Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design student ambassador Elif Ceren
Introducing Elif Ceren Yilmaz
Hi! My name is Elif Ceren and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's programme in Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design. I am happy to answer questions you might have about the programme, courses, student life, life in Lund and Sweden. Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships or residence permits.
After I finished my Bachelor's in Architecture in Turkey, I completed a minor programme in city planning and worked in an engineering company for six months. However, I always wanted to continue my education in energy-efficient building design. When I was researching Master's programmes, I came across this programme in Lund and it became my top choice.
My experience so far
I have been enjoying this programme even though it can be very challenging sometimes. The most challenging part for me probably is working in groups in each course. Because energy-efficient building design requires a multidisciplinary approach, it is important to learn how to work with people from other disciplines. What I really like about the programme is that it comprises both theory and practice courses. Therefore, we can use knowledge obtained during theoretical courses in project design ones. When I look back at the first year of my studies, I can see how much I have learnt and improved myself.
Living in Sweden has been an amazing experience so far. Having international students around me has made everything easier for me. Campus Helsingborg, where this programme is taught, is less than 15 minutes away from the city centre if you walk, so it is conveniently nearby if you want to have fika with friends. Because it is a compact city, it is possible to walk or cycle almost everywhere. It is still impressive for me to see how people from all age groups use the bicycle as the main means of transport here. And it is incredible to live in a city next to the sea where I can appreciate the view of Helsingør, a city in Denmark, and watch long and beautiful sunsets.
There are a couple of things I wish I had known before coming, but to me the most important one is the lack of sunlight. I didn’t know how much this could affect my well-being. Fortunately, there are some ways to deal with this issue; taking supplements, most importantly vitamin D, and having friends around helped me to overcome dark days.