Saturday, September 26, 2009

List of Higher Education Institutions in Sweden linked to their websites

Universities and Institutions of Higher Education in Sweden with the right to award undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are listed below for your exploration. They can serve as guides for you on your academic pursuit abroad.










These are independent organisation with the right to award second cycle programmes in Psychotherapy. These are private organisation and are entitled to charge tuition fees:

Graduate Programs offered in Finland

Finnish institutions provide close to 400 English-speaking degree and non-degree programmes. Some of the programs are short courses, which can usually only be taken as part of an exchange program whilst whole degree programs take several years to complete and lead to an official Finnish higher education degree.

Arts & Design
* Architecture Courses
* Art and Design Courses
* Computer Animation
* Design Courses
* English Literature Courses
* Fashion Design Courses
* Fine Art Courses
* Interior Design Courses
* Liberal Arts Courses
* Product Design Courses

Biological Sciences / Health
* Biological Sciences Courses
* Microbiology Courses
* Neuroscience Courses
* Nursing Courses
* Pharmaceutical Sciences
* Physiology Courses
* Sports Sciences Courses

Business / Finance / Management
* Advertising and Marketing Courses
* Business Administration (MBA)
* Business Education
* Careers in Business Management
* Courses in Management
* Economics Courses
* Entrepreneurship
* Finance Courses
* Finding the Best Graduate Business School
* Hospitality Management
* Information Management Courses
* International Management & Finance
* MSc Tourism
* Small Business Management
* Tourism Courses

* Aeronautical Engineering
* Biomedical Engineering
* Built Environment Courses
* Chemical Engineering Courses
* Civil Engineering Courses
* Electronic Engineering Courses
* Engineering Courses
* Manufacturing Courses
* Marine Engineering Courses

* Finnish Courses
* French Courses
* German Courses
* Language Courses Overseas
* Modern European Languages
* TEFL Courses

* Corporate Finance Law
* European Law Courses
* European Law Programs
* Intellectual Property Rights
* International Law Association
* Public International Law

Social Sciences / Humanities
* Archaeology Courses
* Art History Courses
* East Asian Studies
* East European Studies
* Human Rights Courses (MA)
* Librarianship and Information Services
* Philosophy for Children - Education in the Classroom
* Politics Courses
* Social Sciences Courses
* Social Sciences Master's Degrees

Sciences / Information Technology
* Chemistry Courses
* Computer Science Courses
* Forensic Science Programs
* Information Management Courses
* Information Technology Courses
* Materials Science Courses
* Mathematics Courses
* Neurocomputing Courses
* Physics Courses
* Polymer Science Courses

Read more: Graduate Programs offered in Finland

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Free Web Services That Keep Saving You Money (Part I)

You can find lots of freebies on the Web, but this information provide useful services at no cost that you would otherwise have to pay for every time.

1. Instant messaging tools or video streaming sites like Hulu.
2. Make Free Long-Distance Calls with Talkster.
3. Send and Receive Faxes, No Fees Involved with Qipit and FaxZero. Also  eFax Free handles everything, digitizing faxes and routing them to your e-mail account.
4. Videoconference for Free with TokBox.
5. Make Free Conference Calls: Rondee provides free conference calls for up to 50 people, and it offers several great extras.
6. Use a No-Cost Directory-Assistance Service with  Google's GOOG-411 (800/466-4411) and Microsoft.
7. Automatically Transcribe Voice Notes for Free with reQall.
8. Turn Scanned Docs Into Text, at No Cost with OCR Terminal.
9. Read Free E-Classics with Project Gutenberg.
10. Beat the Text-Messaging Swindle with  txtDrop or Krypton.
11. Store Large Files Online for Free with
12. Download Free MP3s on Amazon, Rhapsody, Elbows, RCRD LBL, and Stereogum.
13. The Internet Archive hosts thousands of live music performances, recorded by and for fans.
14. No-ad free fax online to the US and Canada with DepositDox.
15. Free fax to email with a free toll free fax number with GotFreeFax.

