‘Sweden for Masters? – Ahh interesting!’

You just read it! This particular exclamation has been my best friend ever since I decided where to go for my post-graduation. Many of my acquaintances, family and friends have been surprise as to why did I choose to come to Sweden, a calm & distant Nordic country, for my Masters Degree rather than following the usual trend of applying to the ‘Big 4’ – US, UK, Australia and Canada. Along with the flow, they have also expressed desire to learn and know more about what factors and situations made me eventually decide to choose Sweden as a Bangladeshi student.

‘I see! But it’s not a usual choice.’ – used to basically be the summary of our conversation!

Well first of all, interest is not rocket science, is it?! If you have a certain preference for a particular field of study initially, it actually helps you cut down on a lot of unrelated options. Someone with a passion in the field of technology in the realm of business, I pursued a Bachelor in IT with a specialization within Management Information Systems. After 4 years of hard work, it made a lot of sense to me and I was reassured that this is my thing – I am going for a Masters in a similar field too!

What followed after was a series of formalities and I am sure most of you are aware of it. I researched various programs into IT, Informatics, MIS and Computer Management Systems. Found some good programs in US, Australia, Finland and Germany. However, taking a deeper dive into my research, I took a series of measuring scale to help boil down a final choice using the content of the program, the courses being offered and their contents, the research strength of the faculties, publications made and prospect of pursuing my research interest. To my surprise, I discovered that programs in Information Systems in Sweden met all the requirements I was personally looking for. But was that enough to seal the deal? Not really.

To be further sure, I thought it might be a good idea to look into the opportunities that Sweden as a country can provide me during my studies. As a result of some more focused searching, I found out that Sweden was one of the most innovative-friendly nation on earth and ranked second-best in Europe. There was a lot of encouragement provided in Swedish institutes of higher education to explore and discover new ideas and answers. Moreover, the outlook on industry opportunities were also pretty positive and therefore it gave a good idea of the overall prospect for a student, like me, with lot of options on where do I want to go after completing Masters.

Time moves on quickly and it’s been 3 months I have been in Sweden and I must say, it has been extremely satisfying thus far. The academic programs are very flexible, allowing for a lot of flexibility, team work and research. The qualities of the professors are top-notch and they come with decades of experience which makes the class more interactive and informative. I do certainly believe that it has been the right decision and thus, encourage other students from around the globe to apply and come here. You will definitely not regret it!


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  • jasika • 6 Feb 2015 at 2.52 pm Reply

    hello i m jasika from bangldesh. i am a graduate in international relations from university of dhaka.now i wanna do my masters from this uni in sweden. what are the scopes for me to join this year in social science related subjects? is there any scholarship for bd students?

    • Redwan
      Redwan Hasan • 6 Feb 2015 at 3.45 pm Reply

      Hello Jasika,

      Good to know that you are willing to pursue your Masters degree from Sweden. Yes, we have good International Relations programme and if you work hard, the opportunities are good too!
      Yes, there are scholarships for Bangladeshi students. Please go to http://www.studyinsweden.se and under scholarship, please keep an eye on ‘Swedish Institute Study Scholarship’. The announcement for these scholarships would be made at around October/November this year and all information regarding how to apply will be published on that page. So do bookmark it for future reference.

      Good luck for your future endeavors.

  • boubaker • 17 Nov 2014 at 10.44 pm Reply

    hello,am boubaker from Algeria but actually am living in Romania,reading about this university made me fall in love with,i have a licence graduate in informatics and i really want to do master,is it possible?please if its possible answer me ,tahnks

    • Redwan
      Redwan Hasan • 20 Nov 2014 at 1.51 pm Reply

      Hello Boubaker,

      Good to know that you are interested in coming here. It is of course possible to do masters here and it will provide with you with a rewarding experience. Please go to studyinsweden.se website and check for the subjects that you are interested in pursuing. Once done, the following process is easy. Go to universityadmission.se and make an account. Then just apply for the subjects you have chosen from there. Thats all. Once done, pay your application fees and send in your physical documents to them.

      I hope that helps! Good luck with your endeavours.

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