Name: Christopher Regan
Exchange programme: Civil engineering, water resources
Why did you choose to study abroad in Lund?
As a civil engineering student, I wanted to find a strong university in terms of the course offering. When I get my degree back home, I am going to pursue structural engineering, but our degrees cover a broad spectrum, so we have to study every area. At Lund University I can concentrate on specific areas of civil engineering such as water resources, and take courses in hydraulics and hydromechanics.
Also, part of the attraction for me was that Lund a very old city. There are buildings that have been here for so long. I definitely want to end up working in a city, and living here has confirmed that. Everything is just so convenient, so close by. I live literally a two minute walk from the train station; I bike for 5 minutes and I’m at the gym. I absolutely love biking. With biking, you are forced to stay fit. It makes you happier, too.
What’s different about studying here?
There is a different relationship between teachers and students here: it’s definitely on a much more familiar basis than back home, which is really helpful. They actually encourage us to call our professors by their first name, which was completely different for me. You feel more comfortable approaching them for help.
What do you think so far of your Lund experience?
Coming abroad is the best thing I’ve ever done. I completely recommend it. If you can, do a full year, because it’s less of a vacation then, and you get properly into it. It kind of becomes your lifestyle. Where I am living is an international corridor and everyone speaks English. But I still hear a bunch of different languages, which is really cool. I have to say I was expecting Sweden to be colder than it really is. It’s been nice actually.
Would you recommend Lund as a study abroad destination?
Absolutely! I would recommend Lund University for 3 reasons: the academic heritage, the landscape, and the student Nations. Not to mention the fact that the university has been here for so long, they’ve had centuries to work out the kinks in terms of teaching students and helping them apply it to real world problems.