All students who are granted an MFS-scholarship need to attend a mandatory preparatory course taking place at Sida Partnership Forum training campus in Härnösand. The course is given in Swedish and therefore all participants must be able to understand Swedish (i e some basic knowledge is required) Sida course fee, accommodation and meals. However, the scholar must cover the travel costs.

The course includes a presentation of Swedish developing work, cultural meetings, health aspects, security issues, and country information. Normally there are two occasions each month with maximum 25 participants per course.

Only students who have been awared an MFS-scholarship can register to the course. More practical information is found here (in Swedish only): MFS kursanmälningssystem.