Important Websites You Need To Visit

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If you’re interested in studying in Sweden and especially applying for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, I’ve compiled a list of websites and webpages you need to visit and study their content to be well-prepared for the applications. It is comprehensive enough for you to know how to successfully navigate the whole process. One group of websites not mentioned are websites of the universities in Sweden you’re interested in, you should place as much importance on them as you would do for the below webpages. I will implore you to click on those links and go through the information presented there.

1. How to apply for Master’s in Sweden

2. List of all Master’s programmes in Sweden (1030 in total)

3. How to apply for Swedish Institute Study Scholarship

4. Study in Sweden Facebook Page

5. Swedish Institute Study Scholarship Facebook Page

6. List of universities in Sweden

7. Entry requirements for Master’s in Sweden

8. Application process for Masters

9. English Language requirements for Master’s in Sweden

10. Application fee for Master’s in Sweden and how to pay it

11. Documents to submit for Master’s application in Sweden

12. Special instructions for the country where you earned your Bachelor’s degree

13. How to submit your documents for Master’s application in Sweden (Part 1)

14. How to submit your documents for Master’s application in Sweden (Part 2)

15. Blogs by students currently studying in Sweden

16. Student stories about studying in Sweden

I know that is so much  information. I understand, but I also went through this phase and I visited all these websites when I was applying. I believe that by the time you go through them all, you’d be so much prepared that you’ll be applying with so much confidence and assurance that you’d be selected. Don’t dwell on the work involved, think about the joy that awaits you when results are published. This is a chance to win a fully-funded education in one of the world’s most progressive countries. Trust me, it is worth the effort.

I hope you’ll visit all those websites and study the information they provide.

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Work and Leadership Experience

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One very important thing for you to note is the fact that academic achievement does not play a significant role in the selection of scholarship winners, even though you have to be admitted before you can be awarded the scholarship. The most important things are work experience and leadership experience.

The Swedish Institute usually requires at least 3000 hours of work experience. How do you calculate the number of hours you’ve worked for totally? Follow this step. How many hours do you work in a week? How many weeks do you work for in a year? And how many years have you worked for? Now multiply the three numbers; the number of hours, the number of weeks and the number of years. This work experience doesn’t have to be from a paid work, it could be internship, volunteering, part-time employment, either during your university studies or after university studies.

As for the leadership experience, it could be through previous work experience, through position as chairman or board member at student unions or student organisations, through involvement in civil society organisations, or volunteer assignments after high school studies, or maybe you’ve had the responsibility of organizing events, raising funds; all these experiences can count as leadership experience. Leadership experience can also be the experience of leading other colleagues/organisations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organisation you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.

So, if you don’t have any of these at the moment, you have the whole year to gain the experience, and if you already have this, getting more leadership experience wouldn’t hurt. It doesn’t have to be from a job, you can volunteer for causes focused on societal development in your community. The leadership experience has no requirement in regards to the minimum number of hours.

In the course of the year, I’ll be sharing with you who an ideal candidate for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship is. What ideal profile is the Swedish Institute looking for in a scholarship candidate? By now, you should be “stalking” any website that mistakenly mentions Sweden, :). For example, the admissons website and the scholarship website.

If you have not yet joined my mentorship group, you can sign up your email address here…http://bit.ly/2A4DgWO

My 2018 Goal

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Hi, friends, the timeline for the current application round of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship is as follows:

October, 17, 2017 – Masters application opened at University Admissions
January 15, 2018 – Deadline for selecting Master’s programmes
February 1, 2018 – Deadline for paying application fee and submitting required documents
February 2, 2018 – Applications open for SI scholarship
February 9, 2018 – Applications for SI Scholarship closes
April 6, 2018 –  Admission results published
April 26, 2018 – List of scholarship recipients published

The deadline for applying for Masters was January 15, few days ago. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry, I’ll be here for you throughout the year to guide you as you prepare for the next Autumn admission round that would most likely start in October this year. When I was applying, I started preparing by December, 2015 for the 2016 Autumn admission round in October, 2016. That’s like 11 months of preparation, almost a year! And I got the full scholarship because I was already prepared by the time applications opened.

So, throughout the year, I’ll be mentoring you on how to apply and win the scholarship, if you don’t mind. You can join my email list to take part in one-on-one mentoring from me by clicking on this link…http://bit.ly/2A4DgWO.

Here’s wishing you a great year ahead.

Uniti: The Game Changer?

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In a previous post, I talked about the SI Network For Future Global Leaders as a network exclusively for recipients of the Swedish Institute scholarships, and as a member, you get opportunities for networking in the Swedish professional space through conferences, study visits, etc. Across Sweden, there are local chapters of the network in different universities. So, in my university, Linkoping University, we have the SI NFGL Linkoping, and I was recently voted to the board. So, as part of our plans for the semester, I suggested we do a study visit to Uniti. Many of those around me know that I have a thing for electrified transportation. Uniti is a Swedish startup located in the south of Sweden with the goal of building a smart electric car for commuting. After we contacted the company, we were invited for the global launch of their first product on 7th December; a global gathering of more than 2000 people from different sectors of Sweden’s economy.

We’ve all heard about how electric cars are going to change the future of transportation, and the fast rise of Tesla. By the way, Tesla just launched their electric truck. The future looks interesting already. Uniti, however, is building a smaller vehicle, suitable for urban commuting, with electronic steering and top-notch human-machine interaction (seamless like using your smartphone). They defined their work as “Rethinking the car”.

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Going there afforded me the opportunity of experiencing how the future of transportation will look like, something I’ve read much about. I also spoke with an industry professional whose company makes brakes for vehicles, majorly heavy-duty vehicles. From the glamour of seeing how a global product launch looks like to the technical details of the awesomeness of the Uniti electric vehicle, it was an worth an experience.

