Every since I started working as a Digital Ambassador, I had the pleasure to interact with many current and prospective students at KI. I also received many questions regarding Karolinska Institutet and Global Health, in particular. Because it can be overwhelming to sort out all the information from the Institute’s website, I decided to put the answers and links together, and hopefully make your life a little easier.
- Should I start learning Swedish before coming to Sweden?
The short answer is not necessarily. Unless you opted for a programme in Swedish (in which case you had to provide proof of knowledge in Swedish), your interactions with the Swedish language in class will be minimal to none. That is also the case for the Global Health programme – all classes are in English, so prior knowledge of Swedish is not required. That being said, KI does offer a language course that you can attend either in the introduction week, or later on in the semester. More information you can find here and here.
- Can I get a scholarship? What about a CSN grant?
The short answer is yes, you can get a scholarship, but you have to look into the eligibility criteria, to see if you can apply for one. Both KI and Study in Sweden have pages dedicated to this topic, here and here. More information on CSN eligibility can be found here.
- Do I need to travel abroad for my thesis? How fast do I have to decide on my research topic?
Because of the nature of the GH programme, the time frame is relatively short, so you do not have as much time to decide on a research topic, as you would have in other programmes. By November, you should probably have an idea on what your plan is, so that you can communicate with your coordinator/s and have enough time to write a good thesis outline, which will be due sometime in December. Having said that, you will get guidance and assistance right from the beginning, both if you want to apply for one of the projects you and your classmates will be offered, if you want to search for another one within the research groups at KI, or if you want to conduct an independent research project. Travelling abroad to a middle or low income country is not a requirement, as you can work with data that has already been collected.
- What is the cost of life in Sweden and how much money does a student spend/month?
The answer to this question varies on each person’s lifestyle, on where you live, if you share the cost of accommodation with a roommate, whether you need transportation to and from university, and the list goes on. Study in Sweden has a pretty accurate list on this topic, as well as a comparison between the most important cities in Sweden, which you can find here. If you are like me and you are not eligible for either one of those options, you can find my tips on how to prepare for your arrival here.
- How can I work as a Digital Ambassador?
Apart from meeting interesting, new people and gaining experience, working as a Digital Ambassador can prove to be a great arrangement for a full-time student. Our team recruits new ambassadors every year. Once you arrive at KI, be on the lookout for the job ad, where you will find all the details about how to apply. More info on our work you can find here.
Until next time, hej då!