When you apply for university level studies in Sweden you are bound to come in contact with Sweden’s national (online) application portal. The Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services (VHS), which is responsible for the application and admission process, has recently unveiled Universityadmissions.se.
Universityadmissions.se is directed exclusively to international students applying for higher education in Sweden. So if you are from Sweden or want to apply for programs held in Swedish — you should instead go to Antagning.se. I hope and believe that Universityadmissions.se will be a step forward compared to the now defunct application portal Studera.nu, which received substantial criticism (sometimes well deserved) for its lack of usability.
So what’s new, what does it do, and how do I use it?
In short, Universityadmissions.se provides a searchable database of all degree programs and courses that are available for international applicants. When the application period for Autumn 2012 has started (December 1, 2011), it is through Universityadmissions.se that you send in your online application, pay the application fee (if applicable), follow your application in progress (including sending in the required documentation) — and when you have received your notification of selection results, reply to any offers of admission.
However, before you get carried away and start with your online application I would recommend that you have a look at the general guidelines about how to apply to higher education in Sweden at Studyinsweden.se.
The application period for international students wanting to study in Sweden in the fall 2011 is closing on Monday, January 17. Hurry up and apply if you have not done it yet as submissions after this date will be considered late. A few courses and programmes may still allow for a late application after January 17. These have an “Add” button in the course search on Studera.nu. But late applications will be processed by universities only if time allows and places have not been filled.
Also, be sure to submit your supporting documentation and/or payment latest January 28. See Studera.nu for the latest information.
Except for following the applications for fall semester, we are in the middle of planning our events for 2011. We will be writing continuously during the year about the events we are attending and organizing. We already know that we will be present at the student fair, EHEF, in Hong Kong, March 12-13. This event will be organized together with the Swedish General Consulate in Hong Kong.
Hope to see you at one of our events during 2011 or at a university in Sweden soon!
The fair in Bangalore turned out to be the best one so far. Over 1700 students were registered and approximately 1000 turned up, many of them highly qualified and motivated to go abroad. SI/Study In Sweden and the Swedish universities had a great position in the middle of the room and since our material finally arrived, right before we left for the airport in Hyderabad, we made an impact with banners, folders and Nobel medals (made of chocolate). All of those who attended the overcrowded Study in Sweden seminar got giftbags filled with Sweden related things both from SI and the universities.
As we expected, a majority of the attending students were interested in engineering and computer science programs. Bangalore is a hub for IT and automotive industry in India. I am now very familiar with ”automotive engineering” since that was one of the most requested programs. There are also several other engineering programs that are suitable for a career within that industry.
Our role during the fair is to help students find which universities that provide the programs they are interested in and also to answer questions about higher education in Sweden in general. Applications, scholarships, living costs, educational system.
We are now in Chennai to attend the last fair on this tour. It takes place tognight at 5 pm – 8 pm with a presentation of Swedish higher education at 4 pm.
Preparation, anticipation & execution of the QS fair in Bangalore.