Smart Energy Challenge 2017

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In a previous post, I talked about how I was selected alongside 18 others as winners of the Smart Energy Challenge 2017 organised by the Swedish Institute. It involved submission of ideas geared towards encouraging people to use less energy and more sustainably. In that post, I said I’ll let you know about the idea I submitted. So, I’m going to talk about it here. It’s open source, so, anyone can run with it, modify it and apply it in her/his own context. Note that, the idea is not a well-developed one, it will require a lot of iterations to be applicable.

I called it ElecTriCycle. Traffic jams are big problems in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, they can add 4 hours to your daily commute. That’s a lot of productivity lost in smoke-filled congestions of petrol-guzzling vehicles. Most Nigerian homes have electricity generators which are used to supplement inadequate electricity supply. And petrol tricycles are quite popular vehicles for passenger transportation in Nigeria. Why not address all these problems and opportunities with just one idea? That’s where ElecTriCycle comes in. A company is set up, owns a fleet of electric tricycles, employs drivers, passengers share rides in the tricycles and earn points for each ride. When the points reach a particular level, passengers earn a solar power system for their homes which they pay for with a monthly subscription fee that is way less than whatever they currently pay for electricity. The drivers also earn a solar power system after driving a particular number of miles. Meanwhile, the electric tricycles are charged at solar-powered charging stations located in different localities. Considering how expensive the vehicles will be or solar power systems are, will this idea be feasible? Well, that’s why it’s here, anyone can take it up and assess the feasibility. Let me know if you find out something interesting.

As prize for winning the challenge, we were invited to Stockholm for a 2-day pitch training session facilitated by staff of the Social Entrepreneurship Forum from 16-17 November. It involved series of sessions of how to effectively pitch business ideas to different audiences. There was an inspiration session where a representative of Watty, a smart energy start-up in Stockholm, intimated us with how the company helps consumers smartly manage their energy use.

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There was also a visit to Solvatten, another Stockholm-based startup, that helps people in mostly developing regions of the world get access to clean, hot water for domestic use. Meanwhile, Solvatten is Swedish for “sun water” in the literal sense. The company manufactures black jerry can-looking containers that help purify and heat up up water when exposed to the sun. When we got to their office, we saw hanging on their walls, pictures of President Obama checking out their cool product when he visited Stockholm in 2013. I mean, who wouldn’t proudly tout that kind of picture. 🙂

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After the visit, we took a walk through the famous Gamla Stan to have lunch at the Nobel Museum.

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Later that day, we pitched our ideas to staff of the Swedish Institute at their office, just opposite the Swedish Royal Palace (official residence of the Swedish monarchy). Two valuable days, well-spent in the Swedish capital.

All these are opportunities you get as a Swedish Institute scholarship recipient, even after you finish your Master’s studies. Some of the winners of the challenge have actually finished their programmes in Sweden.

You don’t want to miss this. Call for applications have already been made for the next round. Visit the Swedish Institute website here.

Scholarships in Europe and Commitment

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There are many reasons people decide to pursue advanced studies, especially outside their home countries. I am sure among other places like North America and Australia, you’re also considering studying in Europe, being reputable for its top-notch higher education systems.

You cannot ignore the allure of studying in Europe; the opportunity to learn another language, experience a different culture and most important of all, the high quality of education. But high quality means expensive education. While tuition in some European countries is free, others require you to pay for your education out of your pocket. Well, nothing is free in this world. If you see anything tagged free, you may not pay for it, but, surely, someone else is paying for it. So, education in those countries that provide free tuition is usually state-funded; and thanks to numerous scholarships, you can get your Master’s studies funded in those countries that require you to pay for your tuition.

While some scholarships are partial, that is, you only pay a percentage of the tuition fees, others are full scholarships that pay for 100% of your tuition fees. All you need to pay for are your living expenses. Cool, right? Well, there is another class of scholarships that not only pays 100% of your tuition fees, but you also get paid monthly allowances to cover your living expenses. This last class of scholarships is the one I got, the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship for Master’s in Sweden. But scholarships like these are, you guessed it right, very competitive. I mean, 14680 candidates applied for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship (SISS), and only 449 scholarships were awarded, a 3.06% success rate. So, those that eventually were awarded the scholarship, intentionally prepared for it. You’d hardly find an SISS recipient that’ll tell you she/he didn’t know how they got awarded the scholarship.

Preparing for the scholarship just requires commitment from you. As at December 2015, I knew little about the country Sweden, not to talk of knowing about its universities or its Master’s application procedures. But, by the time I was applying for Master’s studies in Sweden in October 2016, I knew so much about the country and its Master’s studies application procedures that I was so confident that I paid my non-refundable application fee same day applications started. Note that, to win this scholarship, you’ll be competing with a large pool of qualified candidates just like you and the selection committee only gets to choose the applicants that meet the objectives of the scholarship most. However, you don’t have to be the valedictorian of your undergraduate class to win it, all it takes is committed preparation and you have to prepare to win from the beginning.

Education In Sweden

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So, we just started the second period of the first semester in my university. In Sweden, each semester is divided into 2 periods where you write exams for the courses you took during the period. In the last period, which was my first experience of Swedish education, I took 3 courses and wrote exams at the end of the courses.

The picture above was taken in the last period after a group session analyzing the organization of McKinsey & Company’s business, a group assignment in an organization and project management course. A group of 5 members, from three different countries. That’s one of the beauties of studying in Sweden, you get to meet students from all over the world, ranging from Asia, Africa, Europe, etc. In Sweden, you get to work in groups for seminars, group assignments and even writing of papers. This not only helps develop team skills, but also helps you establish networks that could prove very vital in the future. That kind of situation where you have friends from all over the world. 🙂