Declan Cannon.
Declan Cannon.

Please tell us a bit about you and your background?

- I’m from Glasgow, Scotland, where I’ve been studying politics for several years. I have studied one year at the University of Strathclyde before I came here.

Why did you choose to study political science here in Sweden?

- Actually the main reason why I chose Scandinavia was that I knew that a lot of people speak and understand English here, so I thought it would be easier to adapt. Then I have a couple of friends that had been to Stockholm and they said it was a nice city. I also love winter so I hoped that I would see some snow.

What are your thoughts on the studies and Stockholm?

- I really enjoy the studies here and it has been easy to adapt. Here I do one class at a time instead of doing several classes simultaneously as we do in Glasgow. I actually prefer having one class at a time; I think we learn more this way.

Stockholm is a beautiful city and it feels very safe. It is also very easy to navigate here. I was lucky and found a place to stay very easy through the University’s housing office.

What is the best thing about studies abroad?

- Getting to know people from other cultures. And living on your own somewhere that is completely foreign to you is really exciting.

What do you want to work with when you finished your education?

- I have no concrete plan. I chose to study politics because I think it is very interesting. Maybe I will do my postgrad abroad and then I might work within the local communities in Scotland where I could incorporate my interest in politics.

Finally, do you have any advice to give to international students who are thinking about studies at Stockholm University?

- The first month is overwhelming when you move abroad. I really struggled the first couple of weeks. But then it subsides and you just have so much fun, you get to meet great people and see cool places. So just work past the first weeks and then I guarantee that it will be fun!

Name: Declan Cannon            
Age: 20 years old
From: Scotland, University of Strathclyde