I studied the Master´s Programme in Marketing at the Stockholm Business School.

Questions and answers

 

Question:

hello wei wei, greetings in the name of the almighty,
am inuring about the scholarship opportunities offered in this department. i hold an accounting degree but want to apply for a masters in marketing?
nsamba

Answer:

Dear nsamba,

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great! 

Please kindly find the links below that are related to your question. There are two kinds of scholarship for students from outside of EU, one is offered by SU as tuition fees waiver (only for those who put SU at the first place), the other is offered by Swedish Institute, which could also cover tuition fees & living fees. 

Fees and Scholarship information

Fees: http://www.su.se/english/education/fees-scholarships

Contact: tuitionfeescholarship@su.se

Scholarship: http://www.su.se/english/education/fees-scholarships/scholarships

Swedish Institute (scholarships): https://eng.si.se/

Wei Wei

 

Question:

Hi Wei Wei, How much is tuition? For undergraduate student in particular. Thanks have lovely night. Santonio

Answer: 

Hi Santino,

The video you saw is about the reasons why I chose Stockholm University, how it is like studying there, the merits of the program, what my current career is and how the program contributes to my current career.

The tuition fees depend on which program you are going to apply for.

Human Science/ Social Science/ Law, 90,000 SEK/ year (SEK means Swedish Kronor)

Natural Science, 140,000 SEK/ year (SEK means Swedish Kronor)

Some program may have particular tuition fees, in between the two amount stated above.

You can check more about tuition fees on SU's website: su.se/study

Hope this answered to your question and have a nice day!

Best regards,

Wei Wei

 

Question:

Hi,
It is a pleasure to have you answer some of my questions. So, in the 3rd semester where can we transfer beside Paris as you mentioned. If you please, can you maybe add my Wechat: winaldy 
Andre 
 
Answer:

Dear Andre,

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great and ready for the upcoming application! 

For the 3rd semester transfer studies, attached is the school list from my time, however, this list would change from year to year, just for your reference. As you can see that most are top universities in the world. The university I went was Paris-Dauphine, famous for its Finance program, which was very impressive. 

For WeChat, you are welcome to add the SU alumni group "SU" to ask more questions in the group (QR code attached). Also, if you are resident in Shanghai, you are welcome to join SU alumni event (attached is the address) this Friday, 26th October, in Shanghai and the education fair this weekend in Shanghai, where you can meet up teachers from Stockholm University! 

Have a nice day!

Best regards, Wei Wei

 

Question: 

Hi Wei Wei,

Thank you very much for your reply, I really appreciate it.

I am just wondering, did you take the GMAT test when you applied to the university?

Furthermore, what do you think that increases the chance of me getting to the university besides getting GMAT as I read that taking GMAT will increase the chance of getting in the university.

Just asking, but do you think that I will be accepted with a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA.

Anyways, just for an info, I'm Indonesian and graduated my Bachelors Degree in Beijing Foreign Studies University.

So yeah, I can speak Chinese. 

认识你很高兴!

Thank you,

Andre

Answer: 

Dear Andre,

Nice to hear that you can speak Chinese and 我也很高兴认识你 (Nice to meet you also), if you do not mind, I will keep writing in English. Below are my answers:

1. Did you take the GMAT test when you applied to the university?

- Yes, I did and I got 600 (top range from my class, the average score from my time was around 560). This will definitely increase your probability of getting into SBS (Stockholm Business School @SU). Since it was the first year of GMAT requirement, the grade expectation was not that high. Of course, the higher score, the better and more competitive.

2. Do you think that I will be accepted with a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA? What other factors of increasing the probabilities of getting into SU?

Below is the answer I answered previously regarding GPA, hope would be also useful for you:

“I used to study in Sweden for my Bachelor degree and got 180 credits at that time as Sweden uses the ECTS grading system instead of GPA (mostly U.S or Chinese universities' way of calculation). You can google in detail to understand what is ECTS. Basically you get 60 credits in a full-time academic year, equals to 1500-1800 hours of studying, every single credit equals to 25-30 hours of studying. During my free time, I studied extra 30 credits.

My average grade is B (top 25% of the class), the grades for my final year were all As, and I got my Bachelor thesis grade A as I planned to study in the U.S. If I don't remember it wrong, my GPA should between 3.0-3.5 after turnover.

