Hello! I know the application portal for the master’s program has just opened and it is way too early to use the word “final”. However, it is good to know what is expected from you to avoid last minute hiccups and make the application process as smooth as possible.
I was in your place last year and I know how we tend to over-look smaller details amidst all that stress! So I have made a checklist that you can refer to if you are applying for the Master’s Program in Biomedicine. I encourage you to also keep track of the requirements and messages in the university admissions portal since they send a message if any documents are missing.
- Bachelor’s degree (you must have minimum of 180 credits)
- Transcript of completed courses (this is issued by your college; if you have more than one degree, merge all the transcripts into one PDF file)
- Results of an English language test (if you are not exempted from this criteria)
- Valid passport
- Valid ID card or an official document for EU students (to ensure you get the fee exemption)
- CV Form (Spend alot of time on this! It must be perfect).
- A document from your university stating that you are enrolled in the final semester, if you still have not completed bachelor’s studies at the time of application. (Note that you still have to upload the transcript containing details of all the courses completed till date)
- Work experience certificate (from your employer or academic referee; required only if you have mentioned it in your CV form).
- Additional degrees or diplomas (again- required only if you have it).
- Citizens of certain countries need to provide additional documentation. Ensure that you have checked the criteria for your country.
Some things you cannot forget:
- All the files must be in PDF format.
- Remember to scan your original documents (in color) and also provide official translation (to English).
- Just one copy of the document is sufficient even if the same is required by more than one university.
- There is a possibility that you might have to send some documents via regular post. Check this link to know if you have to do so.
- Mark the files appropriately. I had labelled mine as name_document-type.
- Double check the file name and its contents. You will not be able to make any changes after uploading the documents.
- Do not upload any unnecessary documents. It will only add to the clutter. If you are unsure, you can always shoot an e-mail to the admissions portal or to KI.
- Any work/ research experience that you have mentioned in your CV form must be certified (documented). Otherwise, it will not be taken into consideration while assessing your application.
- Pay the application fee well within the deadline.
- It is always important to rank your choices and give first priority to your dream university. When I had given rank 1 to Karolinska Institutet, I thought I would not make it through, but here I am! So, never under estimate yourself.
Now that you know what is to be done, GET TO WORK! Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your documents. Save some time in the end to check and recheck if all the documents are there. The portal has no way of sorting documents as per universities so it will all look a bit haphazard in the end. Naming them properly helps here and use the checklist.
All the best with your application and please feel free to contact me if you need any information 🙂