Interview series with alumni of the Swedish Institute: Dmytro Iarovyi
The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency aimed at developing lasting relationships with people and institutions in other countries. One of SI’s activities is to provide scholarships and grants to Ukrainians wanting to study in Sweden. The Embassy wanted to find out more about the experiences of the Ukrainians who went to Sweden to study and what they have been up to since. We therefore contacted a handful of active SI alumni and asked them about their time in Sweden. Their stories will be published during October.
Dmytro Iarovyi, originally from the Luhansk region, is the current Head of international communications at the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. A few years ago, Dmytro was looking for opportunities to study abroad and, according to him, Sweden offered the best
combination of affordability and quality. After receiving a grant from the Swedish Institute, Dmytro spent two years studying International Administration and Global Governance at Gothenburg University.
“It was the brightest experience of my life”, says Dmytro. “The teachers were great. Moreover, thanks to the practical component of my course, I was able to do a two month internship in New York for the delegation of Ukraine to the UN”.
Dmytro’s study abroad experience involved a good portion of sight-seeing and leisure. He was pleased with Gothenburg’s mix of big city clubs and small town cycling lanes, and considers it his “favorite city in the world”. Being part of an SI-programme also allowed him to form lasting connections with international students. Thanks to an SI-organized kickoff at the start of the academic year, Dmytro met other SI-students and made a great group of friends. Together they rented a car and travelled all around Europe.
Upon returning to Ukraine, Dmytro was so inspired by his time abroad that he decided to continue promoting his experiences and values from Sweden. As an active member of SI’s alumni network, Dmytro has co-hosted a workshop on leadership with the help of SI’s funding. He has also independently hosted a workshop on public broadcasting for Ukrainian students and SI alumni.
Dmytro wholeheartedly recommends the SI’s programmes to other Ukrainians looking for a European experience and has tirelessly promoted study abroad opportunities. “For those who want to learn about good practice in governance and administration, with a uniquely Swedish perspective on gender and development, studying in Sweden is an invaluable opportunity. I would highly recommend applying for these scholarships – if I could, I would do it again and again.”
You can find out more about SI and the different scholarships available at https://eng.si.se/areas-of-operation/scholarships-and-grants/ and on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/swedishinstitutescholarships.
For general information about studying abroad in Sweden, please visit www.studyinsweden.se. The applications for studying in Sweden open on the 17th of October.