For Hector Malcolm from South Lochs, studying at Lews Castle College UHI led him to Scandinavia – specifically the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Alnarp, Sweden. Hector has been in Alnarp since January, continuing his BA (Hons) Sustainable Development degree through ERASMUS, the EU’s student exchange programme. Here, Hector, shares his thoughts on studying both locally and internationally, and what drew him to learn about Sustainable Development in the first place.

What made you want to study at Lews Castle College UHI?

I first decided to study at LCC after realising that university didn't have to mean moving away from home and that our own wee island has so much more to offer than young people might first think. The staff and students are great craic and living at home means Mum’s baking is being put to good use!

I chose to study Sus Dev, as now and in the future, the world is going to have to accept that change is inevitable. People, places, companies, businesses are all going to have to become more sustainable, and so my employability will be a great advantage.

Why did you initially choose to study abroad?

I chose to do ERASMUS to simply broaden my horizons and have fun! To experience life in another country fascinated me. It really was that simple. The actual choice of Sweden didn't really matter. Anywhere was great to me, I am glad it was Sweden.

What have your classes been like?

Sweden, as a country, is thought of as being more sustainable than most, and it is true in part. My studies are much more focused on how you can make a difference, rather than real-world examples. In this sense, I think my time abroad has opened me up to new ways of thinking and new ways of testing myself. I myself have definitely become more sustainable by living here.

What has living in Sweden been like so far?

Living in Sweden has been the best thing I've ever done. I've met people from all corners of the globe, made friends for life, joined clubs, travelled to places I didn't know existed six months ago, and at times I didn't want this experience to end. But all good things come to an end and I can't wait to get back to bonnie Scotland. Caledonia is calling me, and I'm going home!

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For more information on studying at Lews Castle College UHI, you can read the 2020-21 prospectus here. To find out more about the BA (Hons) Sustainable Development course Hector is enrolled on, visit the department webpage.

And to follow Hector’s Swedish adventures, you can find him on Instagram, Twitter, or his blog, Marvig 2 Malmo.