Physiotherapy 2017-2018

180 Higher Education Credits, 3 years.

Physiotherapists mainly works within hospitals and in centres for primary health care, health promotion, care for intellectually disabled, elderly care, and home based rehabilitation, as well as in occupational settings, in sports clinics, and as private practitioners. The aim of physiotherapy is to improve health through movement and physical activity. It is about people's ability to perceive, look after, control and make optimal use of their bodies. Physiotherapists work with many different patient groups.

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.

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.

Options in English

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

All courses and rotations are full-time courses/rotations 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.

General eligibility for university studies is required. Specific eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • at least 2 years of study on a study programme in Physiotherapy
  • a very good command of English (equal to a TOEFL score of 550)

Specific requirements for clinical rotations:

  • at least previous clinical placement equivalent to 6 ECTS (or 4 weeks - see specific requirements for each course)

Curricular courses

  • 1EE096 Literature review, 3 ECTS credits (2 weeks, offered both autumn and spring semester)
  • 1EE021 Community and home based rehabilitation - cultural perspectives, 7.5 ECTS credits (early May  - early June 2017)

Clinical Rotations

The study programme in physiotherapy also arranges full-time clinical rotations in English designed to meet the needs of incoming exchange students. The duration of a single rotation is four to six weeks. Rotations may be combined according to the needs of the individual student. A student can only, however, 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. The student should complete assignments agreed upon at the start of the clinical rotation. Continuous evaluation will also be carried out throughout the rotation.

During the clinical rotation the student will be assigned to a clinical supervisor, who will be responsible for ongoing instruction and supervision. Appointed lecturer will be responsible for the clinical area in question and participates together with the clinical supervisor in the initial discussion of the student's educational objectives and in evaluations.

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.

  • 1EE091 Clinical rotation 1 for exchange students, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)
  • 1EE092 Clinical rotation 2 for exchange students, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)
  • 1EE093 Clinical rotation 2.1 for exchange students, 9 ECTS credits (6 weeks)
  • 1EE094 Clinical rotation 3 for exchange students, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)
  • 1EE095 Clinical rotation for exchange students, 7.5 ECTS credits (5 weeks)
  • 1SY053 Clinical Education Ward (in English during autumn semester only, 2 weeks)

Options in Swedish

Exchange students with a good command of Swedish or another Scandinavian language are welcome to apply for the options presented below.

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.

General eligibility for university studies is required. Specific eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • a very good command of Swedish
  • at least 2 years of study on a study programme in Physiotherapy

Specific requirements for clinical rotations:

  • at least previous clinical placement equivalent to 6 ECTS (or 4 weeks - see specific requirements for each course)

Curricular courses (all courses offered both autumn and spring semester)

  • 1EE096 Literature review, 3 ECTS credits (1.5 weeks)

Clinical Rotations

The study programme in physiotherapy also arranges full-time clinical rotations in Swedish designed to meet the needs of incoming exchange students. The duration of a single rotation is four to six weeks. Rotations may be combined according to the needs of the individual student. A student can only, however, 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. The student should complete assignments agreed upon at the start of the clinical rotation. Continuous evaluation will also be carried out throughout the rotation.

During the clinical rotation the student will be assigned to a clinical supervisor, who will be responsible for ongoing instruction and supervision. Appointed lecturer will be responsible for the clinical area in question and participates together with the clinical supervisor in the initial discussion of the student's educational objectives and in evaluations.

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.

  • 1SY053 Clinical Education Ward (2 weeks)
  • 1SY052 ​Clinical Physiotherapy 7, 27 ECTS credits (18 weeks)

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

Curriculum 2017-2018

Semester Course ECTS Credits
1

Anatomy 

Physiotherapy 1

Physiology 1

Physiotherapy 2

Physiology 2

7.5

7.5

3

4.5

7.5

2

Physiology 3

Physiotherapy 3 

Psychology 1

Physiology 4

Physiotherapy 4

Psychology 2 

4.5

7.5

3

3

4.5

7.5

3

Research Methodology

Clinical Medicine 1

Physiotherapy 5 

7.5

7.5

15

4

Physiotherapy 5 

Health promotion

Clinical Medicine 2

7.5

15

7.5

5

Physiotherapy 7

Physiotherapy 8 

15

15

5 and 6 Thesis course in Physiotherapy 15
6

Elective course in Physiotherapy

Elective course

7.5

7.5

Application

Application deadline - courses

  • March 20 (for the autumn semester 2017, end of August to mid-January)
  • September 10 (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 programme

Physiotherapy is a field of knowledge that is described from both a medical and a health perspective. Physiotherapists work with health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Physiotherapists work with people with disabilities caused by disease or damage to different organ systems, such as the nervous system, the respiratory system, the locomotor system and the cardiovascular system. They work with people of all ages and people with mental conditions or psychosomatic problems. Physiotherapists have independent responsibility for assessment, choice of intervention, treatment and evaluation.

The study programme covers physiotherapy and research methodology, anatomy, physiology, psychology and numerous medical subjects. Students learn about the structure, function, capacity and limitations of the human body, and make early contact with patients and their physiotherapists through field studies. Clinical studies take place largely in different parts of the Stockholm regional healthcare sector. In the final term, students take elective courses and complete a Bachelor Thesis.

After graduation

Physiotherapists work in hospitals and healthcare centres, with home nursing and the care of the developmentally delayed, in occupational care and at sports clinics, health promotion centres and private practices.

Degree ProgrammePhysiotherapy