So my name is Roman, I’m 24yo media professional from Moscow and in mid April it came out that I was awarded the SI scholarship for master’s studies in Sweden. Told it would cover both tuition fees and living costs – hope so :) And that’s great.
And, yes, my life and plans have changed a bit – I didn’t expect this to happen, honestly. I graduated from my university in 2012, so for nearly 4y I’ve had a life full of work – but not studies. This will be a big change – in Russia you go to uni right after school (which for me meant at 16), and now I’m going to study when I’m an adult.
Good thing is that I will study at Stockholm University, and I know Stockholm pretty much – been there around 9 times. Also, I speak some Swedish, which makes everything easier.
A bit about how it goes after you’ve been offered a scholarship. Well, first you just follow all the instructions from SI (guys there are really helpful about everything), sign papers and send them via e-mail. Then you apply for the residence permit (which is also easy and goes online). And then you should take some care about you future stay in Sweden. Which means:
They tell you it is tricky. In Stockholm it is not tricky. It is hell. I’m really really jealous for those who are guaranteed accommodation by their university. It makes your way so much easier. So if you have this option – ALWAYS try it. If you won’t like the place you gonna stay in – you can always relocate then, but at least you know you have a place to live once […]