Are you interested in studying in Sweden and applying for scholarships to help you study? As a former Swedish Institute scholarship recipient, Suci Ariyanti shares her personal experience on applying for the scholarship to help you learn first-hand what it’s like to apply for and receive the scholarship.
The Swedish Institute Scholarships Global Professionals, or well-known as SISGP, is a full-scholarship given by Swedish Government for residents in 35 countries throughout the world.
I received the Swedish Institute Scholarship from 2017 to 2019. I’m from Indonesia, and I studied at Halmstad University, majoring in Strategic Entrepreneurship for International Growth. The city, Halmstad, is located in the southern part of Sweden, under the Halland municipality. It has one of the most famous beaches in the country and is worth a visit during summer in Sweden!
The Swedish Institute makes sure that I (and other awardees) got the best possible experience. For example, though I lived far away from Stockholm, I still could attend many insightful events there, make a network out of it, and everything was covered by the Swedish Institute as well!
What to Expect From the SISGP (Or SISS) Scholarship?
Some of you might feel confused as this scholarship was formerly known as SISS (Swedish Institute Study Scholarship). Ever since 2018, they changed the name into the SISGP. The coverage of the scholarship remains the same. All successful recipients will get monthly living costs SEK 10,000, Health and accident insurance, Tuition fees, and one-time Travel grant, throughout the study period. Other than material value, all recipients will get an exclusive lifetime membership of the SI Network Future Global Leaders (NFGL) and the SI Alumni Network.
What to Prepare for the Scholarship?
The scholarship opens once a year, the same is true for university admission. In Sweden, universities of all levels only open their admission once a year as well. Do note that the university admission is usually open for ±3 months, from the end to the beginning of new year. The admission is intended for study period starting in autumn.
After the university admission period ends, the SISGP will start receiving applications for 10-14 days. I recommend that you gather all of the documents needed before the applications open. That way, you won’t feel hurried and apply for the scholarship with ease. Avoid submitting your documents at the last moment! As you might have missed something in your application.
For the scholarship requirements and eligibility, you can find out all of the details on the SISGP website. SI has described everything in a clear and concise manner, which makes it really easy for you to understand. My two cents is that you need to read all the details carefully. Swedish people are really strict when it comes to following the rules and fulfilling requirements. Even if you made one small mistake, it will seriously affect your scholarship application.
The SI doesn't give its scholarship to all programs in all Swedish universities, they give it only to the selected ones. Thus, there are several points that I think you should be thoughtful about:
- Choose the program over the university. In Sweden, you don’t need to be worrying about universities, as all universities have equal standard and quality. Choose the program that corresponds to your interest the most.
- This scholarship is very competitive. It has thousands of applicants every year, yet only 5% are successful. Make sure you stand out from the crowd.
- You are expected to describe yourself in short but rich sentences. Thus, train yourself to write motivational letters/essays - as many as possible - so that you are able to produce a perfect one later on. Read writing essay tips here.
- Be honest. Never give false information, or exaggerate things that are not yours. Not only the SISGP committee will do random checks on applicants, but it is also important to keep your integrity intact.
How Do I Feel About Being Able to Study in Sweden?
In short, I would say, it has been a huge blessing for me. As you might already know, Sweden is an amazing country that sits as one of the top study destinations in the world. Ever since I was a kid, I read an article about how Sweden has a zero percent illiteracy rate. And how Sweden has an amazing landscape, a very effective taxation and governance system, which brings a huge benefit to its society As of now, Sweden has one of the top start-up hubs in the world!
Honestly, in the beginning, I looked at everything beautifully as I was in my honeymoon period. I come from Indonesia, a tropical country that is thousands of miles away, with huge cultural differences compared to Sweden. After I went through my first winter, I realized that there is so much more than beautiful cities in Sweden. I enriched myself in an international environment and made friends. I grew stronger, and wiser than ever before.
After studying and living here for 2.5 years, Sweden stole my heart forever.