On choosing Lund
09 September 2011
LUM asks new students why they chose Lund University for their studies.
Ephrem Getnet, 26, from Ethiopia, has previously studied Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Addis Ababa. Now he is going to start reading Development Studies in Lund.
“I was looking for scholarships and visited various universities’ websites”, he says. “Lund University has a good website and exciting research environments and is well placed on international rankings, which were all important reasons why I went for Lund.”
Ephrem Getnet also got a place at a Dutch university. The programme there was similar but more specialised than the one in Lund. His final decision to come here was due to the fact that he got a scholarship, but he is also pleased to be studying a broader programme.
After his studies he intends to return to Addis Ababa to work on poverty issues for an international organisation. He is also considering going into research, either here or in his home country.
“The reception here has been fantastic”, he says, adding that he has already met his course coordinator and mentors. He lives in a hall of residence with other international students.
“It’s nice, but expensive”, he says.
“An equivalent programme in Mexico would have cost more”
Eligio Rendon Castro, 29, has studied Accountancy at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Now he is going to add a Master’s in Finance at the School of Economics and Management.
His employer is paying a large part of his tuition fees.
“For my employer, it was actually worth it to let me study here. An equivalent programme in Mexico would have cost more”, says Eligio Rendon Castro.
He came to Lund on Arrival Day and was overwhelmed by the warm reception, both from the University and from the other students on his corridor at Delphi:
“Coming here was the best decision I ever made”, he says, explaining that cultural and language barriers mean that it is not common for Mexicans to study abroad.
After his year in Lund he will be returning to Mexico to work for the employer that has financed his studies for at least two years.
“I compared different rankings”
Long Li, 22, from Beijing has got into one of the University’s most popular programmes – International Marketing and Brand Management. A friend from Spain recommended she study in Sweden.
“He works at an advertising agency in Beijing and had heard that it was a nice place to study”, says Long Li.
She has previously studied at the North China University of Technology. When deciding where to do a Master’s, she compared different rankings. The US and Canada were also on her list.
“The programme was what decided it”, she says.
But she admits that she would have had to improve her qualifications to get into the other universities, something she didn’t have time for. To fund her year in Sweden she took on a part-time job and has received help from her parents.
“I didn’t apply for a scholarship from Lund because I thought it would reduce my chances of getting in. Afterwards I’ve found out that it wouldn’t have made any difference.”
The Swedish welfare model and gender equality policy in particular interest them.
Sonomi Ichioka, 21, and Takumi Matsumoto, 22, from Ritsumeikon University in Japan have come to Lund as exchange students and will study Scandinavian Area Studies.
“It’s striking how many men you see going around with prams here”, says Sonomi Ichioka. “You don’t see that in Japan.”
Takumi Matsumoto had a choice of Malmö University, Lund University or Linnæus University. The deciding factor was Lund’s character as a student city.
“Although if I had had the choice, I would probably have chosen an English-speaking country. I need to practise my English”, he says.