In October 2013 I wrote something about planning the application process. Hope that was useful for some of you. Now I will continue with the following steps summarized in a big “be patient”.
3. Following up
Once University Admissions has your documents the admission process starts. You must check your account at UA as they will use the messages tab to communicate any remark they find in your documents. It appears that the actual qualification process starts in March (I say this based on my experience and is not official information), so you could have some additional time to solve any remark. That was the case with my TOEFL results in my first application.
4. Qualification process
You have had two months or more waiting any news about your application. As soon as the deadline for receiving documents passes, the status in your application will change to “in process”. They check the documents you send and begin to figure out if you are qualified for the Master program or not. You are still able to modify the order of priority in the programs you selected but be careful. This not happened to me but I read somewhere on the web that if you perform any change to your application after the deadline, it will be considered as a late application. So, ask for the University Admissions’ advice before any change.
In my most recent case, remeber I applied for 2012 also, I received the status Qualified very quickly, first days of March of 2013, for one of my options. But for the others three I had to wait until about a week before the results announcement date. So, do not be scared if you do not see any change. In all my applications I received the status Qualified for all masters of programs involved. If you receive the status Qualified it means, as the University Admissions page itself says, that you meet the minimum admission requirements. Now you are competing with other people more or less qualified tan you, but all qualified. My experience is that the selection process is very tough.
You will also see a merit ranking and a group where you have been placed. This is, for me, the more confusing step because each university has its own groups and they place you in a group or other according criteria you do not know. If at this moment you were anxious, now you could be even more. But don’t panic. Here, in Swedish, a site where many, but not all, the admission groups codes for many Swedish universities are decoded : http://www.studeravidare.se/om-hogskolan/urvalsgrupper
The Swedish Council for Higher Education manages a site where you can check statistics of previous selection processes: http://statistik.uhr.se/
. It is in Swedish but, if you do not understand the language, Google solves you that problem. In that site you can see how many people applied for each program or course, how many of them are women or men, how many has Swedish ID number. But the most thrilling thing is that you can find the minimum admission points to your program in previous runs. This can bring hope and more anxiety or, for many of you, disappointment and frustration. But take in account that each case is different, each yearly selection also. If you are in status Qualified, please keep your hopes. In my first application process (2012) my merit ranking for a program at Karolinska Intitutet was 7 / 20. It seemed, and it was, a low qualification, but, anyhow, I was placed in a waiting list after the first admission round. I saw in 2013 that the minimum rating admitted in 2012 was 10, so I was not very far.
The total number of applicants for our global master’s and bachelor’s programmes this year are the following:
Global Health – 664
Biomedicine Master – 475
Biomedicine Bachelor – 306 (still open for late applications)
Health Informatics – 184 (still open for late applications)
Public Health, Epidemiology – 470
Public Health, Health Economics, Policy and Management – 484
Bioentrepreneurship – 197 (still open for late applications)
Toxicology – 182 (still open for late applications).
When results are near to appear I will continue this series