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Tips and Strategies while applying to KTH

Like I promised in my previous blog, this blog is dedicated to people who couldn’t make it KTH this year. There is always a next time and do give it another attempt next year. And this whole year can be used to build on your application and make it even better.

So here is a list of tips, advice, strategies which I followed while writing my application. As always a word of caution: Apart from these five, there would be a ton on other variables which would be considered while the admissions are selecting students, which in all honesty is unknown to me or any student.

1. Selecting the Right Master Programs:
This is one of the most important aspects to consider while you are applying for your master degree program. The program should fit your academic background, professional experience and personal interests. This would make it simple for you while you write your “Motivation Letter” in convincing the admission panel on why you need to be selected for the program. You can find a more detailed blog about how to go about writing a motivation letter here.

2. Research a lot:
I cant repeat this enough, but I spent much efforts in knowing about KTH, about my courses, about the projects handled here and the infrastructure at KTH. This research was beneficial when I was writing my application since now I could personalize it and link my motivation to relevant activities at KTH.
For example: Prof X in the Z department at kth is working on a project Y. I have worked it this field for 2 years and find it interesting to be at kth and learn more from them.

3. Brag and Boast:
I know a lot of you have great achievements and humble enough to not talk about it. But in your application is it’s completely okay and absolutely necessary to talk about your achievements related to your degree program. It could be getting high grades, patents, winning competitions. Sweden highly values sustainability, and it would be great if you can emphasis your experiences working on projects related to sustainability.

4. CV, Motivation Letter, Reference letters:
These are the most important documents in your application. CV outlines your academic and professional life and reflects your journey as a person. Motivation letter speaks about how relevant you are to the program and why you should be selected to the program.
Reference letter would be a 3rd person perspective about you and how you could contribute to the success of the program.
Invest a lot of time in developing these documents as these are the deciding papers which open the gates to KTH.

5. Submit the Right Thing at the Right Time
This is where I went wrong two years ago. I had a perfect application ready, however, I missed attaching the right critical document. And like most of you, I was put on the waiting list and didn’t manage to make it to KTH that year. But I worked more on my application the following year and cautiously applied and now here I am.
Thus, It is highly important that you go through the general entry requirements and your course requirements and fulfil every one of those requirements. And the deadlines are specific and it is highly recommended to be aware of those deadlines.

These are some of the tips and strategies that I followed while writing my applications. For people who made it this year, share the one important advice you followed religiously in the comment which could help other potential students. And for people who didn’t make it this year, there is always a next time.

Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.