Last April was one of the most uncertain times with regard to my career choices. I had offers from US, German, Dutch and Swedish universities. There was a ton of questions running in my mind about what each country and each university holds for me. Fortunately, KTH offered a call-up week with one of the students studying the same course who promptly answered all my queries. I present to you the list of questions I had at this time of the year and my honest answers to it and blog links that can prove helpful.
1. How do I apply for the Residence Permit?
For Non EU students: https://www.kth.se/blogs/studentblog/2018/05/swedish-resident-permit/
For EU Students: https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/EU-citizens-and-long-term-residents/Work-study-or-live-in-Sweden-for-EU-citizens.html
2. What should I do about the accomodation?
KTH guarantees accommodation to all Non EU students pursing full time Master degree program. The forms would open in the month of May after you pay your fees (if required). You would receive a mail from KTH regarding this. https://www.kth.se/blogs/studentblog/2018/09/your-guide-to-housing-in-stockholm/
3. What is the cost of living in Stockholm?
Here is a detailed blog about cost of living in Sweden in 2020: https://www.kth.se/blogs/studentblog/2020/03/cost-of-living-in-sweden-2020/
4. What is the banking scenes in Stockholm?
Here is a detailed blog about the banking sector once you arrive in Stockholm
5. How is the teaching methodology of the course and how much is the industry exposure?
Most of my courses have been with collaborations with companies such as Scania, Modular management and relevant industries. The courses are either taught by them or the courses would include projects that would require us to contact the companies for it.
6. What is the job opportunities after completing the Master’s degree?
This is the most important question which is asked by students. There is, of course, no direct answer to this question. However, KTH is ranked 58th on the global university employability ranking. These numbers do provide hope. I have experienced quite nurturing environment for entrepreneurs and startup, for people who want to be job providers than job seekers.
Blog regarding startup culture in Stockholm: https://www.kth.se/blogs/studentblog/2020/03/startup-culture-at-kth/
KTH ranking of employability: https://www.kth.se/blogs/studentblog/2019/11/career-after-graduation/
7. How favourable are the chances of getting a scholarship next year?
For students who failed to obtained scholarship in the first year, there is still hope to secure one in the second year. The main criteria are the grades obtained during the first-year courses.
8. What are the possibilities of working part time?
Summer jobs, student ambassadors, part time teaching assistants are some of the options.
Here is a detailed blog about working part time: https://www.kth.se/blogs/studentblog/2018/04/part-time-jobs-is-it-possible/
If you have more questions in your mind, feel free to write about it in the comments section below. I and Elise will be more than happy to answer those queries.