Internationalisation on Bachelors/First level and Masters/Second level education

In order to improve thequality of education at Bachelor's and Master's level, KI strives to internationalise the study programmes.

The study programmes at KI are engaged in international collaboration through bilateral exchange programmes with universities around the world. International collaboration is funded through European, Nordic or Swedish programmes such as:

  • the Erasmus//Lifelong Learning Programme
  • the Erasmus Mundus programme
  • the Nordplus programme
  • the Linnaeus-Palme programme

The collaboration can consist of mobility, joint course development with partner universities, and/or participation in international intensive programmes.

The aim of the internationalisation is to prepare the students for working on an international arena and in a globalised world. In order to achieve that goal, the aim is to increase the mobility of teachers, staff and students. The aim is also to increase the number of courses offered in English and the international perspective in education should pervade at all levels at KI.

The international dimension of education

The international dimension is becoming increasingly pronounced in most professional fields. Study programmes are therefore to be designed to increase students´ understanding of other countries and international circumstances in order to prepare them for a career in an international environment, even those who do not choose to spend a period of study abroad. The spirit of internationalisation that pervades education at all levels at KI helps to develop and strengthen the operations of KI and the quality of the education it provides.

Organisation and strategy plan

The Board of Higher Education, which is responsible for the internationalisation of Bachelor and Master-level education, has set up a drafting committee for international issues (BIF). The tasks of BIF is to prepare issues of principal and strategic nature internationalisation. The work is prioritised on the basis of the action plan for internationalisation for 2010-2012.

BIF is a committee for preparing, discussing and deciding issues concerned with internationalisation of the study programmes at KI.

The strategy/action plan contains a description of the organisation for internationalisation at KI, goals for its international operations and the measures and activities that need to be implemented for these goals to be achieved. The strategy plan also delegates responsibilities for programme-related activities required by the internationalisation of Bachelor and Master-level programmes.

International committees have been established for most of the study programmes, each responsible for the internationalisation of its own programme.

Exchanges, practical experience, further education

Student exchange and practical experience

Exchange studies entail students either taking courses or taking part of their on-site practical training at the host university. Students can also acquire practical experience at companies or organisations in Europe. KI also offers an elective multiprofessional international course (e.g. Global Health). Students at KI can choose to study abroad as "freemovers" (i.e. study abroad of their own accord/initiative) or through programmes such as the Minor Field Study (MFS).

Further information on student exchanges and practical experiences.

Teacher exchange and further education for staff

Teachers who have studied abroad testify about the professional and personal development they have gained from their experience. The experience from participating in an exchange period abroad contributes to the internationalisation of the education. A guest teacher contributes with new perspectives and might bring new or other methods and knowledge, and enables the exchange of experience between colleagues.

Under the Erasmus programme, it is also possible for administrative staff to take part in staff exchange at a partner university. This allows the participant to meet colleagues in Europe with similar responsibilities and acquire new knowledge and experience.

Further information on teacher exchanges and further education for staff at KI. Länka till Internwebben.

Exchange agreements

Student and teacher exchanges take place within Karolinska Institutet's exchange agreements at Bachelor/first level and Master/Second level, and usually within one of the following programmes:

  • Erasmus - an exchange programme set up by the EU to increase cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe
  • Nordplus - an exchange programme between higher education institutions in the Nordic region
  • Linnaeus-Palme - an exchange programme between universities outside the OECD area
  • Bilateral agreements - outside the externally financed exchange programmes

Exchange agreements 2013/2014


Contact the international student coordinators with all your questions regarding student exchange and administrative routines surrounding the exchange.

Contact the international coordinators with all your questions regarding exchange agreements, rules and regulations and teacher exchange.