Requirements for Exchange Studies at Karolinska Institutet

Due to the high number of requests, Karolinska Institutet only accepts students from partner universities with which there is an agreement of exchange. We do not accept free-movers.

General Requirements

In order to be accepted as an exchange student at Karolinska Institutet the applicant must be enrolled at a university that has a written exchange agreement with Karolinska Institutet for the specific study programme of interest. We do not accept freemovers. Exchange students should be nominated by their home institution, however the final decision on admission is made by Karolinska Institutet.

  • 60 ECTS credits (one year of study) at the home university
  • Basic computer knowledge

General Requirements Depending on Language of Instruction

Exchange students seeking admission to courses offered in English must provide evidence of their proficiency in the English language which should also be confirmed by a representative of the student's home university.

  • Equal to a TOEFL score of 550

Exchange students seeking admission to courses offered in Swedish must provide evidence of their proficiency in the Swedish language or another Scandinavian language.

  • Pass Tisus test or equivalent

Specific Requirements

Specific requirements may apply for courses, research-oriented projects and clinical rotations.

Questions regarding the specific requirements are answered by your international coordinator. Contact information is found under Information and Courses for each study programme in question.

Course Structure

Most courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of study per week, even though you only will have a few hours of lectures each week. The rest of the study time should be spent studying on your own or working on group assignments. Normally, you will only take one course at a time and when it's finished there is an exam. After the exam, a new course starts. The structure of individual courses varies depending on what subject you are taking. One week of full-time study is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. General requirements apply at all times. Specific requirements may apply.

Lectures and Examinations

Courses usually include lectures, seminars and in some courses also laboratory sessions. You might think there is a lot of group work during a course; the idea is to encourage students to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. Teachers expect you to come well-prepared to class, which is why independent work and reading between class normally is extensive.

Examinations vary and can take the form of written or oral tests, laboratory work, or group work. The performance will be graded in accordance with the course's grading scale and on the basis of the student's fulfilment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Research-Oriented Projects

All projects require at least 40 hours of studies per week if they run full-time. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. Projects can however be combined with courses and/or run in parallel with courses. The performance will be graded in accordance with the course's grading scale and on the basis of the student's fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus. General requirements apply at all times. Specific requirements may apply.

Questions regarding the research-oriented projects are answered by the International Coordinator. Contact information is found under Information and Courses for each study programme in question.

Clinical Rotations

Some study programmes arrange full-time clinical rotations in English and in Swedish within different specialties. A clinical rotation requires at least 40 hours of work per week if run full-time and a student can, if needed be, only attend one rotation at a time. Please note that there is only a limited number of places for clinical rotations and a study place can therefore not be guaranteed. Some of the study programmes offer fairly flexible starting dates meanwhile others have fixed rotation dates. During a clinical rotation the student will be assigned to a clinical supervisor who will be responsible for ongoing instructions and supervision. The performance will be graded in accordance with the course's grading scale and on the basis of the student's fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus. General requirements apply at all times. Specific requirements may apply.

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