Photograph of Rastko Perisic and friends
Rastko Perisic [far left] - studying for an International Master’s in Cinema Studies - with friends

Rastko is studying at the Department of Media Studies and his programme – International Master’s in Cinema Studies - focuses on the theory, history and aesthetics of cinema and the moving image. Like all international Master’s programmes at the University, it runs over two years. 

“Stockholm was my first and only choice when it came to furthering my interest in Cinema Studies,” says Rastko. “I'd heard a lot of good things about it so it felt like a natural choice to come here.”

“I would definitely recommend Stockholm University to prospective students,” he says. “The Cinema Studies programme has a strong theoretical base, and is taught by both the department and faculty as well as visiting professors. They are very open-minded and encouraging, which I appreciate. It's a great place to develop academically.”

As well as being positive about the programme he's taking, Rastko speaks highly of life in Stockholm, and Sweden in general. 

“It's a pleasant country. The people seem to be very open-minded and liberal. They appreciate people from all walks of life and cultures,” says Rastko. “But you’d better be prepared for the winter! If you're from a warmer climate you need to be aware that the winters are cold here and it's very dark between November and February.”

In spite of the seasonal cold and darkness, Rastko has no qualms about encouraging other international students to consider studying in the Swedish capital. 

“There's always something to do here whether it's the cinema, clubs, restaurants and cafés,” says Rastko. “One thing everyone who comes here quickly learns is that Swedes like to 'fika' (pronounced fee-ka),” which roughly means to ritually take time out and chat with friends and colleagues over coffee and cake.

For Rastko, free time is spent out in the countryside and the nature surrounding the city.

“It's not difficult to do here in Stockholm,” he says. “You're never far away from the archipelago or countryside and it's easy to get about with public transport. I compose a lot of music and get a lot of inspiration out in the Swedish nature. I'm also discovering more about the country's heritage and trying to learn Swedish, of course.”

Whilst international Master’s programmes are taught in English, all international students that come to the University are offered the chance to attend free Swedish language lessons on campus, which can be a great way of getting started. 

Although most Swedes generally speak good English, and are happy to do so, the locals appreciate it if visitors to the country learn how to say “tack”, which means “thank you”, and “varsågod”, meaning “you're welcome”. 

Coming to a foreign country is always a bit of a shock, but Rastko was lucky enough to get accommodation through the University’s International Office. 

“They organised a flat in the student apartment complex in walking distance of campus. This was great. It's given me a starting point to try and find a flat in the city in the future. ” 

Already Rastko Perisic is starting to feel at home in Stockholm. 

“I've made a lot of good friends here, and I'm really enjoying my course.”

Text: Jon Buscall