19 May 2014

Mitchell Connolly, Exchange to KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Mitchell Connolly describes his semester exchange at KTH Stockholm in Sweden, as one of the most valuable and enjoyable experiences of his academic life.

“Do it!! Just do it.”

RMIT Program: Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

Global Program: Exchange

Destination: Stockholm, Sweden

Mitchell’s decision to study a semester overseas as part of his undergrad studies in urban planning at RMIT was “one of the most valuable and enjoyable decisions of (his) academic life so far.” Studying urban design and planning at KTH in Stockholm enabled Mitchell to see examples of Sweden’s world-leading sustainable urban planning first hand, which allowed him to see there are many improvements that can be made to Australian urban planning.

Mitchell made the most of exchange outside of the classroom as well, exploring Sweden and the rest of Europe, and making new friends from all around the world. He immersed himself in Swedish traditions and culture, by volunteering for a few days on a traditional farm in Scania, hiking above the arctic circle in Abisko national park, going to a Swedish Midsummer Party (with crayfish and schnapps out in the Stockholm archipelago) and doing fika (a social event with coffee and cake) with his new Swedish friends.

Mitchell would recommend exchange to anyone; “it really is an amazing way to try new things and see what you’re studying in a new light.”

Enjoying the Swedish landscape

Image by exchange student Mitchell Connolly