Hi! My name is Pratik and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's programme in Photonics. 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 Lund University?
"I chose Lund University because it is known for its strong science and technology programmes and has a reputation for research excellence in various fields, including physics and photonics. Another reason to move to Sweden is that English is widely spoken and understood here. When I was applying to the university, the programme was well-structured and updated. I also wanted a balanced academic and student life, and I can definitely say that student life at Lund University is far superior."
What are your first impressions of your programme? Does it meet your expectations?
"The Photonics programme is very well-defined and updated with respect to the latest developments in the field. More focus is given to the conceptual and practical aspects. Professors encourage us to get involved in exercise and lab sessions. The first period of study involves mandatory electives, but as of the second period, there are many electives to choose from. I didn't expect lectures and courses to be intense, but I will say that time management is key. I am looking forward to what my programme holds for me in the future and what I can do towards my field."
What have been the highlights of your first months in Lund?
"Since I come from a highly populated and culturally rich city named Pune in Maharashtra, India, I find there is a big difference in terms of population size. The climate in Lund is very different from where I come from, but I am enjoying a cooler climate. Lund is a diverse and inclusive city. I've had the chance to interact with fellow students from all over the world, which has broadened my cultural horizons. Lund is a beautiful and historic city with a high quality of life. People here are helpful and kind to international students. Student life at Lund University is vibrant and diverse. The welcoming atmosphere has made it easy to adapt to a new environment. My previous university didn't have student nations and guilds, which I am now actively involved in."
What do you think of the teaching style in Sweden?
"The teaching style in Sweden is designed to foster independent thinking, collaboration, and a high level of engagement. More focus is given to conceptual points attaining critical and scientific thinking skills. The Swedish education system gives freedom and flexibility to a student's academic path. Professors encourage us to ask questions and voice our concerns. They are available whenever we have doubts regarding a lecture, project, or lab work, and explain the concept in a simpler way."
How international is your programme?
"My classmates are from different countries like Germany, Greece, India, China, Spain, Sweden, etc., which gives diversity and an international outlook. Apart from this, my courses have many exchange students from all over the world like the USA, Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to name a few. Even the professors and lab supervisors are from different countries, thus making my programme very international not only regarding students but also in terms of faculty."
What are you most looking forward to in your programme?
"Currently, I have mandatory electives which are the foundation of the programme. I want to get involved in research groups in my field. I am looking for more hands-on experiments, to do an internship and gain skills. I also look forward to taking exams, which are 5 hours long, which I have never faced before."
Stay tuned! A more comprehensive testimonial from this student will be published once they have completed their first semester at Lund and have more insights to share about their programme.
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