However, from my experience, I think you should not be worried about GPA as SU looks more into if you are 1. fulfilling the general requirements, such as language (IELTS/ TOFEL/ English as the main language for Bachelor), GMAT (if you want to study in business school); 2. qualified to further study the master program, which means you are fulfilling to the program's specific requirements such as specific academic credits, internships, etc. Also, I think my study in Sweden before was also a plus for successfully admitted.

In general, I think Swedish universities look more into your strengths, ability, academic achievement and evaluate if you are the most appropriate candidate for the applied program in general, not only about GPA, but also your motivation for studying a master program @SU. Therefore, I would advice you to write more of yourself, your relevant experience, highlight your shining points in your motivation letter, show your willingness and ambitious to study the program and how this would help you in both your future life and career particularly.”

I hope my answer answers to your question, if not, below are some useful links and you could always email study@su.se <mailto:study@su.se>  for more information. Good luck to your IELTS and application!

Best, Wei Wei

 

Question: 
Hi Wei Wei,

Hope you are doing well. I was just wondering how are the job prospects post graduation for non-Swedish students?

Thanks, Archana 

Answer:

Dear Archana,

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great too and ready for the application! :)

Sorry for my very late reply as I have been thinking how to answer to your question until I found a perfect answer to it- MAKE THE MOST OF SU! SU provides you a lot of exclusive opportunities and you will be so close to your future employer!

1. VISA

Unlike other countries, a student visa in Sweden is allowed to work, therefore, you can start your part-time job or internship right after receiving a personal number and accumulate working experience for future job seeking.

Also you could also extend your visa up to 6 months for job seeking after your graduation.

2. Language

Even though Stockholm is an international capital city and English is widespread, apart from academic achievements, speaking fluent Swedish will definitely increase your probability in getting a good job in Sweden. 2 years of master program enables you having enough time to gain this skill.

*             SU provides international students free Swedish courses, as long as you pass the exam, you can study the next level.

*             In addition, you can also go to SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) to study Swedish for free, very useful and advanced courses. The school in the city centre is the best, from my experience to tell.

3. Career fairs and CV guidance/ Career Centre @SU (Stockholm University) and SBS (Stockholm Business School) Both SU and SBS organise a big career fair once a year (normally in March), where you could meet representatives from most of the famous big companies to consult their open positions. During the fair, you could get contacts, more information regarding vacant positions and applications (process and deadlines). Companies in Sweden focuses a lot on their marketing @universities. Apart from the fair, there are company seminars from time to time.

Both SU and SBS provide you CV guidance and teach you skills on how to acquire a good job in Sweden.

*             SU organises seminars on CV and job seeking skills from time to time, just subscribe their FB page  

*             SBS has a career centre to help you modify your CV (both English and Swedish), subscribe their email you will get all the info.

In my memory, there are some big job fairs in the city centre every Spring.

4. Exclusive opportunities @SBS (i.e. Internships) The 3rd semester of marketing and management studies @SBS, you could either choose do exchange abroad, study other courses or do an internship. One of my Finnish classmate did her internship @L'Oreal the 3rd semester and also did her thesis in the company. So you will have time and chance to find internships and get employed after the internship.

Also the student union @SBS organises company visit from time to time, my 1st semester I went to Samsung and the HR told us the most talents they are looking for are actually marketing people. Also, the 2nd semester, I was chosen among 100 students (10 was chosen) to the L'Oreal company visit, we teamed up and did a contest during our visit, which was quite fun and an exclusive opportunity to get to know L'Oreal. Meanwhile, I joined the business week @SBS, we went to IKEA headquarter to know more about the company.

The interesting thing is my Finnish classmate was not on the list to the L'Oreal company visit, but she got her internship there and I went on exchange that semester. When she talked to me about this and her feelings (the ups and downs), both of us felt it's so interesting! Life always surprises you!

5. Opportunities @other organisations

You may also find job opportunities from other student organisations, i.e., SUSU, AIESEC, ESN, Marketing Academy, etc.

*             SU student union hires international student coordinators every year (1 full- time, 2 part-time). I was volunteered as the international student ambassador during the 1st and 2nd semester, during my final year, I was offered the coordinator position, but I made my decision to come back to China. There was one international student coordinator later joined SBS as the coordinator for exchange studies, I got to know him during the 1st semester crawfish party organised by SUSU, and he was very helpful during my application for exchange studies. So, there are always opportunities.

*             AIESEC, this is an organisation operated by students, offering students internship opportunities abroad. Since I was working as the account manager, we were looking for student candidates from abroad to work in Sweden, the company we served was Easy:Park. Guess what, they liked our job, and my line manager (Dutch) was close to them and he is now working there!

