First, Congratulations to all admitted students!!!It’s exactly one week since all students who applied to KTH received mails to notify them on their admission results. In this one week, many questions have followed through and the best theme to categorize all these questions is, “WHAT’S NEXT”
The first thing every admitted student should do is bookmark this page. Not just bookmark, regular updates would be made there. So, make sure you always check to keep yourself very updated 🙂
COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What exactly happens next?
If you have not received a mail from your selected programme, expect one in the coming week; providing additional information. In addition to this, I received an email from a second year Master’s student studying the same programme asking to schedule a time to answer any questions I might have. I would advise you make use of this opportunity as it really helped a lot. Some programmes might not have this kind of arrangement. However, some have student ambassadors on their programme’s webpage, you can contact them if you have any questions.
Pay attention to your mail during this period, I received a mail from the Embassy of Sweden to sign up for a pre-departure event. If you get this mail in your respective country, ensure you attend the event because detailed information based on your individual countries, concerning school fees, residence permit and the life in Sweden will be discussed. There were alumni from various Swedish Universities present and then, representatives from the Embassy and some university representatives. You also get to meet other admitted students!
If you have checked the page I mentioned earlier, notice there is a deadline for payment for fee-paying students. You would soon receive an invoice to this effect. You need to pay before you can apply for KTH accommodation. With tuition fees in mind, let me give an answer to a very common question this week, Are there any other opportunities for funding? Yes, in the second year, you can apply for KTH One-Year Scholarship.
KTH will keep sending you newsletters to keep you updated. The aim of this post is to summarise the answers to questions I have received this past week. If you have other specific questions that you would like a detailed post on, feel free to ask. In the coming weeks, I will keep you updated as you prepare to move to Sweden:)
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)
Recall I stated here to give the answer to my most frequently asked question:
I applied to KTH as I liked the structure and the mix of courses presented for my programme of interest. Altogether, I applied to schools in the United States, Canada and then, Europe. When the offer letters started rolling in, I had my hands full and had to weigh in the pros and cons of each school and their various locations. In the end, I chose KTH!
In this post, I would give my untainted, non-exaggerated reasons why I am certain I made the right choice. With no further ado, let’s get the ball rolling:
This is the first and foremost thing that as students we are in search for. I really love the quality and the approach to education at KTH. The education is really a “hands-on experience”. In my programme, there is such a strong tie with the industry. You would have some of your lectures taken by foremost people in the industry who have achieved milestones.The aim is that once you have completed the programme, you would be well equipped to fill in roles in organisations adequately or start up your business, whatever career path you choose.
All the projects are aimed at current technologies and solving current problems in very practical ways. I have been involved in projects and I still have more lined up in the coming semester. For me, this was really what I wanted. To know that the theory is well infused with the practical to ensure that you are constantly thinking outside the box.
You would have noticed in previous posts that I refer to various deadlines and then, examinations at different times. As an engineer, there would always be deadlines to meet for various projects, and in the industry, these deadlines have economic importance. KTH already puts you in that mind frame of constantly meeting deadlines (haha!). The examinations majorly test how practical you got with the course. They go past the theory and ensure that you start applying the knowledge in the particular field of interest of each course. The examinations are never for you to mug it all up in your memory but to test your understanding in very practical ways. Due to this,you will find that the professors are very approachable and if you need any clarity, you can always get help:)
After paying the tuition fee and not forgetting that Stockholm is an expensive city to live in. It is very normal to want to find opportunities to work after studying. So far, I have seen there are opportunities for this but I would say as a student, you have to present yourself for these opportunities. Most people get to work with companies for their master thesis and that’s already their gateway to these industries.
Also, from the career fair in November, it was a good way to know what the companies want themselves and also, get some good contacts:). Furthermore, lunch lectures are being hosted especially in January when most of these companies open their applications. This gives you a sense of what they want also and their plans. I have some friends that have taken up part-time jobs so as to cater for the living expenses. For these part-time jobs, I would say take a close look at your schedule as it is advisable to dedicate about 40 hours per week for studying.
QUALITY OF PEOPLE
There is this saying that what makes a community or a country is the quality of people. Before coming to Sweden, someone actually stated that Swedes are racists but I am here to correct that notion. The average Swede is just shy but once you break that ice, you might find the warmest of souls who are ever ready to help. I have some friends that are Swedes so, you can take my word on this one;)
Moving past Swedes, KTH presents you with a citizen from every country on the globe. Working on the Armada team coupled with my academic-related projects, I have had the opportunity to work with people from various countries and in turn, share experiences, culture and value systems. I can say truly I am getting the most of my international education.
THE BEAUTY OF STOCKHOLM
Photo credit: Jarturun Sukthong
I am someone who really loves the serenity that comes with the beauty of nature and Stockholm brings you so close to nature! If you have a love for art and photography, you would love Stockholm too! Yes, it is a cold country but I really love the stories that one can tell with the various seasons as there is true beauty in nature:)
Also, there are so many activities that you can do in Sweden plus if you love to travel, you would love it here too!
Stockholm is a safe city! Sweden runs a socialist economy that believes in healthy living standards for its people. This transcends to the security you feel walking down the streets even at very odd hours in the day. You would feel very safe in Sweden, I can assure you.
So, these are my first five reasons why I feel studying at KTH is definitely worth it:)
Guess what happened this week at Stockholm? Quite obvious from the topic right? It was the official arrival day on Sunday, 14th January. It was an honour to be part of the arrival team organised by Stockholm Academic Forum to welcome new students as a student guide at Terminal 5 at the Arlanda airport.
Going down memory lane, it was also an amazing day for me because about four months ago, I walked through the same terminal 5 on the second arrival day in August to begin this wonderful journey.
WHAT DOES THE ARRIVAL SERVICE ENTAIL?
On the official arrival day, thousands of students from around the world would arrive at Stockholm to start their studies in one of the 18 higher education institutions in Stockholm. If you’re one of these students, have your heart at rest as there will be a welcome team waiting for you at the arrival halls of both Terminals 2 and 5 of Arlanda Airport.
On Sunday, which was the same for August, the welcome team was there between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm and there were really hard to miss:).
You can see the welcome team were very excited:)
There was a free bus to take students to the city centre which is basically a 45-minute ride. The bus left every hour with two guides on each bus to answer any questions that students might have. Furthermore, goodie bags!! (I still use some of the items I got in mine in August:)) The items in the bags are listed below:
A comprehensive map of Stockholm
Prepaid SIM Card
A Reflex is very important during winter nights. It gets really dark and it would be helpful for people to see you at night. Then, the prepaid SIM card comes with 1GB of data as well as access to messages and calls.
In the bus, you would also get some added tips. I remember it was in the bus, that I heard firsthand that you could easily refill the water bottles by simply turning any available sink to the right(cold water end).
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE ARRIVAL DAY SERVICE
For me, the arrival day service was my first billboard from Stockholm saying, “Welcome home”. The students were very helpful and willing to explain all questions. They helped in carrying my luggage too! Also, the organisation was impeccable. I remember I got there before the stipulated time for the first bus on the day I came and once it was 9:00 am the first bus was ready to leave with the first set of students. Thanks to the arrival service, my journey from the airport-to the bus-to KTH-to my accommodation was very relaxing.
With these, you can tell I was very happy to be able to give back and ensure other students felt as welcomed and at ease as I felt when I arrived in August.
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:)
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.