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My Swedish Odyssey + question about studies in Sweden

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Hej hej! First of all, I'd love to thank the fantastic Swedish team for creating this amazing course. Tack så mycket!!! I've always loved how cool Swedish culture was (Ingmar Bergman, Opeth and Stieg Larsson to name just a few of its highlights). You're just så cool! But I should briefly introduce myself first...

So, my name is Bartosz and I'm from Poland and my native tongue is Polish... I've even graduated from a Polish university with a masters degree in French philology. No wonder that I feel that my life's been too red and white so far. And a little blue. I've spent a few months in France studying at the university of Angers during my Erasmus scholarship, but since then my health's been playing tricks on me and I'm stuck in Poland again. I have a dream though. A dream of going to Sweden as soon as I get better and enroll at the Stockholm university in order to get a doctorate in french/english philology/translation. And my question is: IS THAT POSSIBLE? If you, dear reader, are familiar with the Swedish education system, please let me know if it is possible for someone like me to start pHd/doctorate studies in Stockholm and find a job to make ends meet in the meantime. And what should I do first.

I would also love to have a Swedish pen pal so if anyone's interested... just let me know. My personality profile: speaks Polish, English and French fluently, likes both cats and gods... blah, dogs (equally); open-minded almost to the point of being close-minded, non-smoker, non-religious, metal afficionado, guitarist, songwriter, tongue-in-cheek music reviewer and amateur essayist, LOVES languages and literature.

I would be infinitely grateful for any information/suggestions and/or advice. Jag räknar med er!

3 years ago

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You're probably asking the first question at the wrong place. Why not look up all schools in Sweden that offer programmes similar to what you have a master's in and mail the prefects or professors of each? That way you are sure to get the correct information, and most professors I've had have been quick to reply if they're emailed from somebody who wants to work for them. It sounds like you're set on Stockholm, so I'd suggest starting there.

The exact requirements for PhD positions differ wildly in Sweden, so it's hard to give a general answer. A master's degree awarded within the EU usually fulfills the application requirements for a PhD in the same field, but different universities - and, in fact, different institutions - employ very different processes. A lot of them do post open PhD positions at their job portals, and those are almost always available in English as well. You should also be aware of PhD lengths in Sweden: most run four years but the employment period may be longer as they expect you to e.g. teach for 25 % and hence work for a total of five years, but a lot are licentiatexamina which run for two years and kinda count as "half" PhD degrees.

I don't know much regarding getting a job, but I imagine it won't be impossible as long as you're diligent and willing to take simpler jobs. It helps tremendously if you speak Swedish, of course, but there's bound to be something you can do. :)

Best of luck!

3 years ago

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Thank you for taking the time to respond. Yes I know, lol. That's what I should do, I'm just in a somewhat uncertain situation right now (as I mentioned above) and needed encouragement/info in order to proceed. We should always cling on to our dreams, right? :)

Your suggestions are very helpful and I'll certainly do all that at some point, now that I know it's something people do :) I'm learning Swedish everyday so if I keep the pace, I shall be ready when the time comes.

Thanks again!

3 years ago

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No sweat, just post if you wonder anything else. I should mention also that PhD programmes pay... not exceptionally well, but definitely decently enough. You honestly shouldn't have to work while doing your PhD.

3 years ago

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Oh that's cool! In Poland you need a couple of wealthy relatives or some magical day extender - 10 more hours a day should do the trick - to even consider starting PhD studies (one of maaaany reasons I'm not getting it in Poland). Anyway, that's great to know, thanks :)

3 years ago

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Working on a PhD in Stockholm is probably not that hard (Poland is part of EU which should help a lot), but I have not done that myself so I wouldn't be the right person to ask. :P What is harder though is finding somewhere to live meanwhile. Stockholm along with Göteborg, Uppsala and Lund are almost impossible to find reasonable places to live in (prices are high and there are simply too few apartments compared to the demand).

But anyhow, I wish you luck!

3 years ago

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thanks for the info! Yeah, I guess nowhere is perfect... will figure sth out.

3 years ago

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Hi Bartosz! I'm Swedish and I'd be happy to be your pen pal! I have a friend who is American is currently doing a PhD in the social sciences in Gothenburg, Sweden, and from what I've heard from him it is certainly possible. The competition when applying can be very tough though. What has been said by other people is correct, and you certainly won't have to work an extra job if you get a PhD position. Since you are from the EU I think you will have less problem with migration and bureaucracy, at least compared to an American. I can also help you get in touch with him.

What you should do first: look for apartments! It can be very hard to get one in Sweden. First: sign up for apartment queues. These are very important, the longer you are in one the bigger chance you have of getting an apartment. It can take a while to get one through these channels but they cost very little to nothing, so it makes sense to get in them. Since you will hopefully be a PhD student you are also eligible for student apartments, which have their own queues, and are also easier to get. Sign up for those too. Then look for sublet apartments through sites like blocket.se and Facebook groups for subletting, and if you know people in Sweden that can be a good channel too.

If you have more questions feel free to ask! If you wanna start writing as a pen pal I can also give you my email address. Good luck!

3 years ago

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Thank you, that's very helpful ! Of course, if that's okay with you :) But I'm only halfway through the tree, maybe a little further so I'm still pretty bad at this, haha! Don't say I didn't warn you! Anyway, email address would be perfect :)

3 years ago