Read more: Free Web Services That Keep Saving You Money (Part I)

Email Etiquette: 10 Tips for Better Email Communication

Good Email Manners - here are some simple yet effective tips for using email more efficiently:

1. If you are sending an email to multiple people, put their email addresses in the BCC field and your own email address in the To: field. No one likes to share their private email address with strangers.

2. The email subject should be detailed enough to give the recipient an idea about the email content without having to open it. Single words like "Hi" or "Hello" or "Help" are a strict no-no. Think of meaningful but short titles.

3. Do not attach large attachments in your email since not everyone is on a broadband connection. If you have to send a large file over email, upload it to services like YouSendIt and then pass on the link in the email.

4. If you have to email more than two documents as attachments, zip them in one file. Doing so would ensure that your friend won't miss downloading any file.

5. Do not write an email while you are drunk or in a really bad mood. It would reflect on the style of your writing.

6. Do not request a Read Notification Receipt.

7. Always reply to emails especially the ones specifically addressed to you. The sender is still waiting to hear from you.

8. Keep you email message short and to the point. Sentences like "I hope this email finds you alive and well" look good only in letter correspondence.

9. Do not hit the Send button without doing a spell check. An email with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors indicates that you have written the message in a non-serious mood and may convey a bad impression. Always read the message before broadcasting it to the world.

10. You may want to remove your personal mobile number and the home number from the email signature if you are participating in a big mailing list. You never know the kind of people who have subscribed to that list.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

The IPRS is designed to attract and support highly ranked international applicants during the University's annual postgraduate research scholarship round.  The IPRS covers tuition fees for the student and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the student and their dependant/s. No other expenses are paid by this scheme; however award recipients may seek additional funding from alternative sources. In addition, the scheme also supports international applicants successful in gaining stipend scholarships.

Eligibility: The IPRS is available to international students only. Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, four years of higher education studies at a very high level and be intending to enroll full-time in an approved doctoral or research masters program. Part-time awards may be offered to students who, for social or medical reasons, are unable to study full-time.

Duration: The IPRS may be held for up to two years for a research masters program and up to three years for a doctoral program. A six month extension may be granted to doctoral students in certain circumstances.

How to apply: Applicants must submit the following to the Griffith Graduate Research School.

New applicants must submit:

    * a research higher degree and scholarship application form2 (includes two academic referee reports)
    * certified or original transcripts
    * 500 word statement
    * curriculum vitae (CV)

Current students must submit:

    * a covering letter
    * a research higher degree and scholarship application form2 (includes two academic referee reports)
    * updated research outline
    * copies of publications (where applicable)

Closing date: Applications for the Annual Scholarship Round must be submitted by 31 October. Applications may be submitted at anytime before this date, however cannot be considered until after 31 October. Applicants will receive notification of the scholarship outcome in late December.

To accept a scholarship, applicants must commence studies between 1 January and 31 March of the following year. 

For further information, please email or click here

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gateway to Studying in Europe (Countries' Website Links)

Websites offering information on study in individual European countries are listed below. Click on your country of choice to be linked to the website providing detail information about studying in your chosen country. 

You can check for further information or people’s contributions on The InfoStrides. 

United Kingdom 

Best of luck!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

USA DV-2011 Green Card Lottery to commence soon...

The United States will begin to accept applications for the Diversity Visa 2011 Lottery, otherwise known as the Green Card Lottery, from October 2nd, 2009,

For those who wish to live and work in the United States, the Green Card Lottery is a good opportunity. The application deadline is 30 November 2009.

Please check back for detail information and guidelines required.

You can also watch out for vital info at

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

EU-US Co-operation in Higher Education Vocational Training

The EU-US Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Vocational Training only provide financial support to a group of EU and US higher learning institutions that form a consortium with the goal to achieve specific themes, such as realising student exchanges. On account of this, only students belonging to universities selected can apply to their university to do a period of study in either US or in one of the EU Member States. Accordingly, the programme deals only with institutions of higher learning and not with individuals seeking information about study abroad or scholarship opportunities.

