Note: All the information here was written with Spring 2017 session in mind. If you are reading this web page after August 2017, some of the information might be outdated. Make sure to verify with the websites related to that topic.
Queries Related to Admission Process!
What is the admission process for Master’s programmes at KTH?
A detailed blog about Admission process can be found on >>>> this link
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What is the application period for Master’s programmes at KTH?
The application period for the session starting in August 2017 is October 17, 2016, to January 16, 2017.
In general, the application period is Mid October to Mid January every year.
I am in the final year of Bachelor’s, can I apply for a master’s programme.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order to, if qualified, received a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
What are the supporting documents to be uploaded?
A detailed list of documents can be seen on >>>> this link
What do you mean by specific requirements of the programme(s) chosen, can transcripts be a proof of it?
Depends on the programme you’re applying to, if they need any extra form/document to be filled, there would be a link to it on the programme web page, if there is no such thing, and the pre-requisites are based on the courses studied during your bachelor’s, then the transcripts shall suffice.
What should be the content supporting documents?
For detailed information Read this
What is the process of sending recommendation letters? Do we need to send them?
They should be uploaded/sent along with other documents, there is no special process for that, nor your recommender needs to do that.
Do we need to mail physical copies of documents or is it optional?
If you upload the documents, then you don’t need to send physical copies. When you are accepted into a programme, then the original documents would be verified once you arrive in Sweden.
Do I need to upload the scanned copy of the results of 12th and 10th?
10th and 12th mark sheets are not needed.
Do I need to upload a different letter of intent for different courses?
Your documents are received by university admissions office and they send the same set of documents to each university. If you are applying to similar programmes, you can write a generic letter of motivation.
However, if you are applying to different programmes. Then you have a choice to send different motivation letters; however, make sure that you specify the university and programme name at the top of the motivation letter.
My profile lacks a research inclination, should I apply a year later after strengthening my research.
MS is not necessarily a research programme at KTH and more than half of the graduates go on to work at the companies rather than going for the research based careers, so I don’t find this a worrisome reason.
Do I need to upload the course syllabus of academic levels I studied (B. Tech or 10+2)?
KTH doesn’t want it, some other universities like Chalmers ask for that, better you do that if you are applying to courses there as well.
Is a passport sufficient as Identification Document?
Yes, Passport is the only required document.
Can I apply during Spring Semester?
There is no spring intake for Master’s programmes.
Can I defer my admission to Next year?
No, you need to make a fresh application next year.
How do I convert my Credits to ECTS credits system?
Regarding the ECTS credits, typically 1.5 ECTS credits correspond to one week of full-time studies, or one year of full-time studies correspond to 60 ECTS credits.
A 4-year Bachelors programme has 240 ECTS credits, A 3-year Bachelors programme has therefore usually 180 ECTS credits; a 2-year Masters programme usually 120 ECTS credits.
One suggestion would therefore be to divide the lecture hours per course with the total number of lecture hours per year of full-time studies. Then you can multiply that percentage with 60 ECTS credits, which corresponds to one year of full-time studies.
If you are unsure about the accuracy of your credit conversion, you are allowed to add an appendix to the Summary Sheet where you explain in detail how your credit conversion was performed.
How do we convert GPA to ECTS?
There is no relation between GPA and Credits, so don’t spend time trying to find online tools to do that.
What do they precisely expect us to submit as a proof of “Relevant work experience”?
Your CV shall mention it, no need of any experience certificate. It would be good to mention about the work done in the motivation letter.
I need to know something about my programme, whom should I talk to?
What should I do to enhance my application?
Make sure to upload all the required documents mentioned there, write a good Motivation Letter (SoP) it has a very big role to play in your admission. Get some good recommendations as well. Regarding the other documents, I’ll like to highlight that your Motivation Letter(Personal Letter/SoP) and recommendations play a big role in addition to your academic credentials, so make sure you write a good one as your motivation letter is more of an insight to your reason for doing master’s so if you are convincing with that and you can align your achievements with the contents of the master’s programme, I feel you have a good chance to get selected, your CV plays a big role as well.
How important is a work experience before doing a Masters? Is it difficult for someone with no prior work experience to find a job there after a Masters?
