“I came to Stockholm University because I wanted something different. Everyone I know in China who goes abroad to study seems to go to the UK or USA. Sweden felt different,” says Jia. “Besides, I’m a massive fan of Ingmar Bergman.”
The Bergman archive at Stockholm University is one of the main attractions for foreign graduate students.
“It’s fantastic to be in a department with such an important film resource,” says Jia, who doesn’t rule out staying on in Sweden to do doctoral research in Cinema Studies. “Bergman and the Swedish film industry is known around the world. I wanted to learn more about it.”
Before coming to Stockholm Jia worked as a producer of documentaries in China and worked in the film industry.
“I love studying, but I’m not necessarily intending to go for an academic career,” explains Jia, “but I might try and do a doctorate here. A graduate qualification from Stockholm really means something for me. It’s a brilliant way of exploring my own interest in foreign film.”
It’s not all work though. Since arriving Jia has got involved in the student activities on campus, joining the orchestra and doing a lot of dancing.
“I’ve made so many friends both on my course and outside. I’ve developed just as much as a person as well as a student. I’d never tried dance in China but I’ve got so involved here. It’s been such a great part of my time at the uni.”
The Master’s Programme in Cinema Studies at Stockholm University offers advanced studies in the theory, history and aesthetics of cinema and the moving image.
“I’m really satisfied with the teaching here,” says Jia. “I feel the staff are very knowledgable. The classes are very good.”
Attracting students from all over the world, seminars and lectures for the course have a strong international feel.
“I don’t speak Swedish,” says Jia, “But it’s not been a problem because everyone speaks English. Great English!”
Excited by the course modules she’s taking in her second year, Jia has no hesitation in recommending Stockholm for Cinema Studies.
“Film is in my blood. I’m definitely in the right place!”