Gabriela Lis talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study Scandinavian studies with us.
My student experience
"I am delighted by the range of extracurricular activities that I can get involved in at the University. Being an active member of the debates union, I have the opportunity to socialise with amazing people, develop my skills by attending workshops four times a week (!) and to travel to beautiful places to take part in competitions and tournaments.
"I am also very happy about the fact that the University is so dedicated to giving students extra opportunities to develop and broaden their horizons by attending numerous workshops and public lectures."
"I very much enjoy the diversity and complexity of my courses. I am able to learn not only the languages but also get to know Scandinavian culture. On top of that, thanks to the politics part of my programme I am able to see issues discussed in my other courses in a broader perspective.
"Language courses are quite intensive. Especially being a non-native English speaker and studying several foreign languages, it is challenging to use so many languages on a day-to-day basis. Moreover, anyone choosing Scandinavian Studies should prepare himself or herself to do a lot of reading.
"The most rewarding thing about my degree is feeling that I am pushing myself to my limits each and every day. I have not had a day in Edinburgh yet, after which I haven't felt like I have learned something new and fascinating."
I very much enjoy diversity and complexity of my courses. I am able to learn not only the languages but also get to know Scandinavian culture. On top of that, thanks to the Politics part of my degree I am able to see issues discussed in my other courses in a broader perspective.
"Language skills are universal. My programme enables me not only to speak in a different language but also makes me more aware of subtle cultural differences. The year abroad is a great way to put yourself in a new, unknown situation. It teaches flexibility and persistence, much needed in the job market.
"I am also learning a broad range of skills including very specific ones, like speaking a language that is less popular, and thus I am not worried about finding a job that will suit me in the future."