Again, it plays a part, but it’s not the major determining factor. Having a job experience is a positive, but not having it is not a negative. More than 50% of my batch-mates don’t have any work experience between Bachelors and masters.
Does my TOEFL score enhance my application?
TOEFL is the qualification criteria, not any merit criteria, so if you fulfill the minimum requirements, it’s good to go.
I am willing to know what is the GPA criteria? and will my final year project have an impact on my selection as a master’s student?
There is not fixed GPA criteria unless mentioned in programme specific requirements, final year projects have a role as they are a part of your profile and determine your professional inclinations.
If not just GPA what is the selection criteria?
At KTH, your application is rated on various parameters like, your Grades, projects, work experiece, motivation letter, recommendations, publications, etc. Based on these, your application is rated on a scale of 1 – 75 which eventually becomes the basis of selection.
Frequent queries related to Scholarships and Funding!!
Does KTH provide any financial support in the form of scholarships/assistantships? How difficult is it, to get such a financial support from KTH?
It’s not the easiest thing, read here about the opportunities
What are the chances of getting kth 1-year scholarship i.e. scholarship for 2nd-year studies? and on what criteria it is given?
It is given solely on the basis of grades, so get all A/B grades and you hold a chance.
Frequent queries related to process after admission!!
I got accepted to KTH, what do I do now?
When and how do I pay tuition fees?
To pay the tuition fees, you’d get an Invoice from KTH during April, the last date to pay it is usually in the last week of may, but wait till you get it.
I am placed on a Waitlist/Reserve list at Number ##, what are my chances?
The intake in every programme is not very high, the chances of someone advancing in a waitlist are dependent on how many people don’t accept the offer. Which is not very high, so normally if your waitlist number is in single digits, there is a chance. But with a double-digit waitlist, the chances are very thin.
Frequent queries related to living in Stockholm !!
What is a personnumber, how do I get it?
Read here in detail about it.
Do you face any difficulty with the language?
Every person in Stockholm speaks and understands English. But to find a job, you’re recommended to learn Swedish.
How can I find an apartment in Stockholm?
It’s quite tough to find an apartment by yourself in Stockholm, you need to join the queues. If you’re a fee-paying student at KTH, you will get guaranteed accommodation from KTH. And if you live in shared studio apartment which costs 2500, it is the cheapest possible student accommodation in Stockholm.
You can see KTH Accommodation costs on this blog
If you still have that question about where to find shared apartments, look up at this blog, there are several FB groups where people sublet their apartments for 1-2 months while they are away, Read this for more info.
How much is the cost of living?
Read this detailed blog about cost of living as a student in Stockholm
Frequent queries related to part-time jobs, career
After completing master from KTH can I apply for Ph.D. at KTH?
Yes, you can.
What are the job prospect and opportunity for the International student in the Sweden?
There is no such thing as “Jobs for International students”, if you’re good with networking and approaching the companies, you can land a job. The main thing that determines if you’ll get a job or not is, how well you can communicate and network in addition to your skills. And yeah, if you know Swedish language or not. Grades also don’t play any big role in getting a job, they are important for getting a Ph.D. though!
Read in detail here: Career talk #1: Career options after Master’s in Sweden
What will be part-time opportunities in the Sweden?
Easy if you know coding, else you’ll need to know Swedish for non-technical jobs.
Read in detail here: Career Talk #3: Finding Part-time jobs, Summer jobs, and Internships
How easy is it to find a job after two years?
It is not very easy; you have to look for a good thesis in the second year and keep networking. Jobs are there, but you need to network well, attend events to get them.
Read in detail here: Career Talk #5: How to look for jobs in Sweden
How easy is it to get a summer internship?
Again, depends on you, how proactive you are, and it’s different for every field. If you’re a software programmer, it’s comparatively easy.
Frequent queries from students coming from India!!
How is the placement system of KTH?
Regarding placements, there is no concept of placements outside India, you’re not spoon-fed with jobs, you’ll get ample opportunities to interact with companies when you’re here, keep networking and eventually you’ll be required to apply for jobs, internships and even if you wish to do your thesis at a company, that’s quite common here. In short, be prepared for a lot of interviews, I had an interview to be a photographer at the career fair of the university.
