– I am 32 years old and besides my studies in International Business I am also an intern for a Finnish company, and I work in a restaurant in the city center.
When she thought about her Master`s degree, Sweden was the first country, that came up to her mind! She never heard of Luleå, but it came up, when she googled the different possibilities for her master`s program. She had to check if her bachelor's degree and the transcript of courses she attended in Sri Lanka fit the Swedish requirements. She found about six different master programs and applied to several universities. Linköping was her first choice, Luleå the second.
– Luckily, I was accepted here because I really love the snow and the winter up here! I like the differences in weather due to the seasons. We don`t really have that in Sri Lanka.
Compared to Sri Lanka, applying to the master program is very easy, because they face a huge competition in Sri Lanka, the applicants have to write tests, and the opportunities are limited. The (governmental) Bachelor`s degree, that students get in Sri Lanka is highly recognized in Sweden, so it was easy to get the university place. Applying for the visa, on the other hand, was a totally different story.
– It was very, very hard! Since we don`t have a Swedish embassy in Sri Lanka, we need to travel to India to apply for the visa. That is quite time consuming and also expensive. Sadly, you only get the visa for 13 months, even though you were accepted for a two-year study. So, I have to reapply this July.