Language support for Erasmus students

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As from 1 January 2015 all students participating in an Erasmus+ activity must carry out the obligatory on-line language assessment test Erasmus+ Online Language Support (OLS). If you feel that you need to improve your language skills after you have taken this test,  an on-line language course is available. 

The purpose of this test is to assess the student’s language skills; therefore the on-line test must be taken prior to the start of the exchange period. The results are only available to  Karolinska Institutet and the student taking the test. The result has no influence on whether or not you are eligible for exchange studies. A second on-line test must be taken at the end of the exchange to see if and how much your language skills have improved.

If you are interested in taking the online language course (through the OLS) please contact your international coordinator.

Language Test - What Happens Next?

Once you have handed in your application for the Erasmus+ scholarship you will be sent a link to the on-line test (OLS) from this email address (please check your spam mail). The test should take approximately 1 hour and the link is open for a month from receipt. To carry out the test, you must first create an on-line account in OLS.

  • The language assessment test must be taken in the language of instruction that will be used during your exchange
  • The levels offered are A1 to C2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of reference (CEFR)
  • The test continuously adjusts the level of the questions based on your answers

The results will be sent to you, in accordance with CEFR (A1-C2).

Language Course

If you would like to follow a language course, the course must be taken in the language of instruction used during your exchange (same language as the on-line test). The language course will start once you log in and will be open for the duration of your exchange. The courses are mainly reading and understanding courses, to improve your communication with other students and teachers, in both written and spoken language. An instructor led course is also available through the OLS.

In addition to the course, articles, glossaries and grammar are also available.

Languages Offered

Online courses in the following languages are currently being offered:

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

From the autumn semester 2015, there will also be tests in the following languages:

  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Portuguese

If you require a course in a language that is not listed above, a stipend is available which will cover the cost of a language course is an alternative language. The course must be carried out prior to the start of the exchange and in the country of exchange. For more information contact your international coordinator. 


Central Erasmus+ coordinator

International coordinators