for Adam Ekberg, a master’s student in conservation who headed off to University College in London in January as an exchange student.
WHY LONDON AND UCL?
My study counsellor told me that the University of Gothenburg had just reached an agreement with UCL and that I had the opportunity to go there. London sounded big but attractive. I chose UCL because both the university and the department have an excellent reputation.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT IN LONDON?
A great deal! I feel that I’ve learnt new things in different ways during my time at UCL. I’ve also developed as a person through my exchange studies. I’ve come to know London as a city, and I’ve made new friends.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO END YOUR EXCHANGE SEMESTER?
The choice of courses at UCL didn’t really work, and their semesters are divided up differently to the University of Gothenburg’s calendar. I found out quite early on that I wouldn’t be able to study at UCL for the full spring semester and would have to find some other solution.
The solution was to start looking for work as a settlement archaeologist in Sweden. I applied for a handful of jobs, but it’s hard to get to job interviews in Sweden when you live in London. Eventually, I got a job as a building conservation consultant in Gothenburg. My first job will involve project managing and writing the control programme for the buildings and environments affected by the West Link railway tunnel.