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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!

Stockholm Student Arrival Service: January 2018

Hey guys,

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
  • A Reflex
  • Prepaid SIM Card
  • Water

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.

 

Exam week!

Today begins the week we have all being study hard for!! Are you ready? Am I ready?

Below is my checklist for the exam period

I can say the first one is done, the second would still be ongoing the entire week but regardless, it is time to PERFORM!!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

Teamwork…

One of the things I heard about studying in Sweden before coming was that Swedish Universities have a way of ensuring the students are engaged in projects that ensure they work in groups a lot. Is this true? Absolutely!

From the first week of lectures at KTH, we had to start creating groups for various seminars, laboratories, presentation and project. I have a group for laboratory and we chose ourselves again for another course in which we have to prepare for various seminar presentations. In the first period, I had to work together for a course that was solely based on presentation and report writing but in groups of two or three. In this second period, I have had to spend so much time with a particular group for a project that would be complete December 5th. For everyone in the programme, this last group has been the most demanding.

In the past two weeks, waking up and setting out to work in one of these teams has been the order of the day. I had a seminar, presentation, project deadline and the Armada event. The most interesting about these groups is the diversity. None of us knew each other before starting out and then, we all come together and achieve our set goal and the beautiful thing, I look back at all the meetings and see moments of pure laughter and fun!

Personally, I have learnt a lot of things from my various groups; ranging from technical skills to the lifestyle and culture of various countries. Also, the most intriguing thing which these group tasks have indirectly done for everyone in my programme is to build an accommodating and caring character in each person. Presently, everyone lives to see the next person be and do better. This translates to students helping each other understand their assignments so that they beat the never-ending deadlines. You see other students taking out time out of their busy schedule to ensure the next person understands a topic. This extends beyond the classroom as you see people planning weekend activities or helping out with other daily-life activities.

Below, are pictures from the three teams I mentioned in this post: