Penelope from Greece
About the programme and the teaching style
Why did you choose this programme?
"The programme is one of the best in embedded electronics worldwide. It involves a lot of hands-on work with multiple projects. Lund is also home to a lot of industry regarding silicon and circuit design and production, so it is truly an ideal place to study the field."
What do you think about your programme (so far)? Does it live up to your expectations?
"Overall, I’m very satisfied with the programme and the opportunities it has given me. The programme’s hands-on approach has given me a lot of technical knowledge that is directly relevant to the industry of today. One of my goals was to secure an internship over the summer, which I did!"
What is the best thing about your programme?
"The best thing about the programme is the technical nature of the various projects and labs. Over the years the programme has only been getting better. As it stands today, the support for these labs and projects is very solid. Through the programme, we’re given access to tools and technology which is crucial to understanding the manufacturing and chip designing process."
Why should prospective students choose this programme?
"Prospective students should choose the programme not only for the structure and for the technical opportunities, but for the staff as well. The professors are bright and supportive, and I see a genuine interest in helping students truly learn and grow."
What is your favourite course (so far) and why?
"My favorite course was Intro to Structured VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration). Prior to coming to Lund, I had taken VLSI classes, but they were largely theoretical. Through this course, one understands VLSI concepts and can see the flow of chip design from algorithm to physical implementation. The course is well structured, challenging yet very beneficial."
Have you been able to gain any practical experience during your studies (so far)?
"Due to my work in the programme, I was able to secure an internship over the summer that has been a great learning opportunity for me. The leap from academia to industry was very critical to my growth and was made easy and seamless because of the Embedded Electronics programme."
What do you think of the teaching style?
"I can characterise the teaching style I have experienced so far as challenging but forgiving. There are plenty of opportunities to improve oneself through exam retakes, optional projects, etc. It is undoubtedly a difficult programme, but there is support for those who are genuinely involved."
Thoughts on being an international student at Lund and tips for prospective students
What it is to be an international student at Lund University?
"Being an international student at Lund is among the best, and easiest international student experiences in Europe. One is never lonely as there are people from all over the world, and Lund itself has the infrastructure to support them- beyond the university, through housing, student organisations and international organisations."
Do you have any advice for other students who are considering coming to Lund?
"I would advise students coming to the Skåne area to keep an open mind and try new things. I know, especially during the first months when moving to a new country and coming from a completely different continent can be intimidating. But the student environment really provides the best opportunities to explore the world and meet people in a very safe and comfortable way, so they should take advantage of it."
What surprised you the most about Sweden/Swedes?
"It was very interesting to see and analyse the Swedish concept of fun, or leisure time. In Sweden, community is very important, but this importance is displayed in different ways than I was used to. Swedish people are very open and inclusive, which I knew in theory, but seeing it in person was still very fascinating."
Future plans and career preparation
What are you planning to do after your studies? What are your plans for the future?
"After my studies, I plan to look for job opportunities in Sweden or the rest of Europe. I would like to continue in the field of IC design, and also graphics applications. After experiencing an international academic and work environment in Lund, I have confirmed that this is what I truly want, and will seek it in the future."
To what extent does your degree programme prepare you for a career in your field?
"Very much so! The skills earned through the programme are directly relevant and applicable to the chip industry. Companies in Lund have a close partnership with the University and often provide presentations and workshops."