Occupational Therapy 2017-2018

180 Higher Education Credits, 3 years.

The objective of occupational therapy is to enable people who have suffered illness, injury or disability to live the life they want to. The occupational therapist trains, motivates and inspires patients to handle everyday situations and to adopt a positive view on life.

In order to be accepted as an exchange student at KI, the applicant must be enrolled at a university that has a written exchange agreement with KI for the specific study programme of interest. Exchange students should be nominated by their home institution. The final decision on admission will be made by KI.

Options in English

For exchange students without very good command of the Swedish language, the Occupational Therapy Programme offers options in English as presented below. 

Curricular courses and projects in English

All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. A student can only attend one course at a time. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Specific requirements may apply. General requirements have to be met in order to apply for the courses:

  • A very good command of English (equal to a TOEFL score of 550)
  • 90 ECTS credits (1½ years of study) at the home university

Course syllabuses

To find the syllabus for the course or rotation you are interested in, follow this link. You can find the course code right before the name of the courses listed on this page.

Offered autumn semester 2017

  • 1AR035 Participation and Environment, 7.5 ECTS credits

Offered spring semester 2018

  • 1EE021 Community and Home Based Rehabilitation - Cultural Perspectives, 7.5 ECTS credits (early May  - early June 2018)

Offered both autumn semester 2017 and spring semester 2018

  • 1EE064 Project Work in Occupational Therapy, 15 ECTS credits
  • 1EE001 Analyses of Literature from an Occupational Perspective, 3 ECTS credits (2 weeks)

Clinical Rotations in English

The study programme in Occupational Therapy also arranges full-time clinical rotations in English designed to meet the needs of incoming exchange students. A student can only attend one rotation at a time. The starting date of the rotations is fairly flexible and may be adjusted to fit the student´s study plan.

Clinical rotation are carried out at out-patient clinics or hospitals within one of the areas specified by the Swedish Board of Health. The student will engage in clinical activities under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists. The extent of participation in patient care is determined by the skill level, motivation and initiative of the student.

The student should complete assignments agreed upon at the start of the clinical rotation. Continuous evaluation will also be carried out throughout the rotation according to our evaluation instrument. The performance will be graded on the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

The following requirements have to be met by students wanting to take part in clinical rotations:

  • A very good command of English (equal to a TOEFL score of 550)
  • At least 2 years of study on a study programme in Occupational Therapy
  • Basic computer knowledge

Clinical rotations offered both autumn semester 2017 and spring semester 2018

  • 1EE002 Clinical rotation for exchange students 1, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)
  • 1EE004 Clinical rotation for exchange students 2, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)
  • 1EE003 Clinical rotation for exchange students 3, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)
  • 1EE083 Clinical rotation for exchange students, 7.5 ECTS credits (5 weeks)

Clinical rotation offered only Autumn semester 2017

  • 1AR017 Interprofessional Clinical Education, 3 ECTS credits

Options in Swedish

Exchange students with a good command of Swedish or another Scandinavian language are welcome to apply.

Courses and projects

All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. A student can only attend one course at a time. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Specific requirements may apply. General requirements have to be met in order to apply for the courses:

  • A very good command of Swedish or another Scandinavian language (Pass Tisus test or equivalent)
  • 90 ECTS credits (1½ years of study) at the home university

All courses are offered both autumn semester 2017 and spring semester 2018.

 

Overview of all courses

Courses offered during semester 2 in the curriculum

  • 1AR025 Health, Participation and Occupation, 15 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 3 in the curriculum

  • 1AR028 Creativity and Activity, 7.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 4 in the curriculum

  • 1AR032 Occupational Therapy 1 – Assessment, Goalsetting and Therapeutic reasoning, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1AR033 Occupational Therapy 2 – Occupation and Intervention , 15 ECTS credits
  • 1AR034 Occupational Therapy 3 – Prevention and Evaluation, 7.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 5 in the curriculum

  • 1AR013 Occupation and intervention - participation in society, 15 ECTS credits
  • 1AR020 Disability, environment and society, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1AR012 Scientific design and method, 7.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 6 in the curriculum

  • 1AR017 Interprofessional Clinical Education, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1AR018 Advanced clinical placement, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1AR010 Organisation and Management, 4,5 ECTS credits
  • 1EE064 Project work in occupational therapy, 15 ECTS credits

For more information about the study programme, please visit the programme website (presented in Swedish).

