Jakub from Poland
Tell us a little bit about yourself/your educational background?
"My name is Jakub, I’m from Poland and before coming to Lund I was studying Robotics and Control Engineering at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology."
Why did you choose Lund University and why did this particular programme appeal to you?
"I have always adored motion-controlled games so it was only natural for me to develop an immense interest in virtual and augmented reality. I believe that this technology will revolutionise not only digital entertainment but also the way people work across a variety of fields such as architecture, 3D modelling or manufacturing. I aspire to actively participate in the growth of this rapidly evolving field. That’s why I decided to apply for the VR/AR Master’s programme here in Lund, where you can get hands-on experience with the most recent technology and be guided by truly passionate people!"
What do you think of the teaching style and the way of studying here?
"Everyone from the university’s staff I have met is incredibly kind and helpful. They always answer your questions and make sure you fully understand the problem at hand. The way they teach encourages you to work hard on your projects."
Have you been able to gain any practical experience during your studies so far?
"VR Lab, which is like a homeroom of the programme, is always open for VR/AR students. Although none of the courses during the first semester took place there, we were (and still are) free to use all the equipment at any time. We also have access to a woodworking workshop and a few 3D printers."
Have you had any opportunities for networking within the programme? Do you work with companies?
"Being a student of this programme seems to attract the attention of a lot of companies. Only during the first semester, despite not actively looking for an internship or a job, all VR/AR students were offered such an opportunity."
What is it like to be an international student at Lund University and how international is your programme?
"This year, our programme seems to be the most international in the whole LTH (Faculty of Engineering), since everyone here comes from a different part of the world and none of us is Swedish! Although, this doesn’t mean we don’t get to interact with local students. Many of our courses are shared with different programmes where you can meet people from all regions of Sweden."
What is studying in Sweden like compared to studying in other countries you've studied in?
"For me, one of the biggest differences of studying in Sweden is the way semesters are structured. I was used to having at least 8 courses per semester, whereas here in Lund there are only 4-5. And each semester can be also divided into two study periods with only 2-3 courses. This makes focusing on your assignments much easier since you don’t have to work on multiple projects in parallel."
What are you planning to do after your studies?
"To be completely honest, I cannot say anything for certain. The Computer Graphics course rekindled my passion for game development and Sweden is a country where a lot of great game companies are based. It may be one of the possible paths I’m willing to take, but then again, it is only one of many that I have in mind."
How do you like living in Sweden? Did you feel welcome here?
"In my experience, Sweden is an incredibly welcoming country. I came to Malmö almost a month before the semester started to settle in a new apartment. During this time, I was interacting with a variety of people from different walks of life and all these experiences had one thing in common: everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. By this time, I already knew I made the right decision coming here."