Key dates and events after admission

The admission results of Fall Semester 2018 have been released on universityadmission.se. Congratulations and a warm welcome to all admitted students!

As the first round of university application in Sweden ended last week on 15th January, I hope that all of you have filed your application on time! While enjoying your post-application time, here are some important dates and events that you won’t want to miss:

Release of Admission Results

It is the most pressing issue in mind, right? According to the universityadmission.se, the the admission results will be released on 6th April, 2018. Additionally, it is possible that your department would send a preliminary notification to you approximately a week before. If yes, you had an extremely high chance to be admitted to that program. If not, also don’t worry (because not all the departments do so), keep calm and wait till 6th April.

Acceptance of an Offer and Payment of Tuition Fee

Universityadmission.se tells you that you must reply to your offer on their website before the deadline set by individual university. However, my suggestion would be to accept your offer and keep your seat even if you were undecided at that time. For the non-European students, the deadline of tuition fee payment, 31th May 2018 , would act as the de facto deadline of acceptance/denial of your offer.

Call-up week and Information Evening

Neither of the call-up week and welcoming party organised by the STUDY IN SWEDEN at your home country is mandatory that you must reply to. But, they are excellent opportunities to build a tangible link with your programme, school and Sweden!

Call-up week is a particular admission service offered by KTH and many schools in Sweden. Usually in the first or second weeks after 6th April, the admitted students will be invited by our one of our student ambassadors (very likely a current student from the same programme) via email to set up a Skype or telephone talk. So, do answer the email, pick up your phone and seize the chance to express feelings and ask questions!

The date of the Information evening varies from country to country, that might span from the middle of April to May; but you will see the invitation in your email inbox soon after 6th April. There, you will probably know the first time what a Swedish “fika” is; also, many of my international confirmed the usefulness of this event: they met friends even before arriving in Sweden!

Application of Residence Permit (applicable to non-European students)

If you are not an European citizen, you must obtain a residence permit before you enter Sweden. Once the tuition fee is paid, it is suggested that the residence permit should be applied as soon as you got the offer! The good news is, it is relatively convenient with only 3 steps:

Step 1 :Fill in the online application form at Swedish Migration Agency

Step 2: Once your application is accepted (typically takes 2 -4 weeks), visit the local Swedish embassy or consulate for personal data recording

Step 3: Pick up residence permit card at the local Swedish embassy (typically 2 weeks after step 2)

Housing

If you are a non-European student, congratulations as your accommodation is guaranteed by KTH in the first year! From now until 31th May 2018,  you could visit KTH Accommodation to see what kind of services it offers, and register for a student hostel!

On the other hand, if you come from an European countries, it is highly recommended to start looking for your own accommodation as soon as you got admitted. You should register ASAP at SSSB.se, Stockholm’s Student Accommodation, and start queuing for a student room at a lower-than-market price.

You may be interested in my previous blog All about KTH Accommodation to learn about the types of rooms you can choose, the locations of student hostels and some common questions regarding hostel application!

Below is a summary of the links that might be useful for you:

  1. Key dates and deadlines for admission: https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Finding-out-more/Key-dates/Autumn-semester-dates/
  2. How to apply for a residence permit: https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Finding-out-more/Resident-permit-for-studies/
  3. Website of Swedish Migration Agency (through which you submit your online residence permit application): http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Startpage.html
  4. KTH Accommodation: https://www.kth.se/en/student/studentliv/accommodation/housing-information-international-students/accommodation-1.9721
  5. Stockholm’s Student Accommodation (SSSB): https://www.sssb.se

The top 10 spots to catch the best of Stockholm

If a good photo would worth a thousand words, this blog would be even lengthier than a doctoral thesis in molecular biology. Yes, it is a photo blog that  pin-points the TEN SPOTS, from which the beauty of the city can be best conveyed by camera.

Use this blog to take photos as professional as those in a postcard!

1. Slussen, Katerina Lift (Swedish: Katarinahissen)

Keywords: best view of Stockholm, sunset, sunrise

Katerinahissen is a lift that takes you 38 meter from the ground level of Södermalm, the islet opposite to the historical old town (Swedish: Gamla Stan). Its location and height guarantee an unblocked, 360-degree view of most part of Gamla Stan. For this reason, it is nearly unanimously among the “best views of Stockholm”.

Facing south to the Baltic sea, it is also an outstanding spot for viewing sunset and sunrise. You don’t need to even own any advanced equipments; the sea, churches, bridges speak about the past, present and future of the city.

Stockholm 2016

Stockholm 1904 from Stockholmskällen

2. Mariaberget in Södermalm

Keywords: 18th century, old Swedish neighbourhood

Mariaberget on the height of Södermalm is another hotspot of photographing. The castle-like buildings are actually Södermlam’s oldest neighborhood can be traced back to the 1700s; for three-hundred years, they overlook the restless Mälaren water that flow into the Baltic, and guard the aorta from the south to the city.

Riddarholm and the west site of T-bana station (Gamla Stan) are my favourite places to take photo of Mariaberget.

Mariaberget, Febuary

Photo: feedram.club/hashtag/mariaberget

Marieberget, November

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Mariaberget, July

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What would happen after a thievery in Sweden?

A secret package was lying silently in my post. Until I removed the gummed tape, I had no idea that it has something to do with law enforcement and crime…….

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32,000 Steps in Frozen & Wild

What is happening in Sweden, at the end of February? The cold air from Siberia brings a  plunge in temperature, freezing wind and unprecedented amount in snowfall, but all these will not refrain the locals from going out! The coming “Sportlov” symbolises the peak of skiing and skating season; for me, I move a step, NO, altogether 32,000 steps towards a frozen, silvery world!

TYRESTA NATIOANL PARK

Living in the topsy-turvy city of Stockholm, Tyresta National Park is perhaps the farthest end from the urban life. Being the national park closest to the capital city, Tyresta harbours one of the most well preserved virgin forests in southern Sweden, numerous pristine lakes and is home for as many as 8000 animals, plants and fungi. Transportation from the city is also easy: T-banna(Gullmarsplan) – 807 (Brandbergens Centrum) – 834 (Tyresta By). Takes around 1 hours and 20 minutes from the city.

First, a clear, blue sky at Tyresta is the gift after continous snowing for half a week:

We (my colleagues and I) found most of information of Tyresta park (of course in English) at its official website: http://www.tyresta.se/english/. It includes the map, transportation, history, trails and footpaths. Indeed, we realised a map won’t be necessary once we arrived at Tyresta By: the trails are indicated very clearly!

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Semla-mania!

“Shrove Tuesday”, “Fat Tuesday”,…… in Sweden, the 13th of February has a more down-to-earth name: “Semmeldagen“, the day when people eat as many Semla as they wish!

WHY SEMMELDAGEN?

Before starting to eat your Semla, our KTH blogger Tomas has an amusing story of the history Semmeldagen, which includes the King died of eating Semla (okey, maybe I should not start from here……), that I strongly recommend you to read. My story today is slightly different: it is about how to DIY 40 Semlor (Semlor = plural of Semla) from flour, whipped cream, sugar and almond, in a student corridor with my classmates.

HOW TO DIY SEMLA

There are a lot of DIY videos online, such as this one:

And you need a colorful recipe, such as this one “Learn to bake Semlor step by step

Matskolan: Lär dig baka semlor

Most importantly, we have Karine, the baking Queen who is so enthusiastic about baking and feeding her hungry classmates!

To start with, you may say that Semla is simply the composition of three elements: almond paste, whipping cream and dough. It is true:

 

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