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Xing likes the culture and good social environment of Sweden

Originally from Chonqing, China, international student Xing Yin is studying in the Master's programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design at KTH.

What made you decide to start studying at KTH?
The culture of northern Europe and the good social environment among many other things.

How did you decide which programme to choose?
I have a five year Bachelor's degree of architecture from Tsinghua University and want to extend my study field in urbanism, so I choose to study Urban Planning and Design here at KTH.

What do you see as the greatest aspects of your programme?
There are a lot of opportunity to think ahead, like how to deal with the future urban environment, what is sustainable, what urban economy is and how it works.

How do studies here at KTH differ in comparison to your previous experience?
There are more chances for me to study by myself and talk with my colleagues. There are more interesting topics for me to choose and new theories to learn if I compare it to my earlier experience.

What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Nice and high-tech city environment based on the respect to each and everyone’s different personality.

Is there something with life in Stockholm and Sweden that has surprised you?
Prepare for a long winter, because that was a surprise! The well organized and designed public system and large forest in the city might surprise someone as well.

Do you have a favourite place in the city?
I like a lot of places in Stockholm and I really like the Haga Park which is the most beautiful large park!

Could you describe a regular day as a student at KTH?
I get up around 8, drink some milk and eat a fried egg for breakfast. Then I prepare lunch myself and take it to SVG, a studio for SUPD students in the library. Usually, I have lecture from 9 to 12 and then lunch break to until 1.30 with my classmates or friends in the library. In the afternoon, there are seminars or team work or lecture to 3 in the winter or five in the summer. But I usually get back home around seven and cook a nice dinner for myself or eat out with my friends.

Are you taking part in any student activities?
Yes, I have joined a badminton team and we practice every weekend. However, we rent the field in Stockholm University's gym where the price is much cheaper.

What do you want to do after you have received your degree here at KTH?
I want to find a job in Stockholm and open up my own company several years later.

Is there any advice you would like to give others that will live in Stockholm and study at KTH in the future?
You need to prepare yourself well for the harsh weather in the long winter and cultivate some hobby that you could do in your spare time. 

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