is a huge bonus! Almost everyone knows and can speak English here, making Sweden extremely welcoming to international students. It is a fantastic experience to meet students from all over the world, on campus and at your student accommodation.

Stockholm has many places to visit for a minimal fee or just with a travel card. This place is filled with huge public libraries, a lot of activities and bars, and pretty much everything a student might want, making it ideal.

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

If I were to summarise my experience so far in two words, I'd say challenging and thrilling!

It has been a great time so far; meeting other students, the professors and the whole experience has been highly satisfying. It might sometimes be challenging to keep up with the curriculum, but it's worth the hustle.

I just love the main KTH campus! Its pretty and antique architecture offers a fantastic place to spend time, walk around and even study with the numerous facilities available.

What would you like to say to students considering choosing KTH for master’s studies?

I would say, go for it! As I said, it's challenging and thrilling but worth it all. There are many opportunities and paths that you get inspired to follow once you get started. Sweden itself is a country worth a visit, and you can embrace Stockholm as your second home. Deciding to leave home and comfort and move away to study is hard, but you will make it worth your while here.

We all have our journeys; KTH is undoubtedly an excellent place for your next chapter. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have; feel free to reach out.