Marija Marinkovic - 11 November

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How to write a successful application.

First of all, let me wholeheartedly thank you for reading my second blog. In the previous blog you had the opportunity to read about the reasons why I decided to study in Sweden and my first impressions of arriving in Malmö and starting my studies at Malmö University. Many students have contacted me so far in order to ask for general advice about application writing process. Therefore, in this blog, I will be focusing on tips how to write a good application for the Swedish Institute scholarship to study in Sweden and how to be a successful applicant. 

When it comes to the application process for studying in Sweden, as I wrote in my first blog, it is divided into two parts. To summarize, the first part is student’s application for the university programmes (which deadline is the 15th of January 2014 and students apply through website). The second part is the application for the financial aid, that is Swedish Institute scholarship (which application period is from 3-11 February 2014 and you can find more information here!).

There are many documents that should be collected, such as: Bachelor diploma, Transcript of Records, Recommendations, English Language Test, etc. -it all depends on a programme and you should start collecting them at least two months before planning to send the application. However, as I could notice, students are most insecure about writing a motivational letter and I will focus on that part further on.

Motivational letter for the scholarship stands for the most important step during whole application process. My advice is to write the motivational letter on your own and be yourself. My Swedish Institute scholarship application consisted of several motivational questions where I was supposed to give answers to them. Once you start writing your motivational answers, you should be focused on what the scholarship givers want to see in you. You should write about your life goals, both short-term and long-term, and most importantly, you should describe how the programme that you apply for will influence your life goals. In other words, you should express how the programme will influence your knowledge, personality and abilities in order to accomplish your career goals and plans in the future.

On the other hand, not only is it important to show how the programme will influence you and your career goals, but it is also essential to show them in what way your home country can benefit from you. The scholarship givers would like to see that you might be a potential person to change the world and make it a better place for living. For instance, when I wrote my motivational answers, I focused on my field which I would be studying in Sweden, I told them which profession I would like to sail into after my studies, and – most importantly – I presented them concrete ideas how I planned to make a change in my home society after gaining knowledge and experience from the Malmö University. The point is that you have to show your role of future transformational leader. And an extra tip is to be concise, direct and simplistic while providing your ideas and plans.

Furthermore, I would like to mention that you will need to make and pass a recognized English language knowledge test in case you do not have one already. The University Admission in Sweden allows students to demonstrate their English abilities through the following recognized English tests: IELTS, TOEFL, Michigan English Assessment Battery, Pearson PTE Academic, University of Cambridge ESOL Examination- Cambridge English Advanced and Cambridge English Proficiency. You can find more information about English language requirements for Swedish Universities here! You will need to take the test before January so that you will have time to wait for the test’s results and apply for the programme before the deadline- the 15th of January. This means you should book your exam as soon as possible because there are sometimes long queues for taking it. Feel free to contact me - my email is:  maja.marinkovic5@yahoo.com - if you need material for IELTS and TOEFL self-study practice.

In overall, the most important thing is to be patient during the application process and do not give up easily during collecting all necessary and demanding documents. I wish you good luck with the application and do not hesitate to contact me in case you need more details about above-mentioned issues. I send you many greetings from Sweden until the next blog.

/Marija Marinkovic

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