Maria Julia Martins

​I am Maria Julia from Brazil and I am doing a Master’s in Design and Construction Project Management at Chalmers. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from  the Federal University of Santa Catarina in the city of Florianopolis located on a beautiful island in the South of Brazil, where I also come from.

Maria Julia Cordoso MartinsWhy Chalmers? Why Sweden?

After I completed my Bachelor’s studies, I worked as an architect in a construction company in Rio de Janeiro for almost two years, but then I realised that I wanted to do something else. I then decided I wanted to specialize in project management so I found this Master’s programme at Chalmers that was perfect for me. It is not only project management but also fully connected to the construction industry.
Coming to Chalmers was the best decision I’ve done in my life. I am so happy with my life in Sweden and at Chalmers that I decided to stay here for a while (or forever) after my studies. I can already notice the positive aspects that Chalmers has brought to my life now and will bring  in the future, as a professional and as person.
My Swedish friends always ask me why I left such a beautiful and sunny country to come to Sweden and my answer is always the same: I could not be happier with my choice. The weather here on winter time... well, honestly it’s not my favourite thing in Sweden but it doesn’t matter. I love everything else and I feel so welcome here!

Chalmers and the industry

In my first year at Chalmers I had the opportunity to visit three job fairs at the university: one at  the Civil Engineering Department, one at the Architecture Department and one for the whole university. I had the chance to meet many Swedish and international companies that I could be interested in working with, either for my Master’s thesis  or in the future.
I also found a summer job at a Swedish company. It will take place this summer and I am very excited to have my first professional experience in Sweden. Besides that, in my course we had many guest lecturers from the construction industry and I now have  a greater view on my profession.
As a Student Ambassador I will tell you about interesting things going on at Chalmers, in Gothenburg and in Sweden. Vi ses!  (See you!)

My Bio:

  • Msc Design and Construction Project Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (September 2014 – present)
  • BSc Architecture and Urban Planning, the Federal University of Santa Catarina , Florianopolis
  • My email address:
Text: Maria Julia Martins
Edited bydited by: Oana Georgescu
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