Ask Emily questions about KTH and read more about her decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and her plans for the future.
My name is Emily Christley. I am 23 years old and I come from the United Kingdom. I received my bachelors degree from Cardiff University, Wales, in electro-mechanical engineering. I love living in Stockholm, I’m learning Swedish, and I hope I can stay here forever. I even like the weather.
What made you choose KTH, Stockholm and Sweden?
Sweden is a world leader in sustainable energy; where better to specialise than in its capital at one of the best technical universities in Europe? The master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering is well established and very relevant to today’s needs. With four different specialisation tracks to choose from, the programme covers a diverse range of content within the field.
What do you like most about KTH?
My courses allow me to delve deeper and carry out research in my areas of interest. Many of my courses have invited guest lecturers, which really helps me see how the knowledge I am gaining is applied in the real world. What’s more is that KTH hosts so many brilliant events that have expanded my horizons – lunchtime research seminars, TEDx events, panel discussions… the list is never ending.
What are your impressions of Stockholm and Sweden?
Although it’s the capital, Stockholm doesn’t have the hustle-and-bustle vibe of a big city. It’s laid back with lots of green spaces, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. There’s something for everyone whether you’re into kayaking on the archipelago, checking out museums, walking in the forest, or simply meeting for fika.
Are there any differences between studying at KTH and your home university?
I think the work-life balance is one of the biggest differences I have noticed. KTH has more realistic expectations of student ability. Instead of learning to pass exams, I feel like I’m learning to learn for life. In many of my courses there is more of an emphasis on coursework, which takes the pressure off of final exams.
What do you see as the most significant aspects of your programme?
The first semester of the programme gives a good grounding in sustainable energy engineering. After choosing your specialisation you get the opportunity to focus more on your interests and to develop a deeper understanding.
Are you taking part in any student activities?
Sustainable Energy Engineering has a student council that is open to all students in the programme. We regularly organise social events and meet-ups. It’s a great way to meet other students outside class.