Lately, I’ve been getting numerous emails from newly admitted students with their questions and doubts. So I thought why not to compile them and put them in a blog post so that it can help others too.
Here are the frequent questions I’ve been getting.
Questions related to Master’s Programmes & results
I’ve been placed at Number ## on the reserve list for my programme, what are the chances of me getting selected in the second notification of results?
Sadly, there is no fixed prediction for that, every department has different stats and it is not necessary if reserve list number 20 got selected last year, then it will get selected this year as well. It’s up to the programme directors and other people involved with admissions to take that decision if they find the applications in reserve list good enough for their standards, then they will accept.
If you are selected, you will be notified via university admission at the second round of selection results on 21 April, Until then Hold tight 🙂
How is the Masters in ### program at KTH?
If you are asking this question after getting an admit from a university, I am not sure how you decided to apply here. Anyway, if you just happened to apply to a programme, and also got acccepted, and now you are not sure if it is good or not, then here’s what I have to say: Most of the Master’s programmes are good at KTH, that’s the reason behind the good reputation of the university. The question that you should be asking is about the future prospects of that programme. This again can be divided into two parts or even three: If you want to work at a company, or do a Ph.D. or maybe start your own company.
If working at a company is your plan, do some research about the companies related to your field in Stockholm or Sweden as a whole, eventually, these are the guys who are your future employers. If Ph.D. is on your radar, and you want to do it at KTH, then go to the website of your School and look up for Ph.D. candidates, in fact, contact them and get their perspective on the hot topics in that field’s research and then check if they coincide with your interests. If you want to start your own company, then KTH is surely the right place for you, there are plenty of incubators and the overall startup scene is very good in Stockholm.
If you are curious to know which companies come to KTH during the career fair, have a look at the Armada Website.
Can I defer my admission to next year?
No, If you cannot join the programme this year. You need to make a fresh application next year.
Can I change the Master’s programme after being selected?
No. Although, you are free to chose different courses relavant to your interests.
Is there any Facebook group where I can find others going to KTH this year?
There is no official group, but I found one of the active groups recently, and I’ve joined it too. I’ll be posting blogs useful for new students there as well.
Questions related to study at KTH
What is the batch strength at KTH?
First thing, there is no such thing as “batch”, there are selection groups in various programmes and number of people selected in your selection group is mentioned on universityadmissions.se, there are no fixed number of “seats” and the number can be varying every year upon the number of candidates.
If by batch you mean number of students sitting in a class, then it entirely depends upon the course, some courses have students from various different programmes attending it, for example in one of the recent courses on Project Management, we were 200+ students, and we were always sitting in the biggest lecture halls of KTH. While in another course, which was advanced level elective course, we were just 13 students. Usually, mandatory courses have higher participants compared to elective courses.
How does the academic quarter system work? What is different from a semester system.
If you are unaware of this, Sweden follows the system of academic quarters, which are called “Study Periods”, every semester is divided into two study periods. This adds up to 4 study periods in every academic year. Each study period is 15 credits, and usually, most of the courses are 7.5 credits each, this means you’ll be taking 2 courses in every study period. Which, in many ways, I find very good for focusing on the courses.
However, it is not enforced to study 2 courses every study period. Some students choose to take just one course if they don’t find any course of their choice in a particular study period while some brave-souls also take 3 courses in one study period. This may be a compulsion in some situations when one of the courses you take spans over two study periods. For example, during the second study period of my second year, I was studying 4 courses.
Questions related to Funding, Scholarships, Jobs etc (MONEY STUFF)
When are the scholarship results being announced?
The Scholarship selection process is already carried out, and all scholarships have been awarded. Should a scholarship be turned down, you will be notified by the Scholarship selection group.
There are no other KTH-related scholarships. The results of SISS scholarship will be announced on April 10.
I haven’t received any funding for my first year, what are the chances of getting a one year scholarship in the Second year?
If you have all exceptional grades in the first year, then you have chances of getting that scholarship, remember it is only given to 30 students annually. It isn’t entirely in your hand to score exceptional grades, for example in my programme there were some courses which were so advanced that 50% people failed and rest didn’t score very well either, so it’s not always cake walk to score good grades. Always have fallback plans.
How many hours are international students allowed to work part time?