Curriculum 2017-2018

Semester Course ECTS Credits
1

Foundations of occupational therapy and occupational science

Anatomy and Physiology

15

15

2

Medical Studies 1

Health, Participation and Occupation

Psychology

7.5

15

7.5

3

Medical Studies 2

Pedagogy

Creativity and Activity

Diversity, Social Inclusion and Health

7.5

7.5

10

5

4

Occupational Therapy 1 – Assessment, Goalsetting and Therapeutic reasoning

Occupational Therapy 2 – Occupation and Intervention 

Occupational Therapy 3 – Prevention and Evaluation

7.5

15

7.5

5

Scientific design & method

Work, occupation & participation

Participation and environment

7.5

15

7.5

6

Organisation & leadership 

Thesis work

Interprofessional clinical rotation

Elective course

4.5

15

3

7.5

Application

Application deadline - courses

  • April 15 (for the autumn semester 2017, end of August to mid-January)
  • October 15 (for the spring semester 2018, mid-January to the beginning of June)

Application deadline - project work

As far in advance as possible, but no later than six months before the required start of the study period

Who can apply? When you have been nominated by your home university for exchange studies at Karolinska Institutet, you can apply using the form below.

Will I be admitted? There are only a limited number of places on curricular courses and projects. You apply in competition and a study place cannot be guaranteed. Please choose more than one alternative when filling in the application form, since that will increase you chances of being admitted.

How do I apply? Start the on-line application below by selecting your home university, preferred period of study and language of instruction. Then look through the entire form and read all the information carefully, especially under proposed study programme at Karolinska Institutet. Mandatory information is marked " * ". You will not be able to submit the application if you omit this information.

Have all the information ready when you start. Once you have started to enter the required information on-line, you cannot save it to continue at a later stage. This means that you must have all information ready by the time you wish to submit your application, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. As long as you are actively entering information, there is no time limit.

Remember to print the application and registration number. Please note that you must print your application before you submit it electronically. You submit the application by pressing the "Submit" button at the end of the form. Note that when this is done you cannot make any changes! You will immediately get a notification that your application has been registered along with a registration number unique to your application. Please make a note of this registration number as it is used to check the status of your application.

What do I do with my printed application? Once you have printed the application, sign it and also have it signed by the international coordinator or contact person at your university. Please send the application to the international  coordinator, either scanned or by regular mail, together with:

  • A verified transcript of credits and grades, i.e. list of courses passed at your home university
  • A verified copy of your passport, where your photo and details are visible. The copy MUST be certified by your university, i.e. signed and stamped by somebody who works at your university, who can certify that it is a copy of your passport. A copy of an ID-card is not sufficient.
  • One photograph (passport size )

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The information you enter will be stored in a database and treated according to PUL (Personal Data Act - Swedish Code of Statutes, SFS 1998:204).

Application form 2017-2018

Contact

Administrative officer

Karen Gustafsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 880 61
Organizational unit: Student- och karriärservice
E-mail: karen.gustafsson@ki.se

More information about the study programme

When a person's everyday life is made problematic through illness, occupational therapists can step in with creative solutions. Occupational therapy makes use of activity as a means of enabling people to work and study and to have a decent home life and an active leisure time.

Occupational therapeutic interventions prevent, improve and compensate for the patient´s impaired capacity to be active, and include everything from training physical and mental faculties to changing work methods and adapting work environments. An important aspect of the occupational therapist´s work is to prescribe and adapt assistive technologies, such as IT-based equipment designed to make life easier for people with memory impairment.

It is common for the occupational therapist to be contacted with questions about accessibility, which is ultimately a matter of participation in society.

The study programme has its pedagogical foundation in problem-based learning, and employs different teaching methods, such as lectures, seminars, individual assignments, case studies and group work.

Apart from occupational therapy, students also study medicine and social and behavioural science. The final term includes a degree project and an elective course that allows the students to specialise in some aspect of occupational therapy.

After graduation

Occupational therapists work in the healthcare services, in hospitals and clinics, and with the municipal care of the elderly and disabled. Occupational therapists also work for labour market institutes, the National Insurance Office, penal care institutions, assistive technology companies and the school and occupational health services. They also run private practices.

Degree ProgrammeOccupational Therapy