Dentistry 2022-2023 (Please note that we don't offer any exchanges during the academic year 2022-2023. We will resume our exchange study program in the academic year 2023-2024)

300 Higher Education Credits, 5 years.

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.

To find the syllabus for the course or rotation you are interested in, follow the link to the course syllabus archive above.

You need to enter the course codes to access the syllabuses and they can be found right before the name of the courses or rotations listed on this page, under "Options in English and Swedish".

Options in English and Swedish

Most courses in the Dentistry programme are offered in Swedish only. For exchange students without very good command of the Swedish language, the Dentistry Programme offers clinical rotations in English. For information on how to apply for exchange studies, see Application.

A clinical rotation requires at least 40 hours of work per week, normally 32 hours of clinical work and eight hours of independent studies. Please note that there is only a limited number of places for clinical rotations and a study place can therefore not be guaranteed.

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.

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

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

Clinical rotations offered during autumn semester 2021 and spring semester 2022

  • 2EE064 Child and Adolescent Dentistry, 4.5 ECTS credits (3 weeks)
  • 2EE065 Comprehensive Care with subject specific courses, 13.5 ECTS credits (9 weeks)
  • 2EE075 Comprehensive Care in Odontology, 6 ECTS credits (4 weeks)

For more information, please visit the Study Programme website. Note that the website is mostly in Swedish.


Application deadlines

Please note that we don't offer any exchanges during the academic year 2022-2023. We will resume our exchange study program in the academic year 2023-2024.

1 May for the autumn term (early September - late January)

1 November for the spring term (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 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 copy of your passport, where your photo and details are visible.  A copy of an ID-card is not sufficient.
  • CV in English

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The information you enter will be stored in a database and treated according to EC Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), or the EU Regulation 2016/679 and its implementing complementing national laws.

Application form for the academic year 2023-2024 will be posted here in the beginning of the Spring semester 2023.

Curriculum 2020-2021
Curriculum Dentistry 2020-2021
Semester Course ECTS Credits
1 Introduction to Dentistry 6
Chemistry of the human body 7.5
Cell- and Molecular Biology including embryology 7.5
To become a dentist (semesters 1, 6 ECTS and 2, 1.5 ECTS) 7.5
Scientific Introduktion 3
2 Structure and Functions of the Organ Systems 27
Oral radiology (first part: Bitewing radiography) 1.5
3 Microbial pathogenesis 6
General Pathology 3.5
Pharmacology 5
3 and 4 Oral Histology and Oral Pathology 7.5
General Medicin 6
Clinical Odontology 1 24.5
4 Oral Radiology 2 6
To become a dentist 2 1.5
5 Clinical odontology 2 21
To become a dentist - teamwork 1.5
Elective course 7.5
6 Clinical odontology 3 24
To become a dentist 3 3
6 to 10 Degree project in Odontology 30
7 Clinical Odontology 4 10.5
Dental toxicology. Adverse reactions to dental biomaterials 1.5
7 and 8 Children and adolescent dentistry 22.5
To become a dentist 4 3
8 Clinical Odontology 5 10.5
9 Clinical Odontology 6 11.5
Oral radiology 3 3
Clinical pharmacology 3
9 and 10 Oral Surgery 4.5
Gerodontics 4.5
10 Clinical Odontology 7 12.5
Ear-nose-throat diseases 1.5
Oncology 1.5
Becoming a dentist 5 3

Giulia Grillo Mikrut

Administrative officer

More information about the programme

Dental students are introduced to the professional life of a dentist in their first year through practical exercises in a dental clinic, visits to dental practices, and contact with later-year students. They meet their first patients in the second year.

At first, patient contact is all about examination, including radiography, diagnostics and oral hygiene instruction. Gradually, treatments become more advanced so that students work with fillings and crowns in their third year and then bridges and dental plates in their fourth.

The theoretical foundation of the course includes chemistry, cell and molecular biology and microbiology, as well as the anatomy and function of bodily organs. The general medical foundation includes pathology, medicine and pharmacology.

Students are also given a grounding in ethics, humanistic medicine, communication, teamwork and patient reception in order to support them in their contact with the public.

Students choose an odontological subject for their degree project at the end of the third year, which they conclude at the end of the fifth with a written and oral presentation.

After graduation

Dentists work in the public (national dental service) or private sector. There is also an opportunity to take a course of specialist training after at least two years of general practice.