If you are here, you are probably been admitted to KTH or you’re in the reserve list. Well, then go on reading, cause this blog post is for you!
April 6th is indeed a big day for many because the selection results for the master’s application was published in the universityadmissions portal. But, right after you see your decision, it is quite natural to have a million questions about what to do next. Even though everything is clearly listed in the portal, sometimes we need to hear the same thing again from a person just to make sure that we are doing it right. It is, of course, understandable because this is one of the most important phases of every student’s life. A big decision, a huge expense and one hell of a process for sure.
Alright, let’s get down to business now…
Admitted/ Conditionally admitted
Okay, this is one question that is flooding my inbox right now, “I am conditionally admitted! What does that mean? Do I have a chance?”. Relax! Conditionally admitted is what most of you will be seeing. If you are a fee-paying student, that is, if you don’t belong to the EU/ EEA countries, then this is what you will see. Your status in the portal will be conditionally admitted until you have paid your fees. If you’re a scholarship holder or if you for some reason have already paid, then wait for a few weeks for it to change. So, don’t be alarmed if you see that you’re conditionally admitted. It mostly means that you’re admitted. Congrats!
Also, conditionally admitted can be your status if you haven’t submitted any of the documents-your university mark sheet or so. In this case, you will be communicated by email in the coming days regarding what you need to do. Check your email every day. And, dont forget to visit New at KTH page.
Replying to your offer
You don’t need to necessarily reply if you’re accepting the offer, usually. But, if you are planning to decline the offer, then please decline so in the portal!
It is quite common that students apply to multiple universities. So, if you have gotten admission to another university elsewhere and you know that you won’t be going to KTH. Then, it is very important that you decline the offer before the deadline because your decision will free up space for the people on the waiting list.
I am placed on the waiting list
This is a bit tricky situation. If you’re on the waiting list, you still have a chance to get admitted. And, your waiting list number doesn’t mean much. So, don’t lose hope yet. If the people who got admitted happen to decline, then you have a chance. So until all that process is done, there is still a possibility that you can get a spot. Keep checking the portal!
If you see either of these, then you probably didn’t meet the entry requirements or you didn’t submit your application on time or you got admitted to another programme or university that you had marked with a higher priority. You cannot do much in here but you can write to the universityadmissions portal if you have any questions.
So, What Next?
Now that you’re admitted to KTH, you must be so concerned about so many other things. Relax again! KTH will communicate all the instructions very soon by email, probably, in two or three weeks. The tuition fee invoices will also be emailed to you by mid-April or earlier. You can start arranging funds because the deadline could be around the end of May. If you’re going to take out a loan, you can download your notifications letter in the universityadmissions portal, cause the bank guys will ask you that. This is your official offer letter. KTH will not send you any other official letter for your loan or VISA process, unlike the many US universities that we are very used to seeing.
Alright, I know that you cannot really wait until the email communications from KTH to arrive, so in the meantime, I can tell you about few things that you can look into 🙂
If you are someone from the non-EU/EEA countries then you need a residence permit to be able to live and study in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency, Migrationsverket is responsible for giving out the residence permit.
You can start applying for the residence permit once you are done paying your tuition fee. The residence permit is given for a maximum period of 13 months and then you will have to apply for an extension in your second year. I will be writing a detailed blog post about the residence permit process very soon. But, for now, it is good to start looking into the process and prepare all the documents that are needed. You can click here to read about it.
The next best thing to be researching about is to where you would like to live in Stockholm. And, this depends on your budget, comfort preferences, the location of your school, etc. Again, I will be writing a detailed blog post about this as well. In the meantime, you can read about the various accommodations available for KTH student in here. Also, I hope you are aware that KTH gives you a guaranteed 11 months accommodation facility for the international fee-paying students and scholarship holders who have been admitted to either the master’s or the Bachelor’s programme.
You can start by seeing where you could possibly be having your classes because KTH has campuses across the city, so it is wiser to live nearby. The next thing is to consider the type of accommodation- corridor room, shared room, studio apartment etc. And, the biggest thing is to consider the cost and to see if it fits your budget. Master’s is a costly affair, so planning is crucial. We’ll talk more about accommodation in the coming blog posts. I am just giving you a heads up now.
Now that you’re admitted, everything will eventually fall in place and you will start understanding the process better with every email you get from KTH and by reading the blogs over and over again, that’s what I did. But one more important step in the process is to look into your courses. I know that you must have already looked into the programme, the courses and that’s why you even applied, but now is the time to take a closer look at every course, to see when they are being given, how much load it would be, if you can manage to have the kinda courses you are planning to take each period. A bit of research about courses will help you better understand and structure your master’s programme. Again, a detailed blog about understanding your courses, study plan etc is on its way soon.
Alright, I hope this post helped you all. If you want to know more about anything, drop a comment and I will write a detailed blog post if needed. As promised in this post, the other blogs will be posted shortly. Good luck to you all and congratulations once again!