Avantika is from Doha, Qatar. She got her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the US. Se is obsessed with exploring new places and cafes.
What made you choose KTH, Stockholm and Sweden?
KTH is one of the only universities in the world that offers a master’s degree in Integrated Product Design. The classes offered are a blend of engineering, design, and business.
Having lived in Europe before, I was extremely captivated by the beauty of Scandinavia. The aesthetic of city and the region has huge influences in the design world, which was extremely interesting for me to explore.
What do you like most about KTH?
KTH is extremely diverse in terms of the peers you meet and offers a myriad of opportunities to get involved. The campus is over 100 years old, and that contributes to its old-world charm.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Sweden is a very cultural country and gives off a straight out of a storybook vibe. Stockholm is the perfect example of place where history meets modernity. There is something for everyone. The city is full of character, boutique stores, and quaint cafes. Let’s not forget the gorgeous Swedish Archipelago that comes to life when the weather is nice.
What is your best memory from your time at KTH so far?
The summers are exquisite in Sweden. Kayaking and hiking during the spring and summer is very rejuvenating. The cherry blossoms in April are a delightful surprise after a long winter. But the best part about these long winters are the beautiful northern lights you get to see in northern Sweden.
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
KTH is a partner university of UIUC. A lot of my friends had come here on exchange and have spoken very highly about KTH. The classes here are smaller and allow for extremely intelligent discussions between the professor and peers in the classroom.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master’s studies?
To anyone looking to move to Sweden for their master’s, I would say that this is a great choice. Stockholm greets you with a warm hug, thanks to the fika culture. You’re also surrounded by some of the best innovators and creators in the world.
What do you see as the most significant aspects of your programme?
There are two tracks offered in Integrated Product Design: Industrial Design Engineering and Innovation & Product Development. Both tracks offer great electives that allow you to fully take advantage of the explorative courses offered at KTH.
Do you have a dream job after graduating from KTH?
I wish to have a design consultancy firm in brick and mortar after graduation.