I studied the Master's Programme in International and Comparative Education at the Department of Education.

Questions and answers

Question:

Hi Kyoko, what are the areas of study under the Masters program?

What type of Job do you do now, after having completed the masters and also what other jobs does the masters open you up to?
Isaac

Answer:

Hi Isaac,

I am happy to hear that you are interested in the program.

Area of Study:

Regarding the area of study, "International and Comparative Education" covers a lot; Theory of Science, Educational Planning, Globalization and Education, Sustainable Development of Education, Research Methodology etc.

You can read more in detail from here:

https://www.edu.su.se/english/education/master-s-programme/programme-structure-from-autumn-2019-1.405117

Job opportunities:

Regarding job opportunities, I would say it was a good choice for me. As I said in the video, I am working at EF which is an international education company and recently got transferred to Stockholm office from Tokyo.

I think it depends on you, how you want to use your time and how you enhance your knowledge and experiences during the time of the study. The early is better to take actions. Maybe you can do internships, interviews, volunteer work etc.

I can also tell you what my classmates are going after the program.

Half of us had a teaching background or a university degree in education. So some went back to their home counties and continued teaching. I know some of native English speakers are working at International Schools in Sweden (both high schools and primary schools). 

Some of us were interested in international organizations such as UN and UNESCO and a cohort year below me got an opportunity to visit the UN in France during their course, and a couple of them are working at NGOs in Africa now, but not at UN or UNESCO. And some of us are working within non-educational fields such as Municipality, IT, business management consultancy, Thinktank etc. And I know at least 4 of my classmates continued studying to Ph.D. in both Sweden and Europe. I must say that the course covers a broad theme so there are many possibilities.

Hope you find a good place to study!

Best,
Kyoko

 

Question:

hello! I have applied for the course and in the throes of preparing my letter of intent. any guidelines that can help boost my chances?
Isaac

Hi Kyoko,
What tips can you give for someone writing the required motivation letter? Is there any suggestion for someone in the process of writing one and hoping to get accepted on the Master's Programme?
Julyanna

Answer:

Hi Isaac and Julyanna,

Thank you for your emails! I am glad to hear you are interested in the programme.

I am just one of the alumni and not an administrator or a professor or anything, but from my point of view, I think the university wants diversity. They probably would like to have international students who have different way of thinking, ambition, curiosity, experiences, and maybe ability in research various topics. So I recommend you to read the requirements of the programme carefully and understand what they want.

If you were a professor or an admin staff, what kind of "letter of intent" do you wanna read?  Be positive and show your curiosity! Also, I think it is also very important to pay attention to detail (e.g. format) when it comes to writing a paper :) 

Hope this gives you a direction.

Good luck on your study!

Kyoko 

 

Question:

Hi Kyoko,I am planning to apply to this programme and my question is what should I focus on to be admitted to the faculty?
Mahmud

Answer:

Hi Mahmud,

Hope you are well. Thank you for your email, I am happy to hear that you are considering this programme.

It is important to cover the admission requirements. 

One of the admission requirements at my department is to have a Teaching degree or Bachelor’s degree within the social sciences or humanities, or its equivalent, corresponding to 180 Swedish higher education credits (equal to 180 ECTS) in undergraduate university studies.

I recommend you to check the detailed guideline for the program and the application form. 

https://www.edu.su.se/english/education/master-s-programme/how-to-apply-master-s-programme-in-education-with-international-and-comparative-specialisation-1.249769

My personal recommendation: if you were a professor or an admin, what kind of "letter of intent" do you wanna read? Good luck with your study!

Best regards,

Kyoko 

 


Question:

Hey Kyoko! 

I am Lorena from Croatia and my main concern is acommodation in Stockholm. While i was a student in Croatia, i lived in a dorm and since it's very cheap, my parents financed it. Since I'm interested in this madtma programme and Sweden is much more expensive than Croatia, especially Stockholm, i was wondering about my options if i do get in. What do the other students do? Is it possible to work to earn the rent money or everyone lives off of scholarships? Since I'm an EU citizen, there are not too many scholarship options etc. Also, from your experience, what are the odds of getting in the programme? Do many more people apply for it than there are  available places? I think  that's about it. Thank you very much for your time and patience.

Best regards
Lorena

Answer:

Hi Lorena, 

Thank you for your email! I am happy to hear that you are considering the programme.

Yes accommodation in Stockholm can be tricky. For my case, I had a Swedish friend in Stockholm so I could share a flat.

