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SI Network for Future Global Leaders – NFGL


In this post I will tackle questions like:

  1. What exactly is NFGL?
  2. How do you qualify to be part of NFGL?
  3. What does the NFGL do?
  4. Does membership last forever?

What exactly is NFGL?

The Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL), is a network seeks to create a lifelong relationship with scholarship holders to Sweden and acts as a strong link between Sweden and their home countries. This allows for continued information and knowledge sharing even after graduation. Currently, the alumni network boasts 10,800 Alumni from over 140 countries representing over 500 degree programs.

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How do you qualify to be part of NFGL?

All recipients of the SI Scholarships and SI Digital Ambassadors qualify. The scholarship programs range from the Visby, Swedish Institute Scholarships , Swedish Turkey scholarship and Western Balkans Scholarship.

Each years batch of scholarship holders come from across the world and represent diverse cultures, backgrounds and circumstances.

These scholarship holders make up the NFGL network.

NFGL Gothenburg in Copenhagen

What does the NFGL do?

NFGL arranges events, seminars and conferences across Sweden to which current and alumni students are welcome. Local chapters of NFGL networks are formed across Sweden to organize local events. In the spring term of 2017, the NFGL network is present in:


The organized events range from study visits, talks and workshops. They act as an avenue for members to network as well as experience first hand the Swedish Institute NFGL values. This year they are Leadership, management & networking, Human Rights, Employment and career development, Sustainability and Creativity and innovation.

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As a current Swedish Institute Scholarship holder, I have been lucky to attend three NFGL events. One trip to UN City in Copenhagen, AB Volvo and Kalmar Energi. Through these study visits I have been able to see the innovative and sustainable aspects of Swedish and Scandinavian organizations.

The visit to UN City was insightful in that we got to delve into the sustainable development goals in depth with Ms. Stine Junge the Private Sector and Secretariat UNDP Denmark. At AB Volvo headquarters we visited the factory and got to experience innovation and sustainability first hand by following the production of a Volvo car from start to finish. At Kalmar Energi who produce 90% of the energy in Kalmar city, we got to learn about a project they are running by building of solar farms using a sort of crowdfunding model.


Visits to Kalmar Energi , The broken piano staircase at UN City, AB Volvo

Through these three events I have gotten to bond with members of my local network as well as get to meet students from various cities in Sweden including Stockholm, Kalmar and Växjö.


Does membership last forever?

Yes! You are a lifelong member and become part of the alumni upon graduation. If you are the lucky recipient of a Swedish Institute scholarship for 2017/2018 make sure to look out for the NFGL events and attend and join on to as many activities as you can or even plan a few of your own.

You are also welcome to apply for next years round of scholarships here.


From Sweden with Love

Sweden Application tips

Today marks the last day to submit your choices for the 1st admission round for Bachelor and Master applications for  Autumn 2017. Therefore, I decided to quick write 5 Sweden application tips to give you a much needed pat on the shoulder to tell you that your almost through with the first step to coming to Study in Sweden.

Quick Study in Sweden Application tips

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As a Swedish Institute Scholarship holder for 2016/17, I believe it’s part of the process of paving it forward to help as many people make their application process easier. This time last year was manic for me between running around getting all my documents together and also deciding whether the 4 choices I had made were the right ones for me as well as submitting my application for the SI Study Scholarship.


Sweden application tips 

1. Get organized

Use one notebook to keep track of all your passwords from University admissions and the SI Scholarships (if you are applying for these). Also I suggest storing all your needed documents in one folder on your computer. Label these folders according to use. i.e. application step 1, application for scholarship step 1. Also label according to content i.e. ID documents, Transcripts, Degree certificates, Motivational letters e.t.c. This really helps keep track of all the documents that you need for your application.

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2. Keep an eye on deadlines

During this process you will come across a number of deadlines. Examples: 16th January 24:00 GMT is the deadline to submit your application for the First admission round autumn 2017 for bachelors and masters. However, you should note that the deadline for submitting your supporting documentation and paying the application fee is 1st February 2017.

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3. Scholarship information

If you are thinking about applying for a scholarship, a good place to start is the Study in Sweden Scholarship page. It breaks down information on the Swedish Institute Scholarships, University Scholarships, Scholarship competitions and other general Scholarships.

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4. Keep an eye on details

This tip I cannot stress enough. The application process to Study in Sweden might seem daunting at first, but if you pay attention to all the small pieces of information it will make your life much simpler. Remember to check specific entry requirements for your country, for you course of choice and also sometimes for your faculty of choice. Some require various documentation i.e. some applicants cannot submit documents directly but they must first be sent from their universities directly to universityadmissions. Other examples include motivational letters or  CV’s and work samples for various courses.

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5. Use your time wisely

The period between the 16th of January and the 1st of February should be used to collate all your documents and pay your application fee. A piece of advice I can give is that (if possible) pay via credit/debit card. The first time I applied I used EFT and missed out one number. Let’s just say that I missed the application that year and I was devastated. Also, make sure all your documents are in pdf. This makes collation much easier as well as formatting for both you and the universityadmissions staff.

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Extra tip: Take a break and be easy on yourself. You still have some time from today until you get your admission results. So find something to take your mind of and celebrate each time you continue to the next step

All the Best and See you in Autumn!

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From Sweden with Love

Horseback riding in Uppsala

Chinese version here!

I repaired my bicycle yesterday, so came out and did interview this morning.

When I woke up and opened window, I noticed the ground was wet outside and the cloud in the sky seemed thicker than a woolen hat.  I was just walking through a huge area of palm trees in warm south Asia in the dream minutes ago. I felt like the same in summer,  wanted to clean the sky in North Europe by a broom. If  more light irradiated through the clouds, the local people here might not be so cold as they got enough sunshine.

It was not raining, while it’s super moist in the air. I started the journey to horse field in warm jacket.

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It was not so far away, around 15 min to ride there. There were fields and red houses on both sides of my road. I came here in summer, downy and golden awns of wheat looked so nice in the sunshine. Now it’s winter, the fields has been tidied up, black soil was outside. Three cute dogs ran after flying disk, someone was walking them here,

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There were many naked trees with fruits but no leaves on the roadside. Small apples and red rose hips was hanging and moving in the wind with dewdrops.

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I picked one nearest to my hand.

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Horse field of Uppsala University, anyone can have courses no matter whether he / she is student here. You can sign up at the beginning of every semester. If it’s too late,  you have to wait in a queue for the next semester. It’s a pity that all courses are taught in Swedish, although there are many foreign students here.

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I threw out that apple, they gathered around me immediately.

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I was outside of office. It’s warm but quiet, I didn’t see anyone here in the first ten minutes.

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Introduction of riding scholarships. You will be judged by both study and riding experiences, only the ones who get good GPA and have had professional riding training can award the scholarship. There will be ten lucky students every semester. The scholarship is free riding courses for the whole semester.

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The fee of autumn semester 2015 is below. For 20 times with ten people it’s 4000 SEK, every course lasts for one hour. The less people in a course, the higher fee will cost. Language won’t be changed because of foreigners, but most of the coach can speak English well.

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You can also have a try to ride here, the fee is 500 SEK for half an hour.

They allowed me to get into the stable and take pictures. Horses were eating, looked cute. Their names and birth years were written on the boards.

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We were in the same age 😉

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The riding scholarships can be applied at the beginning of semester, deadline is Sep 23th for this autumn one. Good luck! 🙂