Please click here for more details and refer to the following for selected institutions:

Joint selection 2008 – Description of selected projects

Joint selection 2009 – Description of selected projects

You can also visit The InfoStrides for general discussion on the projects.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Visiting International Faculty Program

The VIF Program is a three-year teaching program designed for outstanding international teachers.

The VIF Program upholds very high standard for selection and only accepts international teachers who have a history of high achievement and who possess the skills and values required to inspire and teach students in the U.S.

Interested in teaching in US, please click here for further details:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Swedish Government proposes Tuition Fees for Foreign Students

In the 2010 Budget Bill, the Government proposes that foreign students wishing to study in Sweden should pay fees.

"Sweden is currently one of few countries in the world that does not charge foreign students fees. Swedish students who wish to study abroad have to pay. It is not reasonable to expect Swedish taxpayers to sponsor foreign students’ studies. This undermines the financing of Sweden’s higher education institutions," says Minister for Higher Education and Research Tobias Krantz. 

The proposal means that foreign students (from countries outside the European Economic Area) will pay for their studies starting in the autumn term of 2011. The universities and higher education institutions themselves will decide how much to charge.

"Education has become a global market. Students can choose between higher education institutions the world over. I think that Sweden should compete in this market by having higher education institutions of high quality, not by offering a free education," says Mr Krantz.

The introduction of fees will be combined with a grant system. The Government intends to present a special bill later on in the autumn with all the details.

Click here for more details.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Updates on University Admission in Sweden

Please read below updates on admission processing in Swedish university for Spring Semester 2010.

1. Online service or application opens on 15th of September, 2009.
2. Application deadline will be 15th of October, 2009.
3. Deadline for submitting documents will be 1st of December, 2009.
4. Notification of selection results will begin in December 2009.
5. Deadline for replying will be 21st of December, 2009.
6. Notification of selection results 2 will begin in January 2010.

For further information: click on or 

Please act fast! I wish best in your attempt.

Requirements for Studying in Germany (Undergraduate, Postgraduate & PhD Studies)

The following highlight the requirements for studying in Germany at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level as set out by DAAD.

Depending on the degree programme and university in question, additional requirements may also be demanded. So please inform yourself as early as possible – in fact, it's best to do so one year before you plan to start studying – by contacting the university of your choice. The Student Registration Offices and the International Offices will be pleased to help and assist you.

For first-year students/undergraduates:

  • Recognised secondary school leaving certificate (if not recognised as a sufficient qualification, then a pass in the assessment test = Feststellungsprüfung),

  • Possibly, proof of having passed a university entrance exam in your home country,

  • Possibly, proof of any academic years of study successfully completed in your home country,

  • German language proficiency (exceptions: International Degree Programmes sometimes require proof of English language proficiency; in some cases, French may also be required),

  • Possibly, proof of particular aptitude (aptitude tests are generally required in subjects like art, design, music and sport). Some universities meanwhile require applicants to sit general academic or scholastic aptitude tests (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfungen) for other subjects in strong demand or plan to introduce such tests.

For graduates and postgraduates:
If you have already graduated from a study programme in your home country, you will generally also be able to study in Germany. But please remember that not every foreign academic degree automatically qualifies the holder to take up a course of postgraduate studies. For example, Bachelor's degrees gained abroad are sometimes only recognised as an intermediate qualification in Germany known as Zwischenprüfung or Vorprüfung. Before you apply for admission to a postgraduate programme (for example a Master's or Diplom), please find out how you will be placed in the corresponding programme. Recognition of your previous academic and examination achievements and credits is an important factor in this respect. In most cases, the secretariat of your future faculty at your chosen university will be responsible for this. You have to send the full set of your study documents (credits, transcripts, certificates, etc.) there for these to be checked. Please make sure that you contact the International Office in advance to find out who is responsible for you.