In short, even in India, after bachelor’s you’ll have to get better at your networking skills to procure better jobs and seize opportunities.
Do we need to send GRE or TOEFL scores?
Indian students, who have studied their undergraduate programmes in English don’t need any proof of English. Neither TOEFL nor IELTS. You don’t necessarily need to send GRE scores as well, if you have taken the exam, then you can send the scores obviously.
Read in detail about this here.
How difficult is it for a vegetarian to survive in Stockholm?
Easy, I am a vegetarian, and I can find everything here. There are plenty of Indian Shops here and you can find all brands like MTR, Haldirams, Patanjali, Shakti Bhog etc.
Is there a good return on investment? How much time will it take to repay my loan if I get a job there?
The average salary is 25-30 thousand SEK before taxes, you can calculate afterward.
Frequent queries related to Embedded Systems
What is the nature of teaching in courses?
Most of the courses are quite intense and you spend a lot of time in the labs. Finally, it’s all self-learning, though the lecturers are good, you can take advantage of that only if you study the content in advance.
In what are the tracks offered under Embedded Systems?
Every track has some mandatory courses, you can pick any course apart from those, I wrote a bit about it here.
I have another very detailed blog about the Embedded Systems programme.
How are the job prospectives in Sweden for Embedded Systems compared to other fields?
If you look in a broad perspective, jobs in Electronics are lesser than IT in every country, Sweden is no different. But yes, if you work well, you can land in jobs easily.
How are job opportunities in Sweden for embedded systems engineer?
Totally depends on you, it’s not the best place for a hardware engineer, but good for software and platform engineer in embedded systems, you need to know Swedish to get a job.
I am an average student, with not so much of research work done during graduation, Will this affect my application.
Master’s programmes are not all about research, you can plan your career in direction of working with companies so not a big issue.
Regarding internships, you have an opportunity to do internships and summer jobs after the end of the first year as you have nearly two months of holidays.
After finishing your master’s you’ll have a 6 month period to find a job and procure a working visa.
How intense is the course(percentage of lab and theory classes)?How many hours of study is required per day?
This depends on the courses you select in the program; some courses have a lot of lab work and classes and home assignments as well. For example, one of the courses I took in last period had 5 labs, exam and a project, so it was intense. one of the courses for sensors didn’t have any exam but you had to make a project to pass the exam.
Is there any prerequisite for this course (like software to be learned or anything you suggest to be learned which will prove useful later)?
There is no such pre-requisite; however, I recommend to learn a few things, I’ll be writing about them in detail in my blogs in next few months.
What is the faculty to student ratio in embedded systems program?
You must understand that there is no such fixed class, people elect courses, so it depends on how many people took that course. In the embedded systems course, we had close to 90 people, while in one of the courses I’m taking there are 7 people, but 2 faculty and 3 assistants.
Frequent queries that I cannot answer!!
Will I get admission to KTH, can you evaluate my CV?
Your applications are evaluated by people with very high experience, so if I claim that I can look at you CV and predict the result, that won’t be true or fair. So, I would advise applicants against sending me their profiles! Moreover, your results are not defined by just your CV or your GPA/Grades, the admission decision is a collective result of the evaluation of your Letter of Motivation, CV, Recommendations, and Grades.
All I can suggest is to spend some time on these documents.
Will I get a job?
Again, a question with a dead end. If you get a job or not depends on how you spend your two years of Master’s, not just academically, but also in terms of networking and working on projects etc.
Will I get a scholarship?
This depends on a lot of things, and yeah, there are not a lot of scholarships, so if you are a fee-paying student, be mentally and financially prepared to pay your fees and rents.
What is the scope of my Programme?
Let’s put this question in a better perspective, it’s not the scope of your programme that matters. It’s your scope that matters, and you need to decide what you want from your programme and take the courses in that direction!!
Can you share your phone number/Skype/Whatsapp with me?
I prefer to communicate on all the queries over email, the basic reason for that is the quality of answers I can give, If you send me an instant message, there are high chances that I might be doing something at that time and I cannot give proper attention to the queries. If you send me an email, I’ll reply to it probably when I’m at home, free and can send you a detailed answer with all the links.
Last Updated: September 1, 2017