Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Country of origin: China
Study course: Master in Biomedicine
Why did you decide to study abroad?
I made this decision at a pretty young age — when I was in primary school! Back then I
really enjoyed going to summer camps abroad because I always met so many new friends and had exciting stories to tell when I came back. Since then I’ve always hoped that one day I’d have the chance to study and live in another country, a wish that has grown over the years as I travelled more and more. Eventually, my dream came true at the age of 14: I moved to England for my high school and my adventure started!
What made you decide on this university?
In the third year of my university, I went on exchange at ETH Zurich and worked in an immunology lab for one year. That was a truly unforgettable year and afterwards, I decided to choose the career path in academia, more specifically, in medical research. Karolinska Institutet is well known for its high-quality education and research in medical science, and its location in the beautiful Nordic capital, Stockholm, also attracted me. It is in collaboration with my previous university and the representative came to give talks every year, where I learnt more about this university.
Another very personal reason to choose Sweden is, I met my Swedish boyfriend during my exchange so I would really love to stay close to him, at least in the same country. So it is indeed very lucky of me that my dream destination also has the top university that suits me! 😉
How is your experience of studying abroad?
Although I’ve already studied abroad for more than 7 years, moving to a new country is still very exciting to me! I was really surprised by how diverse our class is; there are more than 15 nationalities among us 40 people with all sorts of majors. We not only learn from our lectures but also each other. The whole class does a lot of things together and we all support each other; it feels like a big family.
Being exposed to a non-English environment in everyday life is also a very interesting experience. Although the lectures are in English and most Swedes speak perfect English, I just like learning new languages, especially when it’s completely free! It feels so rewarding as I start to understand more of people’s conversation and get more confident to talk to others in Swedish.
Meanwhile, I also had the chance to explore Stockholm, other Swedish cities and even some Northern European countries. Travelling is often the best part when you’re studying in a new country! And the best out of the best? I finally saw the Northern Lights this Christmas when I visited Kiruna!
Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
First of all, Karolinska lives up to its reputation so you’ll have leading professors in their fields who are always willing to help you, and a group of high-performance classmates whom you’ll become best friends with. Its close bond to Nobel Prize also makes it very special that you’ll get involved in a lot of ‘Nobel-relevant’ activities, including attending the ceremony and the laureates’ lectures! The university also offers opportunities for you to take part in a lot of extracurricular activities such as sports and music groups, or even organising a party for the Nobel laureates (the SNNC party)!
In addition, being a capital on islands, Stockholm itself is also very fascinating. It has a lot to offer for both nature-lovers and those who seek modern city life. Each island has its own characters and every metro station is a small art gallery, so there is always more to discover!