Lisa from Austria
About the programme and the teaching style
How did you find out about this programme and why did you choose it?
"I was searching for Master of Science programmes in Europe which dealt with tourism management, but also included sustainability issues – this already made my search highly specific. Furthermore, Lund University and Sweden, in general, were always intriguing for me, so I was lucky that the programme checked all my boxes for my Master’s."
What is the best thing about your programme?
"The best things about my programme definitely are the specialisation courses. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and bring deep insights into the industry into the lectures. We also had quite a few renowned guest lecturers, which makes it very interesting to also gain different perspectives."
What do you think of the teaching style at Lund?
"Personally, I enjoy the teaching style of Lund because I learn the best with reading material. The lectures always give a nice summary or hints of what in the quite extensive literature is most important, guiding you through your study. The professors are very helpful and focus on the well-being and success of the students. This is also possible because of the small size of the programme."
Why should prospective students choose this programme?
"Students who want to learn about the development, the field and contemporary issues of tourism will find it is the right programme for you. Also, if you'd like to stay in research, I can highly recommend the programme because it trains you very well in how to work and write in academia."
Is there any practical experience available to students during your studies?
"In the Service Management programme, there is no mandatory internship. However, if you have good time-management skills, you could pursue a part-time job or internship during your studies, although it is not recommended since it is a full-time programme. In the Tourism specialisation, however, we did some field trips to cities nearby and learned about why the city developed a certain way due to tourism. Furthermore, you can apply for an Erasmus internship grant if you want to do fieldwork or an internship during the summer break."
How international is your programme (in terms of nationalities)?
"LU is very engaged in maintaining a highly international environment. In my cohort, we are about 25 students with 20 different nationalities."
To what extent does your programme prepare you for a career in your field?
"I think it added well to my management and business administration knowledge from my Bachelor’s. I now definitely have a lot of knowledge about tourism, challenges and opportunities. I also found out, during the specialisation courses, in which career fields I can see myself (or also what fields there even are)."
Campus Helsingborg and spare time
What are the facilities like at Campus Helsingborg?
"We have a lot of study spaces there, including the newly opened 7th floor. The facilities are super nice and bright. You always meet somebody there since we are such a small community. As is typical in Sweden, there also tons of microwaves so you can bring your own food. If you choose to commute from Lund, the campus is directly next to the train station which is very convenient."
What is it like living in Helsingborg?
"For me, living in Helsingborg for sure is a different experience than for people living in Lund. We don’t have the student Nations or this extreme social-party-life. Instead, we have the beach, which is a huge plus, especially during late summer and spring! There are also saunas and cold baths in town, which are a must-try experience. You find friends so easily here in Helsingborg, due to the smaller community. We do have AGORA and Stampus, the main student organisations in Helsingborg, which always organise events and also student pubs, so you don’t have to go to Lund for a chill night out. In this sense, you can also work for them and engage in these activities where you can build an even bigger network. Finally, Lund is only a 40-minute train ride away if you want to partake in the traditional setting and student nation events."
What do you do in your spare time?
"My friend group tries to go hiking or into nature every weekend or do weekend trips. I also joined 180 Degrees Consulting (a student consultancy firm). Of course, I also join events from the student organisations Stampus and Agora. This term, we also plan to go to more 'nation' events in Lund. Other than that, I play tennis, go to the gym or simply enjoy the slower life here in Sweden by reading a book or watching films with my roommates."