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Scholarship!

 As the application period is over, the next thing on everyone’s mind is funding this prestigious education if it comes through.

The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for various 150 countries for higher education in Sweden. To view the 450 available scholarships, click here

The Scholarship for the masters programme is now open! You can find out if you are eligible (a citizen from the selected 140 countries) here. On that page, select your country from the drop-down list to know what scholarship opportunities are available for you.

The largest group covered is the “Swedish Insitute Study Scholarship”  for developing countries. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Sweden has long-term cooperation with and for other OECD/DAC countries.

Most of the questions concerning scholarships have also come from this group. To this end, this post would be centred on this particular scholarship.

To me, the most important part of the scholarship is this:

you must have proven leadership experience and at least 3,000 hours of work experience. It is also important that you have a clear plan of how your studies in Sweden can contribute to the development in your home country.

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?

  • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university
  • Living expenses of SEK 9,000/month
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 ( One-time payment. Not applicable to students already living in Sweden)
  • Insurance against illness and accident
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders
    – a platform to grow your network and experience, while in Sweden
  • Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for further professional development and to stay in touch

ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE?

Yes, you may meet the basic requirement of wanting to study a master’s programme and being a citizen of the listed countries but you might still not be eligible. You can find out here

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

If you have checked all this, and you are eligible, next see the required documents.

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Proof of work and leadership experience
  • A copy of your passport.

There are certain templates that you must adhere to, the instructions for these templates are given on this page.

The application period is from 2nd February to the 9th of February. So, if this what you have been waiting for, do not wait for the last day. Apply now!

Don’t miss the second step!

Ever wanted to have the opportunity to talk to your younger self because you know better now? For me, absolutely! Ever since I started writing on here, I have waited for the 15th January because at this same day a year ago, I almost did not apply to KTH.

Some hours from now, the opportunity to  apply to KTH for the autumn, 2018 semester would be long gone. This day a year ago, I was already sure I was applying to 6 universities in other parts of the world as I had finished their application process or paid the fees in confirmation while waiting to send other documents. For KTH, I had already contacted my previous university to send my transcript and I wrote the TOEFL exam just a week ago. Though I had put all things in motion for a complete application, it was amazing how few hours to the deadline I was about to withdraw my application.

You might ask why? The reason is the same reason some other students have contacted me in the past few days or even today, to be exact:)

WHY KTH?

However, instead of answering this question in elaborate details (I would do this in another post:)), I would give you the simple advise that pulled me through, “WHY NOT TAKE THE CHANCE?”

KTH is a school that you get quality education! In the past four months of my arriving here, I have grown and not just in the academics but in the quality of people. Also, Stockholm is a place booming with opportuties that is why you see many startups sprotuing out of this place. Both my  technical and soft skills have been developed and sometimes, I ask myself : “if this is just four months what would the rest of the master’s programme be?”

Knowing what I know now, I would say if you are caught up like me and you are reading this right now, do not hold yourself back. Finish your application! It has been worth it for me. It should be worth it for you especially if you have a drive to be committed and  pursue excellence in all that you do.

 

Application guide 1: Taking the first steps

So, the application round for master’s programmes at KTH for the year, 2018 is opened! This post is the beginning of many series to come so if you’re interested in applying to KTH, tag along;)

KTH offers over 60 masters programme organised into nine subject areas:

  • Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Engineering Physics and Mathematics
  • Industrial Management and Innovation
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Life Science Technology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

To me, this translates that you have a vast range of programmes to pick from which helps you to be very specific in what you actually want to do. Very cool right? So,

STEP 1: FIND YOUR PREFERRED PROGRAMME

STEP 2: PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

So, various programmes at KTH have different admission requirements and, so it’s good to find out the ones that apply to your preferred programme. This is easily found at the section for each programme at the KTH website.

Since the KTH application period spans over a long time-frame, if you’re an applicant, you would probably be between stages 1 and  2 right now. I would say this is the time to spend preparing and making sure you gather and prepare all required documents for your programme.

Applications for all programmes at KTH are done online. Most programmes are applied for through University Admissions in Sweden. Not to worry, your preferred programme would have a direct link that directs you to the site, once you click on “Apply Now” 😉

The deadline is January 15th. However, applications for some joint programmes are made through other portals and their application periods vary. The simple step is to follow the instruction given on the KTH website for the programmes that fall into this category.

Since, this stage is about getting all documents ready, the universityadmissions.se has a step-to-step instructional guide for Master’s applicants. Visit the link below:

Instructions for master’s applicants

Ensure you view step 2 in the above link as various countries have specific requirements and you can compare if the degree obtained in your country meets the basic entry requirements.

That’s it for this post. Follow the blog for subsequent posts in the application guide for a prospective future at KTH 😉