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What to do after getting selected to KTH?

First and foremost congratulations on making it to the universe of KTH. It’s surely is a well-deserved achievement in making it to the end, yet this is just the beginning. And for those who couldn’t make it just like I couldn’t two years ago, there is every reason to be disheartened, but apply with the same vigil next year by working on your application and I am sure you will make it. My next blog will be dedicated to you guys where I will write about the advice and tips in the application I followed after getting rejected the first time to make it to KTH finally last spring.

For students who are selected, this is just the beginning. This blog is about the next steps that you can take to proceed further.

1. Paying fees (not applicable for EU and Scholarship students)
You would have received the admission results as “Conditionally Admitted”. This means that your seat will be confirmed after you pay the fees. Also, students who haven’t graduated yet and haven’t submitted their degree certificates will be needed to submit their certificates for verification. You will receive an invoice from KTH regarding the fee amount and due date (for me this was during the beginning week of June).
You can read more about tuition fees on the New at KTH website.

Pay the first tuition. Image source: universityadmission.se

2. Apply for accommodation :
For all international students outside EU, KTH offers confirmed accommodation for the first year of your studies. But you have to apply for the accommodation before the set deadline. You find more information about KTH accommodation here. Puff! One task less. However, I would recommend that you as a new student add yourself to the queue of SSSB (Stockholms Studentbostader which provides affordable housing to students with a student union card) ninety days before your course starts and you avail a student card for yourself (Usually in the month of May). This gives you more credit days and a higher chance of finding accommodation of your choice later on.

My home for the next past 10 months – Lappis.
Image source: https://www.sssb.se/en/our-housing/our-areas-in-the-north/lappkarrsberget/

3. Residence Permit:
This is one of the most important steps while moving to Sweden. However, not to worry, I found Sweden’s visa process to be one of the simplest procedure with less paperwork and hazel. I would recommend you to start researching more about RP in your specific country. You can read more about it here.
A more detailed blog about Residence permit is here.

Aktuellt
Fortunately, the residence permit is a simple procedure for Sweden.
Image source: https://www.migrationsverket.se/Andra-aktorer/Offentliga-bitraden/Aktuellt.html


4. You can learn Swedish:

Before leaving to Sweden I managed to learn a few words in Swedish using the app. Elise has more tips for you if are interested in learning Swedish in her blog.

Something Swedish. – Letters from Gothenburg
Image source:https://lettersfromgothenburg.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/something-swedish/


Finally, Congratulations on making it this far. We understand that you will have lot of questions. KTH is organising live webinars with students and staff which will answer most of your questions. You will also have an opportunity to talk to students pursuing the same master degree program.

If you have further questions, leave a comment below. Me and Elise would be happy to answer your questions.
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.

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