Speech and Language Pathology 15/16

240 Higher Education Credits, 4 years.

A speech-language pathologist works with speech, language and voice disorders and their treatment. These disorders can cause communication difficulties and, in severe cases the patient may lose most of his/her possibilities to communicate with other people. Thus, human communication is an overall topic for the study programme. An additional area in speech-language pathology is swallowing malfunctions and their attendance.

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.

After graduation

Speech and language pathologists work at speech and language departments in hospitals and in the primary health care. They also work at specialist clinics for example children´s clinics, ear-nose-throat clinics, habilitation and rehabilitation centers, nursing homes as well as private clinics. In addition, speech and language pathologists also work as teachers specializing in training of voice and speech at teacher colleges and drama and singing schools.

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

Offered during the spring semester 2016

2LG043 Speech disorders and dysphagia in adults, 7.5 ECTS credits

2LG062 Transcriptions of speech, 3 ECTS credits

1EE021 Community and home based rehabilitation, 7.5 ECTS credits (May 2 - June 3, 2016 - interprofessional course)

1EE099 Introduction to Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, 7.5 ECTS credits

Options in Swedish

Please contact the international student coordinator for options in Swedish (see bottom of page). 

Curriculum 15/16

Semester Course ECTS Credits

Social psychology

Cognition psychology

Developmental psychology

Statistics and methodology

General and special medicine

Professional issues and ethics 1








Basics in Linguistics

Linguistic evolution, development and variation

Speech transcription

Child speech and language acquisition





2-3 General and special medicine 2  4.5

Phonetic and phonological analysis

Speech and voice theory

Experimental phonetics



Linguistic interaction analysis








Statistics and methods 2

Research methodology and project work

Voice, speech and communication disorders 1

Practical speech and language pathology and professional issues  1

General and special medicine 3







Language disorders in children and adolescents

Speech disorders and dysphagia in children and adolescents

Professional issues and ethics 2

Practical speech and language pathology and child observations 1

General and specific medicine 4







Language disorders in adults

Speech disorders and dysphagia in adults

Scientific seminars 

Practical speech and language pathology and professional issues 2

General and specific medicine 5


7.5 ENG





Reading and writing difficulties

Voice, speech and communication disorders 2

Practical speech and language pathology and child observations 2

Elective course

Scientific seminars and ethics 






8 Thesis in speech and language pathology 30


Application deadlines

  • April 15 (for the autumn semester 2015, end of August to mid-January)
  • October 15 (for the spring semester 2016, mid-January to the beginning of June)

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 student coordinator 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 15/16


Senior lecturer/speech therapist

Ellika Schalling

Phone: +46-(0)8-585 874 11
Organizational unit: x
E-mail: Ellika.Schalling@ki.se

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

Speech and Language Pathology students study healthy and disordered speech, language, voice, and swallowing functions, the disorders´ causes and treatment and the patients´ rehabilitation. Speech-language pathology is an interdisciplinary field and the study programme includes humanities, science and medicine. It consists of theory and clinical practicum in parallel. The aim of the study programme is to teach and train the students in examination, assessment, diagnostics, and treatment of speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders in patients of all ages.

The first three terms contain courses in psychology, linguistics and phonetics and are given at the Stockholm University. In parallel with these courses the students are offered basic preclinical courses in anatomy and physiology and in training of their own voice and speech. These courses take part at the Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge.

Terms four to seven contain courses in speech and language pathology. These courses consist of theory and practicum. Practicum takes part at the Karolinska University Hospital, at other hospitals, speech-language clinics and habilitation centers in the Stockholm area.

The programme is ended with a Master's thesis (one semester).


Degree ProgrammeSpeech-Language Pathology