Friday, May 15, 2009

A Change of Scenery?

Ever since I first traveled overseas, to Ireland in 2000, I have wanted to live in Europe. While my two years in Japan has left me with a love of Asia and a deep desire to move back there, I still haven't lost that desire to live in Europe too.

Luckily I now have that chance. Ever since 2003 I've pondered getting a Masters degree abroad, in Europe. I've visited schools, canvased web sites, and pondered degree programs galore.

I finally found one of major interest when my friend forwarded me the website for Lund University, in southern Sweden. Lund has a large selection of Masters programs taught in English, which given my lack of Swedish speaking ability is a plus, and more importantly has no tuition.

Yeah, you read that right, no tuition fees, even for international students. Now you still have to be able to cover expenses in one of the most expensive countries in the world, but that lack of tuition fees saves at least $15,000 a year right off the bat over your standard masters program.

You may wonder what this has to do with my life. Well, I found out last week that I was accepted to study at Lund University's Center for Asian Studies! Needless to say this is an amazing opportunity, and one that I am thrilled to have been offered. I'll have a very busy summer, but come fall I'll be going back to school, in Sweden!

I suppose I'll have to find a new name for the blog. From "Grant in Japan" to "A Guy in Shorts in a Nation in Pants" to "Kanazawa Tales" to "Denver Tales" this blog has gone through many a metamorphosis in its four year year life span, and it looks like I have another major change of scenery to come, and I look forward to the additional challenges and discoveries that lie in my future.


Island Auntie said...

With a name like EkeLUND, and your Swedish genes, this episode of your life, at LUND University, is like going "Back to the Future." Congratulations on being accepted and all the best as you trade the corporate world for your new role as an international graduate student.

Jen Jones said...

I'm sooo proud of you! I will mis you when you are gone, but I know you will do wonderfully there. :)

~Jenn~ said...

Very cool! Congratulations. I can't wait to see all the photos. :-)