You can feel that you are part of the university and not just using it!

The tests and tasks are fair and the student’s always receive feedback from these

André Passanesi from Brazil. MSc in Sound and Vibration at Chalmers. Winner of the Sweden - Brazil Scholarship Challenge, 2013.

Mechatronics has a lot in common with Sound and Vibration.

Since the time I was deciding which bachelor’s programme to study, I have always maintained an interest in the field of Sound and Vibration. I wished to understand the physics of sound propagation and the technologies used in this area. However, it is difficult to find a programme that focuses on this subject in Brazil, and thus, I decided to study Mechatronic Engineering. At a first glance these two areas can seem very far apart, but having had the opportunity to come into contact with both, I can say that the Mechatronics degree has given me a great background to the study of Sound and Vibration because a lot of the acquired knowledge from one field can be applied to the other.

A university's website can tell you a lot.

My initial decision to study at Chalmers University of Technology came while participating in the Sweden Brazil 2013 Scholarship Challenge. In this challenge, I had to decide whether I would like to apply to Chalmers or another Swedish university. When I was presented this choice, I knew little of both universities and here is one of the most important things I’ve learned because of this: a university’s website can usually tell you very important information about that universities values and main focuses, and even if different websites may initially look similar, reading through them will definitely let you discover the important differences present. Thus, I learned that Chalmers - is a top tier university which is strongly influenced by the concept of sustainability, values group work and innovation, and has a very good relation with industry. These aspects made me realize that Chalmers was the university I wanted to study in.

The professors and students are on first name basis with each other.

Now, having studied at Chalmers for approximately 7 months, I have been able to confirm my initial finding and discover much more. The first and main point I’ve really come to love at my new university is the relationship between student and professors. Here, at least in my experience, students call their professors by the first name, professors are always open to sort out questions the students might have during and after classes and they are very open to suggestions and discussions about the teaching and evaluation methods.

Another important characteristic I’ve observed is the excellent relationship with industry, allowing students to acquire real world experience and become more attractive in the job market. Another aspect I cherish a lot is that tests and tasks are fair and the student’s always receive feedback from these. This might sound silly, but at my previous university I would not get corrected reports or exams returned to me, and this is essential for the learning process.

Also, Chalmers has a great infrastructure, with excellent laboratories, modern equipment, a great library and a lively student life, which all come together to facilitate learning. Lastly, one of my favourite things about Chalmers is how international it is, letting you come into contact with many different cultures and teaching you much about the world.

André Vinícius Viacava Passanesi - My Bio:

  • MSc in Sound and Vibration, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (September 2013 – present)
  • B.Sc. in Mechatronic Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo (University of São Paulo), Brazil (Jan 2007 - Dec 2012)
  • Email:

Text: André Passanesi
Edited by: Abhilash Ram
Photo: Private

Related links

Masters Programme in Sound and Vibration
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sweden-Brazil Scholarship Challenge
Country Specific Information for the Federative Republic of Brazil
Charm - A committee of the Student Union which enables contact between students and companies.

Published: Mon 02 Jun 2014. Modified: Mon 25 Jan 2016