Some students lived in Lappis: https://www.su.se/english/education/student-services/housing/housing-for-exchange-students/housing-areas/2.322/lappis-lappk%C3%A4rrsberget-1.1563

But most of my friends shared an apartment and or rented an second hand apartment. Here you can read more: https://www.su.se/english/education/student-services/housing

I am not sure about working permission since I am from Japan. But I guess if you are an EU citizen, you have rights to work I assume! 

And I don't know how many people apply and how high the pass rate is for this programme. Many friends have applied several programs in Stockholm and outside Sweden.

Good luck and have a nice weekend!

Best,
Kyoko

 

Question: 

Hi Kyoko,
I have a Bsc in procurement management from a reputable university in Ghana and a teacher’s diploma certificate in French education. I am currently a teacher in a public school. I’m I eligible for this program?
Thank you!

Wendy

Answer: 

Hi Wendy,

Thank you for your email. 

I cannot guarantee anuthing but it sounds like you can apply for the course.

One of the requirements at "International and Comparative Education" is to have a Teaching degree or Bachelor’s degree within the social sciences or humanities, or its equivalent, corresponding to 180 Swedish higher education credits (equal to 180 ECTS) in undergraduate university studies.

Each course has different requirements, but there are detailed guidelines for programs so you can check the website. https://www.edu.su.se/english/education/master-s-programme/how-to-apply-master-s-programme-in-education-with-international-and-comparative-specialisation-1.249769

Good luck with your study!

Best,

Kyoko 

 

Question: 

Dear Kyoko, If I have a diploma that gives me possibility to study at a Finnish University, can I study at your University also? I`m not planning to study business but humanities. Liisa

Answer: 

Hi Liisa,

Hope you are well! I think it depends on which program you are going to study. One of the admission requirements at my department is to have a Teaching degree or Bachelor’s degree within the social sciences or humanities, or its equivalent, corresponding to 180 Swedish higher education credits (equal to 180 ECTS) in undergraduate university studies.

Each course has different requirements, but there are detailed guidelines for programs so you can check the application form. 

https://www.edu.su.se/english/education/master-s-programme/how-to-apply-master-s-programme-in-education-with-international-and-comparative-specialisation-1.249769

Good luck with your study! 

Best regards,

Kyoko

 

Question: 

Hi Kyoko, Is it possible for an applicant to get funds from swedish goverment this upcoming year if he/she apply for that programme? This is just because previous years most of those who have been given grants are those who applied for applied science programmes. Thanks, Mukundabantu

Answer: 

Hi Mukundabantu,

Hope you are well! Thank you for reaching out to me. If you have a permanent residency in Sweden, or if you are a Swedish citizen, you can apply for government funding for your studies, aka CSN (https://www.csn.se/languages.html). I got a permanent residency at the end of the course so I only received CSN for the last 2 months. I am not sure if the previous students matter for this or not. I recommend contacting CSN directly. 

There is also scholarship information here too: https://www.edu.su.se/english/education/master-s-programme/scholarships-1.249767

Good luck with your study!

Best regards,

Kyoko 

 

Question: 

Hello Kyoko, my name is Eleni and I would like to study international and comparative education in Sweden. I would really appreciate it if you could give me some information on how stand out through the application process and what job opportunities I would have with an MA in international Education  / Eleni Alkalaki

Answer: 

Hi Eleni,

Thank you for your question.

Application process:

The application process was very clear. You apply from a web format.

See how to:

https://www.su.se/english/education/application-admissions/application-a-step-by-step-guide/application-step-by-step-guide-1.176

One thing you should be careful was the admin process.

https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start

I was declined for all program first and wanted to know why. So I contacted to the admission and they told me that a required document was missing. But I was so sure that I handed in all documents. So I asked them to check one more time and they found all the documents in the end. And I got accepted. So even you got rejected I recommend you to contact them.

Job opportunities:

Half of us had teacher back ground or university degree in education. So some went back to their home counties and continued teaching. I know some of native English speakers are working at International schools in Sweden (High schools and primary schools). It depends on what you and your classmate wish but a cohort year below me got an opportunity to visit the UN in France during their course, and a couple of them are working at NGOs in Africa now. And some of us are working within non-educational fields such as Municipality, IT, business management consultancy, Thinktank etc. And I know at least 4 of us continued studying to Ph.D. in both Sweden and Europe. I must say that the course covers a broad theme ”International and Comparative Education” so there are many possibilities.

Good luck!

Kyoko