Many of you who applied for a Master’s at the KI may have been accepted to a programme and may now be preparing for your journey across to Sweden. Many congratulations, I hope you’re very excited for this new phase in your life! You have much to look forward to! For those of you who unfortunately didn’t receive a place, many commiserations. Please keep in mind that the process is very competitive and that there are many opportunities out there to fulfil your ambitions.
Throughout the last couple of weeks I’ve received and been in contact with a number of you who have had questions and concerns about your move across. No doubt many of you have similar questions so here I thought I’d outline some questions and answers…
Where can we find funding?
Ahhh funding, such a common and sensible question! First, I come from a country within the European Union so those of you in the same position you do not have to pay tuition fees. Those of you who still have to pay there are a number of organisations offering scholarships, please see this page for further information: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=38994&a=119722&l=en. (Please note that to the best of my knowledge the Swedish institute and the Karolinska Institutet scholarships for next year have already been decided, therefore you need to think of alternative funding sources.) I suggest looking at the other options on the KI webpage given and also searching the internet and looking both within your home country, within Sweden and at multinational companies to see if there is any other form of funding available. If you have specific funding questions you are very welcome to contact the KI at the following email address: email@example.com.
Where can we find accommodation?
Another important question! It is well known amongst those living in Stockholm and searching for accommodation that finding a place is difficult! With this in mind I suggest a) you start searching for accommodation early b) step outside your comfort zone by asking friends/family for accommodation possibilities in Sweden c) check out these pages: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=38994&a=31425&l=en and http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=38994&a=69730&l=en d) for those with specific accommodation questions you are welcome to contact the KI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What else do I need to think about?
As with any move there is so much to think about! Here is a checklist from the KI website: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=38994&a=140404&l=en. I suggest that on top of this you bring a big smile and lots of energy!
Moving is both exhausting but exciting and once you’re here no doubt you’ll be filled with every emotion. Importantly they’ll be many of you in the same boat and with this in mind you can look forward to adopting a new family in Sweden who will become a great wealth of smiles, laughter and support when you’re in Sweden! I hope that in the mean time I’ve helped to calm any nerves and for those of you worried about funding, accommodation and everything else in between this blog has provided some information. If you have any questions you are very welcome to email (email@example.com) and I will do my very best to answer.