Admitted to KTH? What next !!!

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 As of August 2017, this post is outdated.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.

Finances

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.

Network

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.

Tickets

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.

Learn Cooking

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.

Shopping

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.

15 thoughts on “Admitted to KTH? What next !!!

  1. Shamsul Arefin

    Really many many thanks for a nice brief.
    Unfortunately I didn’t apply for SI scholarship this year. I got Conditionally admitted notification due to non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.

    It is difficult for my family to bear the cost of tuition fee. Is it possible to manage scholarship at this moment?

  2. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Shamsul,
    Unfortunately, there is no provision to apply for scholarships after the announcement of results. I hope you can find other sources of funding and are able to join the programme.

    All the best.

  3. Artika

    “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.”

    Oh my…this sentence really touching… :'(

    Hope I can do that soon after I get the result from SI scholarship. See you at KTH! 😉

  4. Philicia

    I was so confused as to whether I should apply for a job during the remaining few months but I have got an answer now. I have just been admitted to KTH but waiting for SI scholarship. I want to spend more time with my child since I won’t be able to move with him to Sweden, its quite a difficult situation but its for the best of our future.

    Do you know where I can get blogs on Software Engineering program experience at KTH?

  5. Sawan Singh

    I have been placed on 30 in the reserve list. From the statistics site of university admissions I saw that last year 43 students were admitted in second round in my selection group. Do I have a good chance ?

  6. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Sawan, I don’t know which programme you have applied to. But in my experience, 10+ in reserve list is a tough chance. The way it works is, if n number of people pull out(don’t accept the offer) in a programme, the programme incharge/director have a choice to chose from the reserve candidates. If they feel the reserve list candidates fulfill the criteria for the programme, they will select them.

  7. sawan singh

    Hello abhineet,

    I applied for embedded system. Does the number of student admitted in the second round in a perticular group include the reserve students? Last year 43 were admitted in my selection group in second round.
    Thank u for you reply.

  8. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hello Sawan,

    I am not 100% sure, a couple of years ago one of my friends applied and was on the reserve list at #15, and he didn’t clear it, but it changes every year on the basis of the number of applicants and their profiles. So there is no fixed trend.

  9. Calvin Antony A

    Hi ,

    I have been placed on waiting list for Industrial Management. The waiting list number is 6. Do I have good chance to enter the programme ?. Please advice on this.

  10. Rahul

    Hi,

    I am from India. You advised to buy a laptop from India is cheaper but say I order it online from amazon.com and pay shipment fee if applicable (and its way cheaper than indian amazon because Rupee is strong now a days). Viable option?

  11. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Hi Rahul,

    It’s not a viable option, you pay an import duty of 25% on anything above 500 SEK. I guess then it won’t be so cheap.

  12. Rahul

    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply. Then how about amazon.co.uk or amazon.nl. Will the same rules apply to within EU? I filled in the address of Sweden and Microsoft surface book is available for Rs.90k from UK, whereas in India Rs. 1.5 lakh.

  13. Abhineet Tomar Post author

    Then you don’t pay custom but you still pay VAT, which again makes it expensive! I haven’t bought anything this way. Also there’s another issue, whichever country you get it from you get their keyboard layout, which is annoying (Macbooks have an option for international layouts in some of the countries).

    This is the info I found out about VAT.

    VAT

    You need to pay VAT is calculated as a percentage (VAT rate) of the price of the goods.

    The seller will calculate VAT based on either the VAT rate of the Member State from which the goods are shipped to the buyer (which is usually the Member State from which the goods are bought) or the VAT rate of the Member State into which the goods are shipped.

    The VAT rate applied by the seller depends principally on the distance sales thresholds for intra-EU Business to Consumer (B2C) supplies of goods. They are determined by the Member State of destination (€ 35 000 or € 100 000). A seller has to check the total amount (without VAT) of distance sales in any one calendar year and also in the previous one:

    if that amount is lower than the threshold adopted by the Member State of destination, the seller can apply the VAT rate of the Member State from which the goods are sent;
    if that amount is higher than the threshold approved by the Member State of destination, the seller can apply the VAT rate of the Member State into which the goods are sent.
    You can check the VAT rates applied in each countrySearch for available translations of the preceding link••• .

    The principles mentioned don’t apply to supplies of second-hand goods, works of art, collectors’ items or antiques and second-hand means of transport, which have special arrangements.

    There will be many cases when the seller will not inform you of the applicable VAT rate.

    If the seller is required by the national regulation to issue an invoice, you will have the information about the VAT rate that has been applied.

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