*             ESN, Erasmus Student Network, our president (Italian) got to work full-time for ESN Sweden after his graduation.

*             Marketing Academy, this is the only organisation I didn't participate as I did not know the important role it played in finding a marketing position. And it requires one year participation, therefore, I was not able to participate the 2nd year either. But this organisation is the one helps Swedish companies do real marketing cases. So it's a perfect combination between theories and practice.

6. The Marketing Program itself and PHD Sometimes, SBS offers some academic positions for research. My neighbour (German) in my corridor who also studied marketing is working like this.

Also, you are able to apply for PHD (the application time is uncertain, depends on professors and their study topics), PHD is concerned as a full-time job in Sweden.

7. Useful career platforms/ sources:

MOST IMPORTANT ONES (by government)

Arbetsförmedlingen, http://www.arbetsformedlingen.se/ (in Swedish), Swedish public career service provided by the government Universitet-och högskolerådet, if you have degrees from other countries, they will provide you career service EURES, European career website

Websites (in Swedish)

*             Blocket Jobb, http://jobb.blocket.se/

*             Careerbuilder, http://www.careerbuilder.se/

*             jobbsafari.se

*             metrojobb.se

*             monster.se

*             stepstone.se

Websites (in English)

*             LinkedIn's job search portal

*             Thelocal.se/jobs

*             neuvoo-global job source

Labor service company/ Third-party/ Head hunter

*             Academic Work, https://www.academicwork.se/

*             Adecco, http://www.adecco.se/ (in Swedish)

*             Incluso

*             Manpower, https://www.manpower.se/ (in Swedish)

*             Proffice, https://www.proffice.se/ (in Swedish)

*             TNG (in Swedish)

Staffing Agencies:

*             Poolia, https://www.poolia.se/

*             Uniflex, http://www.uniflex.se/

*             Neuvoo, http://se.neuvoo.com/

Or you could try Career Portal @Swedish chamber of commerce or directly search on the homepage of your dream company.

Your experience @SU will definitely become your treasure for future job seeking. Both my best friend (Swedish) and I got our dream offer after studying this program and our experience (both academic and skills earned from student life) helped.

Sometimes, it's about social contacts (try to contact the HR in person), and sometimes, it could be all about luck, which applies to elsewhere in the world. Both of my friends got their offer from Happy Socks, one is still working there, but the other one got the notification that her line manager left the company before she started so they no longer offered the position.Therefore, during your studies @SU if you plan to apply, make the most of it, study hard, work hard, experience more, that's all my advice for you.

I hope my answers answered to your question and do not hesitate to come back to me if you have any further questions. I stay at your proposal.

Have a nice day! Good luck to your application! :)

Best regards,

Wei Wei

 

Question:

hello! 
what did you prefer to do on your 3rd semester? 

Derya

Answer:

Dear Derya,

Happy New Year! 

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great and ready for the application! :) 

During my 3rd semester, I went on exchange to Paris, studying @Paris Dauphine, famous for its business courses, mostly in Finance. It was an extraordinary opportunity to experience multiple culture, gain international background, extend my social networks. Of course, in addition to exchange studies, you could also choose to a) study courses at SBS; b) do an internship. It's your free choice for the 3rd semester. You will get more information during the beginning of the 2nd semester to make up your final decision.

I hope my answers answered to your question and do not hesitate to come back to me if you have any further questions. I stay at your proposal.

Wei Wei

 

Question:

Can l get a place in the school of business without gmat exam?

Rudo

Answer:

Dear Rudo,

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great and ready for the application! :) Warm greetings from China! 

From my knowledge, GMAT is the most important evaluation factor to get admitted to programs @Stockholm Business School, in addition to other general and specific requirements. I was applying for the program started 2013 fall, it was at the very beginning Stockholm Business School started to look at GMAT score. From my opinion, the probability to get a place in Stockholm Business School will increase with a GMAT score and be more competitive. 

I hope my answers answer to your questions, if not, below are some useful links and you could always email study@su.se for more information.

Wei Wei

 

Question:

Hi Im from Portugal and I just received a bachelor's degree in economics form University of Algarve. I have two questions: 

If I choose to study in Sweden for a masters do I have to pay tuition? (I heard EU citizens are exempt from paying)

Is the GMAT the biggest factor in getting in the university? (If so, is it 50%? 60%?)

