If you are a first year master student, February can be a good time to think about extending your residence permit, as you may start applying as early as six month before your residence permit expires on 31/08/2018. Trust me, you would want to do it sooner rather than later!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The migration agency in Sweden will tell you that the process differs from case to case. It is true, though I can provide you with my own the timeline, which might be typical for a student visa extension:
I started my application in the middle of May and the entire application takes as long as 3.5 months for me. As summer is usually the peak of all kinds of applications at Migration agency (“Migrationsverket” in Swedish), it is really important not to apply at the last minute!
Online application is the most common and the easiest way to extend your permit. You will be asked to:
The course, BB2491 High-throughput data analysis, is the core of MTLS education at KTH. How does BB2491 differ from traditional biology lectures that we have so far? In this blog I will talk a bit about why, and how we should learn and master high-throughput science!
First, why study high-throughput? It is involved in a myriad of industrial applications, as well as the frontiers of research, to name but a few:
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is the best illustration of generating and analysing high-throughput data
High-throuput compound screening dominates lead discovery for manufacturing of small molecule drug
Traditional gene-targeting methods are sufficient for analysis of mendelian diseases, but diseases that involves more complex interplay, requires collecting and analysing “bigger data”
In BB2491, the teaching follows a logical transition from theory, practice to a hand-on project.
In biology, high throughput analysis can be split into three parts, namely Genomics, Transcriptomics, and Proteomics. Correspondingly, we have three professors responsible for each part:
In contrast to traditional biology lectures, we have no designated text book; alternatively, we have 33 research papers or scientific reviewsas mandatory reading materials! It sounds a bit daunting in the beginning, but under the careful guidance of teachers, as well as fundamental building blocks in previous course (Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics), we are able to dive into the ocean of knowledge!
For example, while Olof introduced the basic concept of RPKM in abundance estimation at the start of the transcriptomics part, it is concluded by four excellent students at the edge of RNA sequencing techniques.
Tomorrow, the 14th of January, is the official arrival day of incoming students for 2018 Spring semester. On this day, thousands of students from all corners of the world are going to arrive at Arlanda Airport, to start their study in one of the 18 higher education institutes in Stockholm. It is my honor to be a part of the student arrival team, organised by Stockholm Academic Forum, and be your guide on shuttle bus as well as at Terminal 5 🙂
AT THE AIRPORT
We pick up students arriving from Terminal 2/5 and guide their to the shuttle bus station. We have a information desk at Terminal 5 for inquiries:
Photo: Stockholm University on Twitter
From 9 AM to 9 PM, shuttle buses depart from Arlanda to the city. In the morning hours, buses stop at the city centre (T-Centralen); while in the afternoon they stop at both Stockholm University and T-Centralen.
Frequency: one bus per hour
Seats on each bus: 50
Reminder: if you have a rental contract with KTH Accommodation, do pick up the key on another day: the office is NOT opened on 14th January!
You must be curious about what are inside the goodie bags that will be distributed to every incoming students. There are:
A PREPAID SIM card
A comprehensive guide book and transportation map of Stockholm
A bottle of water: so, you don’t have to buy any water at the airport 🙂
I would like to add a few sentences about the reflex: born and raised in a low-latitude region, I never wear a reflex before and therefore didn’t recognised and later discarded it T_T You will find it extremely useful to be carried with you, when you walk at winter night (the local definition of winter night is : after 3.30 PM)
This year, we distribute a physical shuttle bus ticket at Terminal 5. Keep it with you as a certificate to get on the bus on time.
TRANSPORTATION IN THE CITY
As you are not entitled to student discount in Stockholm’s public transport before you are officially registered as students, you need a regular SL card. One-time, day, week, or month access of metro, trains, buses and trams are available.
I was among the 1200 incoming students in August 2016. Although I arrived at the peak hour of the day, the journey of Terminal-airport-my accommodation was generally smooth and relaxing. Now, it is the time to give it back 😉
The 2017 Arrival Team
I will be in charge in the afternoon, so don’t forget to say hi, if you see me at Arlanda 😀
Recently, I received a lot of questions. Many of them look like these: “I study XXX, I want to know if I am eligible to be considered by MTLS? ” or “Are there any current MTLS students who come from YYY, just like me?” In this blog, you are going to find out more about the admitted MTLS students, regarding their demographic profile and academic background, that you CAN’T even get from our official website!
By 2017, there are in total 3 cohorts of students admitted into our programme.
A purple dot on the map represents the citizenship of one student. The number of students and diversity grow by years.
The number of male and female in all three cohorts are roughly equal. Of course, you may notice that gender equality is a fundamental policy in all Swedish universities. In the admission process, no weight will be added/reduced based on gender of the applicant.
It has been told that life science will be an interdisciplinary field; MTLS is no exception. The majors listed in the pie chart are based on the bachelor degree that the students possess:
Want to know more about our programme? There are numerous routes:
MTLS Molecular Techniques in Life Science has just updated its course list for incoming students in Fall 2018. Make sure to have a look at the list before submitting your application!
Green: new courses
Blue: modified courses (compared with 2016 cohort)
Genetics (5.0 hp)
Frontiers in Translational Medicine (16.5 hp)
Applied Communication (7.0 hp)
Applied Programming for Life Science I (1.5 hp)
For detailed description (unofficial and from a personal perspective) of the courses, you may take a look my previous blog about Genetics, Applied Communication and Frontiers in Translational Medicine. (Bear in mind that they may or may not correspond to the updated course content)
Bioinformatics (7.0 hp)
Methods in Molecular Life Science (7.0 hp)
Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes (7.0 hp)