1. Why did you choose SSE?
After studying abroad in Chile during my undergraduate program as well as spending the last five years living and working around the world, getting my masters degree abroad seemed like the obvious choice. When I came upon the Stockholm School of Economics during my search to find the right masters program for me, it felt like the perfect fit - an international cohort, prestigious international recognition, and located in the beautiful capital city of Stockholm. Most importantly, SSE’s admission process felt the most personalized. I was drawn to the warmth and inclusiveness of the program, and now as a student, I can honestly say SSE has lived up to my expectations!
Since my undergraduate program in the U.S. left me with student loans, tuition was also an important factor in my decision. Compared to similar postgraduate programs I considered in the U.S., SSE’s tuition was a fraction of the cost, and with scholarship opportunities, studying in Stockholm was easily affordable. I knew that continuing my education with SSE’s Master’s Program in International Business would help me to continue to follow my global passion, while giving me the foundation and knowledge required to work internationally. SSE provides the perfect combination of international experience, hands-on projects, as well as an open-minded atmosphere to grow not only as a professional, but as an individual as well.
2. What is it like to study in Stockholm?
There is never a shortage of events, activities, restaurants, bars, museums to explore here. If you’re a coffee lover, Sweden may be just the perfect place, as Swedes and students alike love their “Fika” and “kannelbulle” (having a coffee and a cinnamon bun). The public transportation is easily accessible to get you to school, to the nearby national parks or even to other parts of the country. English is widely spoken here, but you can always take Swedish classes at SSE if you want to assimilate better.
As for student life at SSE, it is a smaller school and easy to get involved in various clubs and organizations. We have an amazing Student Association that has events ranging from banquet dinners to sporting activities. SSE also works closely with their corporate partners, having frequent mingles and opportunities to connect to potential future employers.
3. What tips do you have for prospective students?
When going through the applications process, I would recommend emphasizing the areas you feel make you a strong candidate for the program. It’s always good to remember there is a human on the other side reading your application and to do your best to try to stand out from the other candidates and make yourself memorable (in a good way!).
There is also, not a “one size fits all” applicant. For instance I graduated with a B.Sc. in Nutrition with minors in Spanish and journalism, which couldn’t be any more different to what I’m studying now. One of the best aspects about being in the M.I.B. Program at SSE is that diversity is highly valued. Not only do my peers come from all over the world, but they also come from a variety of academic backgrounds, giving the program a well-rounded and unique perspective.