Sarah Vogt

Sarah extends her textile knowledge beyond clothing

Sarah Vogt completed her Bachelor’s in Clothing Engineering and Management and wanted to extend her knowledge beyond clothing to learn more about other textile areas and their applications. She found what she was looking for at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås.

“My previous school didn’t offer any Master’s programmes in the engineering direction, so I started looking elsewhere. I was then told about the Master’s programme in Borås and really liked what was offered here and how well equipped the school was. I also didn’t find the decision very difficult to go to Sweden for a while.”

Sarah Vogt 
From: Hamburg, Germany
Studies: Master’s programme in Textile Engineering 
Previous studies: Bachelor’s studies in Clothing Engineering and Management, Germany at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

What are the studies like?

“In the first semester, we learned a lot about textile chemistry. We had sessions in the university’s different labs and got to melt-spin our own fibres. Then we also had some different courses, where we learned the steps it takes to develop a new product or more details about textile processing, technical textiles, and composites. In the third semester, we had a course that was probably my favourite, smart textiles. This course was very hands-on and project-based and gave the opportunity to kind of combine all previous courses into a final fun project.”

What is the best thing about your studies?

“For me, there are a lot of new things that I’m learning in this programme, which I really like. It is also nice to have access to labs, like the knitting or weaving lab, to use machines that I haven’t been able to before.”

Where do you prefer to be when you study?

“That depends on what I’m studying for. Personally, I don’t study in the library much; I prefer to do that at home. For group work I usually have used the university’s study rooms and during the last semester, I have spent a lot of time in the electronics lab.”

What will your final thesis be about?

“I will write my thesis about composites that are made from natural fibres in a hybrid yarn structure. I will study the product properties by making use of many of the devices in the university’s polymer lab, and I will also use simulation software, to compare simulated properties to reality.”

What are your future plans in five years?

“I don’t have very specific plans for the future right now. When I’m finished with my studies, I would like to move back to Germany for a while, preferably also to my hometown Hamburg. So I hope to find a job in around that area, but I’ll also consider other parts of Germany. I could imagine working in many different fields in the textile industry. In five years, I would like to have found out which field I like the most so that I can have a job that I really enjoy.”

What do you think about the Swedish School of Textiles?

“I like this school a lot; I think it has a lot to offer for textile students. It’s an interesting place to study at and it is very well-equipped. Compared to my previous university, there is a lot more machinery and labs for all kinds of areas and great staff to help you use them. There are also a lot more projects and research going on than I experienced before.”

And about Borås?

“Borås is a nice small city, which is especially beautiful in the summer. I like that it’s possible to walk to most places here, so I rarely need to take a bus. It is a pretty calm city, which can sometimes get a little bit too quiet when you come from a bigger city. But it is easy to get to Gothenburg or several other places from here if a change of scenery is needed. And the city is also full of students from many different countries, which is nice.”

What is your advice to new students for the Master's programme?

“Expect to be working a lot, especially in the beginning, and know that you will have a lot of courses in chemistry. But don’t be intimidated by it either; try to find a balance and participate in events like the introduction weeks. Don’t feel bad when you already need to study a lot while your friends are still enjoying the end of the summer; it will get better. Also expect to do a lot of group work and presentations, which is good practice. Try to get in touch with someone who has studied in Sweden before coming here. They can help you with all your questions and concerns; it helps a lot. Also, maybe, take a class in Swedish before coming here, so you already know some of the basics and you might meet someone with the same destination. But if you don’t, it is also easy enough to get along with English.”

Text: Solveig Klug
Photo: Alaa Alshakkour