There’s no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, it’s important to keep your studies as your first priority – even when you don’t have many classroom hours, you’re expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour workweek reading and working on assignments.
How to find part-time jobs or Internships?
I wrote a detailed blog post on this topic, READ IT HERE.
Can we apply for jobs in other countries after our masters?
You’re free to apply for jobs in any country, in any country you are supposed to get a work permit which applies for Sweden too. However, for paid internships and summer jobs, you can apply to Sweden only.
Can we find jobs without knowing Swedish?
Of course, however, with knowledge of Swedish, your chances of finding job increase many-fold as small companies tend to give preference to applicants who know the language.
Do they prefer locals over the international applicants?
There is no discrimination on the basis of nationality, though knowing the language gives you an edge.
Can we do thesis/projects/internships at companies?
Yes, I’m doing my thesis at Volvo right now, while some of my friends are working on their thesis projects at Ericsson, Scania, Telia etc. Same goes for internships and summer jobs.
And another question. Do interns pay taxes in Sweden?
If your annual earnings are above 18,800 SEK, then you’ll have to pay taxes. Scholarships and stipends are non-taxable.
Do we get the freedom for semester exchange programs and doing thesis projects outside?
KTH has exchange agreements with numerous universities across the globe, you can go to another university for a semester exchange during your masters. Keep a track of KTH Global web page for more information.
Fee paying students?
What is the fee structure? How do I pay it?
In most of the programmes, the tuition fee is 77 500 SEK per semester, which adds to 310 000 SEK for the complete programme. You can pay it on the KTH Payment Portal or through bank transfer to KTH account (details are given on the tuition fee invoice).
Payment of apartment rent is also done on the same portal if you get an accommodation through KTH.
When will I get the tuition fee invoice?
All the invoices for fee paying students will be sent after second notification of results, that will be somewhere in Last week of April. The first tuition payment is due by May 31; if it is not paid by then, you lose your place in the programme. Which means you’ll have one month window to pay your tuition fee.
What is the validity of Residence permit?
The initial residence permit is valid for one year, and you need to extend it again next year. The criteria for that is, you should have completed a minimum of 15 credits, which generally means you should have passed in at least two courses out of the 8 courses in first year. (8 courses is not a fixed number, but usually 70% of courses are 7.5 credits)
Six months of stay back time after master’s is enough?
I guess it’s enough to find jobs, otherwise staying six months unemployed is a big expense in itself.
Food, Housing & Life
How about being a vegetarian there? Can we get Indian food there?
I’m a vegetarian and I have faced no problems in last two years in finding anything. There are plenty of Indian shops and you can get almost everything, even patanjali products are available in Stockholm.
Is it better to get an apartment through KTH or should I find one myself?
You should consider yourself lucky that KTH is giving you a guaranteed accommodation. As one of my friends said, Finding accommodation in Stockholm is tougher than finding jobs. So don’t think twice, take the KTH accommodation, I don’t think there is any cheaper option. SSSB corridor apartments are a bit cheaper compared to the apartments on KTH campus, but you have to be in a queue for almost one year to have a chance to bid on it (Register in the queue as soon as you get a personal number in Sweden and student union membership). If you’re not a fee-paying student and there is no guaranteed accommodation for you, start looking from now.
You will get a link to apply for accommodation on your email from KTH as soon as the portal opens up, you can apply only after paying the tuition fees.
Do we also get food at the accommodation?
NO, learn to cook. This is a frequent question I get from my Indian friends who are used to living in hostels, PGs or at home where food is something you don’t have to worry about. If you are moving out of India, start learning to cook. Otherwise, life is going to be very tough and expensive for you. Everything that you like, learn to cook it perfectly.
How cold are winters, is it easy to survive?
Let me quote a famous saying There is no such thing as bad weather, it’s just bad clothing. So the summary is, if you have right clothes on, then there is no problem. I’ve been out making snowman at -10°C and enjoyed it. The coldest I’ve seen in the last couple of years is -19°C, but it’s not brutal, all the apartments are centrally heated so the only time you need layers of clothing is when going outdoors. There’s a blog I wrote about winter’s, read it here.
There is a detailed FAQ page that I have made for the frequent questions I get, please go through it if you don’t find the answer to your question here. If you still don’t have questions, Send me an email or drop your queries in the comments. You can expect for quicker and more elaborate responses on email compared to Facebook.