For doctoral students and candidates (Finding an academic supervisor for your dissertation):

Before you apply for admission to a doctoral or PhD programme, you must find an academic supervisor for your dissertation. Only professors (university teachers) are allowed to supervise dissertations. When looking for a supervisor, you will find that scientific publications, lectures, or the contacts that your former university teachers may have can be very helpful. Another good option is to find out which German universities offer doctoral programmes in your subject area. For example, more and more universities are offering interesting doctoral programmes and Graduate Schools for doctoral candidates.

Recognition of previous academic and examination achievements/credits:

Once you have found a suitable university, it's best to contact the dean of the faculty that is (or will be) responsible for you. Add a synopsis of your doctoral project to your covering letter, plus a description of your previous experience in the research field and your curriculum vitae. Recognition of your previous academic and examination achievements and credits is decisive for your admission to the doctoral programme. Whether you are admitted to such a programme is decided by the relevant Doctoral Commission at your chosen university. You may possibly be admitted subject to the condition that must subsequently submit certain additional certificates or qualifications (for example, a German language proficiency certificate, certificates for subject-specific courses) parallel to doing your doctorate.

Detailed information:
The DAAD provides a whole range of information under the heading "Doctorate in Germany" here:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Finnish Foreign Ministry suspects some West African study applicants may have used forged certificates

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs suspects that the HAMK University of Applied Sciences in Hämeenlinna has not sufficiently examined the skills and motivation of 130 African students recruited for the school in a late application process in the late summer. Large numbers of West Africans have applied for other Finnish educational institutions in the summer.

More than half of the residence permit applications handled at the Finnish Embassy in Nigeria in June and July were seen to include forged documents. Most of the applicants were from Nigeria and Ghana, but some were also from Cameroon and Gambia.   

Engineering students from Ghana and Nigeria were sought for HAMK in an additional application process, because four of the school’s five English language technology programmes were left almost empty in the application process in the spring. “How have the qualifications and motivation of these students been checked?” asks Vesa Häkkinen of the ministry’s passports and visas department.  

Applicants in the new round included a few Finns, a number of Nepalese and Chinese, and a large number of Nigerians and Ghanaians, says Leena Luoma, chief of student services at HAMK. Applicants who appeared to meet the requirements, based on the copies of their school certificates that they had submitted. Entrance examinations were organised in China, Nepal, and Ghana. In Ghana, there were 180 applicants taking part in the exam, of whom 130 were accepted. Now these 130 are applying for residence permits at the Finnish Embassy in Nigeria.
Earlier in the spring, the Embassy in Abudja had granted residence permits to 150 students who had applied to various institutions in Finland. “Not all of the 130 will be getting permission to enter the country. One of the reasons is that some of the applications have proven to be forgeries, and we don’t even have that many opening vacancies”, Luoma says.  

The Foreign Ministry says that forging certificates is so common in these African countries, that the ministry suspects that the primary motivation of the applicants is to get a residence permit for the Schengen countries. “We have no way to ascertain the authenticity of the degree certificate before the students have come here”, Luoma says. Nigeria has been a leading country for applicants for several years. Luoma says that forged papers have been isolated matters, and that students have generally been successful in their studies. “Africans, Nepalese, and other foreigners have been very good students”, says HAMK Director Veijo Hintsanen. “A much bigger problem than falsified papers has been that it is difficult, especially for Africans, to get trainee positions in Finland.” HAMK has always had more foreign than Finnish applicants for its international technology programmes. Foreigners must undergo an international language test. Many already have an academic degree of some kind when they enter the engineering programme.

The Foreign Ministry also has questions about the registration fees that foreign students have been asked to pay at Finnish educational institutions. In principle, studying in Finland is free, and Finnish students are not asked to pay any fees for the privilege of taking part in an entrance exam. The fee for the exam held in Ghana was EUR 35, collected either by the school or the Embassy.

Project Chief Annika Grönholm of the Finnish National Board of Education says that it is up to the institutions themselves to decide what kinds of registration fees they want to charge. “A greater problem are the private agents operating in Nepal and Africa, who fill in applications, get copies of certificates, and charge any manner of fees from the applicants.”