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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

Louisiana Museum and the Denmark-Sweden Border Control

It was a long weekend break last week and this calls for a short getaway. I’ve heard so much about Louisiana Museum, so stoked to finally visiting there.

Travelling to Copenhagen

I find it very convenient to travel to Denmark. Since I’m living very close to Skåne (South of Sweden), the fastest and most economical way for me to get to Copenhagen is to take the train from Sweden. From Lund/Malmö, it will only take about half an hour or less to Copenhagen.

I bought my train ticket from ticket machine at the train station. The ticket is valid for all train operators, including SJ and Öresundståg. The validity of the time period is also stated on the ticket, longer distance has longer validity such as a few hours.

If you’re travelling together with a friend and using the jojo card under SkåneTrafiken, consider getting the ‘Duo/Familj-biljetten’ option at the ticket machine. This ticket is valid for 2 adults travelling together and it gives a further 10% discount.

Travelling to Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts

I bought the train ticket directly to Humlebæk station. I changed the train at Copenhagen Airport and it takes a further one hour ride to Humlebæk. After a short walk from the station, I arrived at Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts. Woohoo!

Students pay DKK 100 for the entry instead of adult price, so don’t forget to bring your student ID. The museum’s cafe has very nice food with a scenic view. However, it’s a little pricey for me. Next time, I would remember to pack the picnic food along. Besides, the sunny spring weather is perfect for picnics.


What to see in Louisiana 

There are currently 3 main exhibitions – Fire Under Snow, Eye Attack and Illumination along with several galleries of different artists. The outdoor sculpture park is amazing! The view is spot on. I can easily spend a few hours at the museum.

What excites me are the upcoming exhibitions  – Classics at Louisiana which features a selection of classic works from Lichtenstein, Warhol, Picasso, Hockney, Kiefer and Yves Klein as well as the Picasso before Picasso, featuring Picasso’s earliest works as an adolescent. There are concerts and interesting workshops, pretty a lot going on!

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Getting back to Sweden and the Border Control

It is a breeze to get out of Sweden but getting back is another matter. Initially, the border control was only done at Malmö Hyllie station, the first station after Copenhagen. After which, border control was also initiated at the Copenhagen airport upon entering the train platform. This means that you have to show your ID twice.

I often commute between Copenhagen and Sweden and is used to the border control and delays. However, this time round I was informed that my Swedish ID card wasn’t enough as I’m not a citizen and I need to further produce additional visa document which shows that I’m allowed to stay in Sweden. This has never happened before.

I usually don’t bring my visa document with me, it just so happened I was also travelling to Prague and I brought it along (in case) even though I have never been requested to produce visa document when I travel in Europe. In the train, two or three international students sitting behind me were asked the same. They have their ID/passports but were still required to show the student visa proof (they were not prepared for this) and had further explanations to do.

The overall delay was about 45 minutes. I would recommend to avoid taking the last train in case of delays or train cancellation. Always bring your ID/passport and visa documents with you whenever you travel. Because of the hassle, I avoid going to Emporia, one of my favourite big shopping mall by Malmö Hyllie station.