What Catharina says about the Master's in Media and Communication Studies
"Hi! My name is Catharina and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's Programme in Media and Communication. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the programme, courses, student life, and life in Lund and Sweden via the Unibuddy Platform, where you can chat with me (see below). Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits."
Why did you choose this programme?
"When doing research on this possible programme I was full of questions about Sweden and the university. As soon as I got in contact with the university, everyone was welcoming and supportive. Also, Lund University is ranked as one of the top 100 best universities in the world. When I decided to apply for the Media and Communication programme, I delved even more into the Swedish culture and study/career opportunities in general."
What do you think about your programme so far?
"I really enjoy my programme and I LOVE the student life and opportunities that Lund University has provided me. The programme is more theory-oriented than I expected, but I feel that it helped me really improve my academic skills such as critical thinking. Also, as an international programme, I can connect with students from all over the world. There are no doubts that it is one of my favourite things about the programme."
Why should prospective students choose this programme?
"Besides having perspectives from international students, the programme gives you a chance to expand your horizons towards ordinary things. We study popular culture, and everyday life and use different methodologies while embracing different interpretations on a certain topic approach. We have the motto ‘assume less, investigate more’ and it always creates room for more interpretation. Prospective students will have a nice time delving into their interests and figuring out new ones!"
What was your favourite course and why?
"Digital Ethnography! Because I found a way to understand people better and value habits that are taken for granted, such as media consumption. Also, it is amazing to see how civic, personal and community movements arise from media platforms and the interlacing between the online and offline world."
Have you been able to gain any practical experience during your studies?
"Yes! I joined the LU Student Ambassador Programme and I have had the opportunity to help prospective students who want to study in Sweden. Also, I started collaborating with the Swedish Institute and connecting with people from other regions in Sweden. Studying Media and Communication contributed to the way I see my work back in Brazil as well. Sharing my learnings with my coworkers and bringing up different perspectives has increased our and our clients' experiences in the workplace."
What do you think of the academics and teaching style at Lund?
"It’s very informal and more independent compared to my home country, Brazil. I can call my teachers by their first name, and I feel comfortable approaching them in a more relaxed way, but of course, with respect. Teachers expect you to read the course literature and come up with your own questions and ideas for discussion. Also, I usually have one course at a time in Lund, while in Brazil we’re used to many courses at the same time. So, you have more time to focus on what you are studying at that moment. The students and teachers create a nice and safe environment so that you can share your ideas and point of view without feeling judged. Also, having more independent learning has enhanced my personal development. I feel skilful to find answers for some challenges related to and beyond studies."
What are the facilities like at Lund?
"We have access to online and offline libraries. There are many libraries scattered around Lund, and I can find most of the books I need for my courses. It’s interesting that even for those materials we sometimes don’t have access to online, the librarian can help you out! They were quite supportive when I needed some materials for my thesis and essays and gave me access to a specific article. Also, you have a very cosy and quiet study environment."
What are the options for networking like in your experience?
"Everywhere, if you really want! There are student organisations and events organised by the faculty you can attend. There are some websites where you can find career and study opportunities and mingle with people outside your programme. Participating in programmes such as the LU Student Ambassadors was a gateway for me to connect with more people. Also, I participated in a student association, UPF, and it was incredibly helpful to make new friends and get to know people from other programmes on my arrival."
What it is like to be an international student at Lund University?
"It is amazing! I don’t feel like an outsider as I have felt in previous experiences abroad. Swedes are very welcoming, and they speak English! Also, because there are so many other nationalities here, I could meet even more international people and learn more about their culture and way of thinking. There is a place for everyone in Sweden and at Lund University!"
If you would recommend Lund to someone, what would you say?
"Come to Lund for a full student life experience! You will be able to enjoy nature, nations, student associations and meet people from different countries. The city is small but big enough for you to enjoy nightlife and nature. Also, it’s only 15 minutes from bigger cities, such as Malmö or Helsingborg so that you can extend your experience. Sweden is an amazing place to live. Here, I’ve learned to seek a good work-life balance and give importance to enjoying more coffee breaks (fika). If you’re feeling better with yourself, your work will be well done."
Have more questions for Catharina?
You can chat with her and other current students directly via Unibuddy.