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Tips for the application process!

So, I asked you guys in my last post if you would like me to say something about the application process and some tips I can give with my experience. You guys loved the idea, so here I am to write a little bit about that.

The first thing you need to know is: the application process is stressful for everyone. I don’t know anyone that really wanted a place in a course that was super chill while doing the application. It is stressful, sometimes hard to understand and will definitely take some of your sleep hours. So, believe me, everyone is going through the same as you! Next, don’t be afraid to check everything two or three times. You’re not being paranoid. You are guaranteeing your place in an amazing course in one of the best countries to live. So you HAVE to check everything more than once to get what you want.

Now for some tips:

  • Read the requirements for your application as soon as possible. Please, don’t leave it for the last minute, this will only make you more anxious and for sure rise your chances to do something wrong. So, take your time, read as many times as you want, send emails to departments and everyone that can help you with that (even us)
  • Be organized! Make sure to save all of the documents you need in a specific folder, save it in your email in case something goes wrong with your computer for example. This will make you more confident that you have the documents and that they will be there when you need to send them.
  • Check the course year that you are looking. Sometimes the requirements will change and you don’t want to do it like me and realize you are checking an old page when you have a month for the application.
  • Make sure to get everything you need translated. As an international student, generally, the university will ask for the original document and the translated version too, so you need to find someone to do the job, need to have everything digitalized so you can send and don’t worry about this anymore.
  • Another tip from my experience: worry, but don’t go crazy if something goes wrong with the universityadmissions website (the website where you apply to any Swedish University). I had a little problem with some of my documents that were not showing, the website warned me too late about that (missed one deadline) and I freaked out! But as soon as I contact them they said that I could send again (this time by regular mail). And here I am.

So just to be safe, in the end you do need to worry and stress a little bit, after all this is something that you really want to do. But keep in mind that if you are organized, have the time and pay attention to the information that is given, you don’t need to freak out and think that nothing will go right. I am here, after a lot of problems, as a living proof that time, organization, patience and just a little bit of stress is a good combination to go through the application process and study in Sweden.

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3 Comments

  • Camila • 11 Feb 2016 at 5.45 pm Reply

    Hi, Marina! I am brazilian too and I have just submitted my application for the EuroInkaNet Project. Applications ended last sunday and I still cannot believe I survived the process. There was a problem with EuroInka’s website and I couldn’t upload the remaining documents on the last day, but thankfuly they reopenned the system so I could do it again. Even though I completed my application, I am in no way relieved, because now I need to wait for the results and it is nervewrecking! I really really want to go there! While I wait, I’m reading all you’ve written here, loving to know more about life in Sweden. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ana • 11 Feb 2016 at 12.29 pm Reply

    Hello Marina!

    I follow all of your blogposts because I want to do a Master Programme in Sweden in a couple of years and I like how you tell your experience there. It would be like a dream for me.

    I wanted to ask you whether you took your TOEFL test right before the application process or easier, since it is valid for two years only. Thank you so much!

    Looking forward to your next blogposts!

  • Dupe • 30 Jan 2016 at 4.46 pm Reply

    Hi Marina! I applied to study in Sweden and my main focus is on Chalmers. My transcripts will get to University admissions after the deadline due to delay from my university but I still want to pay the application fee. Do u think I stand a chance if my transcripts get to Sweden late?
    Thanks

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