NOTE: The application period for Autumn 2018 will start in Mid October 2017. This post contains general information relevant to the process for Autumn 2017 term. Please check the KTH web page after the start of the application period to verify any changes in the application process. As of August 2017, this post is outdated.
I’d begin by congratulating everyone who made it to KTH in the first notification of results announced today.
Since you would be coming to Stockholm in this autumn, I have planned to gather as much information as I can to ease up and streamline the things to do in coming months.
To save you from the trouble of going through various blogs looking for what you want, I have created a dedicated page with links to information published by not just me, but all of the bloggers at KTH.
I’d suggest you bookmark this page – Let me take you to Stockholm and subscribe to this blog.
There is a dedicated page on the KTH website for new students – Welcome to KTH, keep a track of it. This will be updated time-to-time with all the relevant information for new students, e.g. pre-arrival information, arrival introduction activities, etc.
What next ??
Now moving on to a short summary of things that you’ll have to do in coming months.
First things first
Accept the offer: You’ll need to reply to the offer on universityadmissions.se before April 12, 2017. Read more about it here.
If you’re placed on the reserve list, keep calm and wait for the second notification.
Destination Sweden pre-departure event: If you’re from India, you’ll get an invitation to register for the Destination Sweden predeparture seminar, which is held at Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi. Don’t miss it, it’s a nice way to socialize with your future classmates and some present students of KTH as well, and most importantly you’ll be given information about the process for applying for the Residence Permit by the representatives from Embassy of Sweden.
Don’t forget to apply for accommodation and participate in the events and activities offered by the student union, you’ll get emails for all of them in the coming months.
If you’re looking for a study loan, I’ll suggest you to start working on it as soon as possible, no matter how easy they look in the beginning, my personal experience says that banks take an awful lot of time and formalities to get the money to you.
If you plan to bring any of your Indian Debit cards to Sweden, make sure it is a chip card, if not ask your bank to replace it.
Also, keep in mind to take a Forex card from any of the banks and fill it with some Swedish Kronor; however, this could be done only after you get your residence permit.
To pay the tuition fees, you’d get an Invoice from KTH soon.
I’ve received a lot of queries about the monthly expenses in Stockholm; you can read in details about it on this blog.
A lot of people also asked about the possibility of teaching assistantships, which is nearly impossible during the first year, as the bachelor’s programs are taught in Swedish in most of the departments, so you can’t contribute much to it if you don’t speak the language.
Try to get in touch with the other students who are coming to KTH in August 2017, and it’s highly beneficial to have a Facebook or WhatsApp group where you can share information and clear each others’ doubts.
Also, network with the present students of KTH who are studying your programme, and you can get some tips from them for sure.
Keep a track of the ticket prices, and don’t forget to get the extra baggage offer for students which most of the airlines offer. Try to reach Stockholm on one of the arrival days, as in that case you’ll be provided free transportation from Aiport to KTH, and may get a lot of information and stuff (SIM cards, pens, chocolates, welcome kits). Get in touch with everyone who is traveling with you. My suggestion is to come early (on the first arrival day), as you get ample time to settle before the classes, explore the place during the pleasant summer, and make friends.
Believe it or not, this is one of the most important advice I can offer to anyone coming here, you won’t like the high prices at restaurants at all. So better have a wide variety of recipes on your mind. Studying master’s is not a fairy tale that one shall just eat-sleep-study, you need to cook food, clean dishes, clean your apartment, buy grocery, do laundry, and yeah study. So be mentally prepared for this lifestyle. Make a list of all your favorite dishes, and ask your mom to teach you.
Some Personal Advice
If you’re working, I’d suggest you quit your job asap, spend few months with your family as you won’t be there with them for the festivals like every year, meet friends, travel. I did that, and I feel it was one of the best decisions to quit the job early and travel around 5000 kilometers to meet my friends and travel to some places which I was longing to go. So just make a list of things of all the things you want to do before you go away from your home country.
There is another piece of advice for the working people, brush off the dust from those books, and study some basics of the subjects you’re going to study here, working for a long time in the industry takes away the habit of studying, it’s good to get it back before you start your master’s.
Buy a good laptop and a good smartphone, these are expensive here and repairing is expensive as well, so if your gadgets are older than 3 years, bring them only if you’re really sure that they’ll last for two more years. If you wish to capture the beauty of Europe, buy a good camera as well.
Embedded Systems guys
I have something in mind for the people who are coming to join my program – Embedded Systems. I’ll be publishing blogs during June about the subjects I studied during the first year of my master’s, although that would be my own point of view, but I plan to publish the information that everyone wishes they know before studying any subject. Mostly it would be centered around the ways to make most out of the course and some overview of what’s it all about so that if it is one of your elective course, you can make an informed decision.
I’ll also suggest you follow (and possibly subscribe) to the Student Blogs, as we all would be focusing on writing useful stuff for new students during the following months.
If you have any specific questions or can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact me.