As a student on the master programme Science for Sustainable Development you can apply for exchange studies here:
Students have an opportunity to go on an study exchange to one of the program's partner universities. In order to apply students interested in exchange have to hand in the following no later than 1 February.
Information about the ESST association
The International M.Sc. Science for Sustainable Development is offered in co-operation with the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology (ESST). Membership in ESST involves collaboration and exchange with 17 other European universities.
Students at the programme may do studies and thesis work at another European university participating in ESST. Similar opportunities for study at Linköping University on an exchange basis are offered to students from other universities that take part in the programme.
Membership in ESST is a key asset of international M.Sc. Science for Sustainable Development. In addition to providing broader opportunities for students, international collaboration within ESST ensures that the Master’s Programme will be of high academic quality and close to the current frontiers of research in its field. The ESST website provides information about the ESST association and its members, the MA programme in ESST (curriculum, thesis guidelines, etc.), ongoing research projects, and alumni.
Students are encouraged to make use of the ESST website, since this is the main source of information concerning second semester specializations within ESST. It also provides complete information about the ESST calendar, curriculum and guidelines and procedures for thesis evaluation.
An interview with an ESST exchange student:
1.Name: Stavros Tsopakidis
Education/Program/Major: Bachelor in Economic Science from Athens University of Economics and Business
Master in European Studies of Society, Science and Technology –ESST from Maastricht University
Graduation Year: 2012
Current position (Position, Company name, city and country): Doing research in Linkoping University on Integrated Assessment Modeling.
2. Describe your job and the kind of projects in which you are involved.
My work is about conducting research in current developments regarding the modeling community and Integrated Assessment Modeling. I look into recent trends and developments in the field of IAM’s, the production of scientific knowledge by the modelers and their interactions with policy makers and the public.
3. Why did you choose the specialization at the master programme Science for Sustainable development, and why LiU?
I chose the specialization of Science for Sustainable Development because I am very interested in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. I believe that the challenges modern environmental policy faces today are more serious than any other period in time, therefore we need science to help us create a future based on sustainable growth and development. At the same time, we need to acknowledge the magnitude and inter-disciplinary character of this problem so that we take in time the proper steps and initiatives. I chose Linkoping University because the department of Thematic Studies - Water and Environmental Science is well known for its work on environmental and inter-disciplinary studies.
4. What have been the most useful and beneficial experiences from your education/from LiU and Sweden?
The academic environment in Linkoping University has helped me very much to accomplish my goals regarding my specialization. I found the courses in Climate Science and Policy particularly interesting and I gained from it valuable knowledge concerning the object of my thesis. All the academic stuff in LiU, my professors, supervisor and administration officials was friendly and helpful and the quality of the facilities in TEMA and campus Valla was exceptional and greatly helped me in my research.
5. Any advice for prospective LiU students (especially ESST students) on specialization on the master programme Science for Sustainable Development?
Students that will come in Linkoping University to do their specialization need to have in mind that the main focus of their course will be climate science, so they need to be prepared to engage with “hard science” and laboratory work. This can be really helpful for ESST students, as it is a first class opportunity to watch science in action, according to Bruno Latour’s tradition. Furthermore, it will help their research if their subject is closely connected to environmental issues, as they can find many researchers with such expertise in LiU and TEMA institute in particular.
6. Other comments?
It is of great importance for students before they come to LiU to take care of all the practical issues that they have to, especially accommodation and transportation. Also they need to be prepared about the local weather conditions, which can be rather harsh during winter time. The conditions in general though, are excellent for doing academic work.
The programme is offered by two of the units at TEMA - The Department of Thematic Studies:
Last updated: 2012-11-12