Exchange Programmes

Karolinska Institutet has established exchange agreements with many universities around the world. The exchanges are carried out within different exchange programmes.


ERASMUS+ is an EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020. Erasmus+ is the EU's flagship education and training programme for universities around Europe. The programme aims at promoting the European dimension in education. Participation in Erasmus+ includes bilateral exchange agreements between Karolinska Institutet and our partner universities.

Within the Erasmus+ agreements for your study programme you can participate in exchange studies or traineeships for three to twelve months. In order to be selected for an Erasmus+ exchange you must have completed at least one year of studies and you must still be a registered student at a study programme at Karolinska Institutet. 

Karolinska Institutet's Erasmus code: S STOCKHO03
Erasmus University Charter Number: 29441-LA-1-2014-1-SE-E4AKA1-ECHE

Erasmus Policy Statement 2021-2027
Erasmus+ Charter 2021-2027

Erasmus 2021-2027
KI has been granted "Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027". The charter is a prerequisite for being able to participate in all the activities included in the Erasmus programme, such as teacher and student exchange, Erasmus + strategic partnerships and the European University Network in which KI is a member, NeurotechEU. With the charter, we commit ourselves to following Erasmus' basic principles, which aim, among other things, at increased inclusion, non-discrimination, openness, sustainability and civic engagement. In connection with the application, KI has a new "Erasmus Policy Statement 2021-2027" . This policy describes, among other things, how KI's participation in the Erasmus program is seen as part of meeting the goals in Strategy 2030 through the activities in which we plan to take part.

Erasmus+ Grant

Students participating in Erasmus+ receive a grant, to help cover travel and subsistence costs in connection with their study period abroad. The grant differs depending on the country that you will be travelling to. 80% of the grant will be transferred before the exchange/traineeship starts. The remaining 20% will be transferred when the exchange travel report has been approved of and the "Certificate of attendance" has been handed in. Contact if you have questions regarding your grant levels.

Stipend levels (subject to change)

Country € month € day
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, UK 460 15,3
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Czechia, Germany, Hungary 400 13,3
Country € month € day
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, UK 655 21,8
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Czechia, Germany, Hungary 595 19,8

You can receive a scholarship for up to 12 months per education level (bachelor and master) for studies and internships within Erasmus+ (for students on long programs such as the doctoral program, the psychologist program and the dental program, a maximum of 24 months applies). You apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship on a special form, which you then submit to your International coordinator before departure.

Switzerland is not part of Erasmus+, but you can still conduct exchange studies at Swiss partner universities. Instead of an Erasmus+ scholarship, you will receive a scholarship from the host university through the Swiss-European Mobility Program (SEMP).

Through Erasmus+, you as a parent can get the opportunity for extra financial support if you take your children on the exchange. Contact your International Cdministrator for more information.

Extra grant for train travel

If you are going on an Erasmus exchange during the academic year 20/21, you have the opportunity to apply for an extra travel grant of up to 2000 SEK which must be used to travel by train to or from your Erasmus destination. The grant can be used as partial pay for an Interrail card.

You apply by checking the box called “Train travel grant (Erasmus)” when completing your Erasmus grant form. The grant is paid out together with your first payment of the Erasmus grant. After the exchange, you have to submit a copy of the receipt and train ticket. If you fail to do so, you will have to return the extra grant. Keep in mind that the insurance you receive through KI/Kammarkollegiet is valid for the fastest possible route to your final destination, so if you choose to take the train, you must have your own travel insurance. 

Erasmus University Charter

Karolinska Institutet has been awarded the Erasmus Extended University Charter and is holder of the Charter for the full duration of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020). The Charter entitles Karolinska Institutet to participate in decentralised Erasmus activities as well as to act as an applicant organisation in Erasmus centralised actions managed by the Executive Agency.

More Information About Erasmus+

For more information on the Erasmus+ programme, please contact Karolinska Institutet's institutional Erasmus coordinator:

Kristina Jesinkey

International coordinator


Nordplus Higher Education is a programme for exchange of teachers and students at universities, university colleges and other higher education institutions in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The programme builds on cooperation within networks, offering activities such as student and teacher exchanges and intensive programmes.

Nordplus is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and aims at strengthening the contact between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. The duration of the exchange studies may vary from one month up to a full year. As a Nordplus exchange student you will receive a Nordplus scholarship, the size of which depends on where you are going to study and for how long.

The scholarship usually covers some of the extra expenses related to an exchange and some of the costs for travel.

Nordplus Certificate of Attendance

Contact your International coordinator or visit the Nordplus website for more information about the Nordplus programme.


The Linnaeus-Palme Partnership allows Swedish universities to apply for grants for the development of partnerships with universities in low and middle-income countries. Grants from the programme provide the opportunity to offer coordinated teacher and student exchanges that strengthen the university’s capacity and strategic internationalisation work and to widen interest in cooperation for development among young people.

One expected result is that teachers and students develop an interest in and ability to contribute to the 2030 Agenda. People with other roles at the university can also participate in activities to meet mutual needs for development. In addition, UHR (Universitets- och Högskolerådet) also strives for international exchanges and partnerships that will contribute to raising the quality of education.

UHR is responsible for Linnaeus-Palme. The programme is funded by Sida as part of the strategy for capacity development, partnership and methods that support the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development 2018–2022.

What is Linnaeus-Palme?

The Linnaeus-Palme programme has two components - Linnaeus scholarships for KI students going on exchange to a partner university and Palme scholarships for students coming to KI. The participating study programmes at KI makes an annual application for funding in dialogue with the partner university. The duration of the exchange varies from 10 to 40 weeks, depending on the amount of funding. As a Linnaeus student you must be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit in Sweden.

Students who are nominated for an exchange through Linnaeus-Palme will receive a Linnaeus grant. You can be awarded a Linnaeus grant only once. Please note that KI makes an annual application for Linnaeus-Palme funding for each Linnaeus-Palme project. If any of the applications would be rejected, any nominated students will receive a small grant from KI instead (a so called "INK" grant). More information at UHR´s website.

Contact your International Coordinator for further information about the Linnaeus-Palme programme or find more information at UHR's website (in Swedish only).

Pernilla Witte

Administrative officer

INK Exchanges

Exchanges which are not carried out within the Nordplus, Erasmus or Linnaeus-Palme programmes, are called "INK exchanges" (short for International Committee exchanges). The INK programme gives students an opportunity to carry out exchange studies at partner universities outside Europe, but not funded by an exchange programme. An INK exchange is based on a bilateral exchange agreement between Karolinska Institutet and a foreign university, just like the other exchange programmes, but it is not funded by for example the EU or Sida.

Students participating in an INK exchange will instead of a Nordplus, Erasmus or Linnaeus grant, receive a smaller grant from Karolinska Institutet. The amount of the grant depends on the duration of the exchange. The duration of an INK exchange must be at least 5 weeks. However, for some study programmes the minimum duration is 8 weeks. You can find more details on your programme website.

Contact your International Coordinator for more information about INK exchanges.