First of all, hearty congratulations to everyone who got an admit from Chalmers in the first notification results announced on 24th of March.
For all of you who would be coming to Gothenburg this Autumn, I have gathered some necessary information and put it together in this blog.
First things first.
You will need to accept the offer on universityadmissions.se before the 12th of April 2017. For those who have been placed on the reserve list, please be patient and wait for the 2nd round of results.
The predeparture event: Chalmers conducts predeparture events after the admit results are out. Please sign up for the event as it's a wonderful opportunity to mingle with your fellow classmates.
You can find more information about the event here. http://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/Pages/meet-us.aspx
For students looking for bank loans, I suggest you to start working on it as soon as possible. No matter how easy it looks please don't procrastinate it. Banks take an awful amount of time and formalities to lend money to you.
Also, make sure you get a forex card (a multi-currency card) from you banks. You can load it with Swedish Krona and some euros as the exchange rate is very cheap compared to using your debit cards.
To pay the tuition fees you would get an invoice from Chalmers. I would suggest you check your emails at least once a day to keep yourself updated.
I receive lots of questions regarding the monthly expenses in Sweden. I will be posting another blog on that topic soon. So please keep an eye on the next stop Chalmers webpage.
Apart from the monthly expenses, many students ask about the possibility of to find part jobs. It is not highly recommended because your course will take up at least 40 hours per week. So in order to keep a good work-life balance it is advisable that you focus on getting good grades and networking which will go a long way when it comes to finding jobs after you finish your masters.
Building a network.
Get in touch with other students who are coming to Chalmers in august. It is advisable to create a WhatsApp/facebook group for the same.
Also, network with the student ambassadors who are currently studying at Chalmers. You will receive valuable input from them.
If you are a Non-EU student you will need to apply for the residence permit. I would really suggest starting the procedure as soon as possible since in Sweden people don't work during the month of July.
You can find more information about it on this website:
Keep an eye on the flight ticket prices and don't forget to book it well in advance. Also, most airlines offer extra baggage allowances, make sure to avail those offers. Try to reach Gothenburg on the arrival days(which you will be informed by email soon), you’ll be provided free transportation from Aiport to Gothenburg, and you will also be provided with information about Gothenburg.
My personal recommendation is to reach early, then you can explore Gothenburg and meet your classmates phadder group(which will be notified by email, so another reason to check your emails regularly)
This is most important advice I can offer to anyone coming to Chalmers. In the beginning, you will not be used to the prices in the restaurants at all. Studying master’s is not a walk in the garden, that one shall just eat-sleep-study. You will need to cook food, clean dishes, clean your apartment, buy grocery, do laundry, and yeah study. So be mentally prepared for this lifestyle. You have plenty of websites on cooking. You can check them out and try to prepare food by yourself. Also, make a list of your favourite dis
hes and ask your mum to teach you.
I would suggest you bring good quality warm clothes, jackets, umbrellas since those are quite expensive here. But you can find 2nd hand stores in Gothenburg where you can buy them at an affordable price.
If your electronic gadgets are old then I would suggest you buy new ones before coming here as they are expensive here. If you are from a country which uses three pin plugs then I suggest you buy a couple of three to two pin euro plug converters.
So that it's for this blog, and keep an eye on the next stop Chalmers website (https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/default.aspx )for more informative blogs. If you have more queires please feel free to contact me via my
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