Ricardo

Answer:

Dear Ricardo,

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great and ready for the application! :) Warm greetings from China! 

Question 1: If I choose to study in Sweden for a masters do I have to pay tuition? (I heard EU citizens are exempt from paying)

Answer: Yes, for EU citizens, you are exempt from paying the tuition fees. 

For non-EU citizens, the tuition fees depend on which program you are going to apply for.

Human Science/ Social Science/ Law, 90,000 SEK/ year (SEK means Swedish Kronor)

Natural Science, 140,000 SEK/ year (SEK means Swedish Kronor)

Some program may have particular tuition fees, in between the two amount stated above.

More information about tuition fees, find on SU's website: su.se/study

Question 2: Is the GMAT the biggest factor in getting in the university? (If so, is it 50%? 60%?)

Answer: Yes, from my knowledge it is. GMAT is the most important evaluation factor to get admitted to programs @Stockholm Business School, in addition to other general and specific requirements. I was applying for the program started 2013 fall, it was at the very beginning Stockholm Business School started to look at GMAT score. I got 600, and it was very top in my class at that time. From my opinion, the weight is around 50%. 

I hope my answers answer to your questions, if not, below are some useful links and you could always email study@su.se for more information.

Wei Wei

 

Question: 

Hello, what GPA did you have when applying to masters degree to Stockholm University?

Ella

Answer:

Dear Ella,

Thank you for your question and I hope you are doing great and ready for the application! :)

I used to study in Sweden for my Bachelor degree and got 180 credits at that time as Sweden uses the ECTS grading system instead of GPA (mostly U.S or Chinese universities' way of calculation). You can google in detail to understand what is ECTS. Basically you get 60 credits in a full-time academic year, equals to 1500-1800 hours of studying, every single credit equals to 25-30 hours of studying. During my free time, I studied extra 30 credits. 

My average grade is B (top 25% of the class), the grades for my final year were all As, and I got my Bachelor thesis grade A as I planned to study in the U.S. If I don't remember it wrong, my GPA should between 3.0-3.5 after turnover.

However, from my experience, I think you should not be worried about GPA as SU looks more into if you are 1. fulfilling the general requirements, such as language (IELTS/ TOFEL/ English as the main language for Bachelor), GMAT (if you want to study in business school); 2. qualified to further study the master program, which means you are fulfilling to the program's specific requirements such as specific academic credits. Also, I think my study in Sweden before was also a plus for successfully admitted. 

In general, I think Swedish universities look more into your strengths, ability, academic achievement and evaluate if you are the most appropriate candidate for the applied program in general, not only about GPA, but also your motivation for studying a master program @SU. Therefore, I would advice you to write more of yourself, your relevant experience, highlight your shining points in your motivation letter, show your willingness and ambitious to study the program and how this would help you in both your future life and career particularly.

I hope my answer answers to your question, if not, below are some useful links and you could always email study@su.se for more information.
 

Useful inks to more information:

Master’s Programmes at Stockholm University and the Student handbook: http://www.su.se/english/education/courses/masters

Admission information
Admission information Stockholm University: http://www.su.se/english/education/application-admissions

Admission information University admissions: https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start 

Email to admission officer at Stockholm University: study@su.se  

Admitted students: http://www.su.se/english/education/admitted-students?cache=%252Fstudy-information%252Frules-guidelines

Fees and Scholarship information
Fees: http://www.su.se/english/education/fees-scholarships

Contact: tuitionfeescholarship@su.se

Scholarship: http://www.su.se/english/education/fees-scholarships/scholarships

Student services

http://www.su.se/english/education/student-services

Housing: http://www.su.se/english/education/student-services/housing

Study abroad at a partnership universities: http://www.su.se/english/education/student-services/study-abroad 

Studying with disabilities: http://www.su.se/english/education/student-services/studying-with-a-disability

Breathing room – a space for prayer and meditation: http://www.su.se/english/education/student-life/practicalities/breathing-space-a-room-for-prayer-and-meditation-1.89413

Student life
http://www.su.se/english/education/student-life

Stockholm students sports facilities: www.stockholmsstudentersif.se (scroll down, and click for info in English)

Stockholm Student Union: www.sus.su.se 
For clubs and associations at Stockholm University: http://www.sus.su.se/en/clubs/

Other information
Swedish Institute (scholarships): https://eng.si.se/

Study in Sweden: https://studyinsweden.se/

Thank you and have a nice day!

Best regards,
Wei Wei