FAQ – Global Bachelor’s Programmes

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions about admissions to the Global Bachelor's programme in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet. 

In our Q&A for newly admitted students you will also find information related to the Corona pandemic.

Before applying

Can I continue with medical studies if I first complete the bachelor’s programme in biomedicine?

No, the three-year bachelor’s programme in biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet does not lead to a medical degree. After the completion of the bachelor’s programme in biomedicine you can, for example, apply for any of our Global Master’s programmes.

What are the requirements for the Bachelor’s Programme in Biomedicine?

Information on the admissions requirements for the Bachelor’s Programme in Biomedicine can be found in the information on Admissions to Global Bachelor's programme.

Am I eligible to the Bachelor’s Programme in Biomedicine?

In order to be considered for the selection to the Bachelor’s Programme in Biomedicine, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements through the Swedish upper secondary school courses Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4, English 6/English B, or the equivalent courses.

Your upper secondary school courses will be assessed by University Admissions once you have submitted a complete application. In the assessment of foreign upper secondary school courses and grades, University Admissions uses among others the following country handbooks developed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Karolinska Institutet is not involved in the eligibility assessments and we cannot guide you regarding the assessments.

Which documents should I enclose?

For information about documentation requirements for bachelor’s applicants please read more on universityadmissions.se.

If you already have university level credentials you should also submit them to University Admissions. When sending your university level credentials to University Admissions, please make sure you follow the requirements for university records. Your university records might have to be translated. University records from most countries can be uploaded, but some have to be sent directly to UniversityAdmissions. Remember to check the country specific requirements.

Am I exempted from the English language tests?

You can be exempted from the English tests either through upper secondary school or university studies. Please read the requirements carefully and if you have doubts on whether you are exempted, please contact University Admissions directly. If you do not meet the exemptions please sign up for any of the recognised English tests as soon as possible.

How do I submit the documents

Please check whether you can upload the original documentation.

Can I send my qualifications by email?

No, qualifications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Can I apply if I'm in my final year of high school?

If you are an EU/EEA citizen in your final year of upper secondary school/high school you are advised to apply in the 15 April 2021 admissions round. In this admissions round only, will applicants in their final year have the possibility to be offered a place. If you are an IB student in your final year you must request an early result from the IB coordinator at your school.

Applicants from outside the EU/EEA area must have a completed upper secondary school/high school education before they can apply.

Please see the key dates for submitting your supporting documents at universityadmissions.se.

Are there any scholarships?

There are no Karolinska Institutet-specific scholarships available for applicants to the bachelor's programme in Biomedicine.

I applied last year, do I have to submit a new application?

If you applied last year, please read the instructions for reapplicants at universityadmissions.se

After applying

How can I find out about the status of my application?

You can follow the status of your application by logging in at universityadmissions.se

Due to the large amount of applications it usually takes several weeks before your application is processed. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be notified about the missing documentation before the deadline for the supporting documentation.

Do I have to confirm my admission?

In the first application round (January application round) you do not need to confirm your admissions offer.

In the second application round (April application round), you need to reply to your admissions offer at your account at universityadmissions.se. Please read more under 'Key dates' at universityadmissions.se.

How can I decline my admissions offer?

You can read more on how to decline your admissions offer at universityadmissions.se.

Will you send me a formal admissions letter?

You can download an official notification of selection results from your account at universityadmissions.se. Please note that you will not be able to get a proof of enrollment before you have registered for the programme.

My application was rejected, can I appeal?

If you have been denied admission because your application was assessed as lacking necessary entry requirements, and you believe that the assessment is incorrect, you may appeal the selection result. Appeals on any other grounds are not possible.

Can I apply for a deferral due to the circumstances related to the Corona pandemic?

A deferral can only be granted if you are currently admitted, have accepted your admission and paid the first installment of the tuition fee (if applicable). You must also demonstrate a valid reason for your deferral request. Valid reasons for granting a deferral may be social circumstances, medical circumstances or other special circumstances such as caring for children, being called up for military service or civilian service, student union commissions, military training according to the ordinance (2015:613), or deferred statutory leave in accordance with the Swedish Education Leave Act (1974:981) [HF chapter 7, § 33 (1993:100) and UHRFS (2016:1)].

You must submit documentation to support your request. The documentation must show that your reason is still valid by the start of the education.

Unfortunately reasons such as financial shortage concerning payment of tuition fee or living expenses, difficulties to find an apartment, preferring to pursue another study or work opportunity, etc will not be sufficient for granting a deferral.

Where can I find the schedule for the programme?

For more information on the schedule and outline of the programme, please see the website for the bachelor’s programme in biomedicine.

When and how do I register?

For information about course start and registration please visit the programme website for the bachelor’s programme in biomedicine.

Are there tuition fees?

Higher education is free for applicants within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. However application and tuition fees apply for applicants from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Please read more on following links:

Tuition fees
Find out if you need to pay fees

Where can I find practical information about studying at Karolinska Institutet?

Please see the current student section and the planning your arrival page, and don't forget the student blogs.

Where can I find information about residence permit for studies?

Please contact the Swedish Migration Board.

Still haven't found the answer?

Karolinska Institutet Admissions Office

Telefon: +46 8 524 862 50

Telephone hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30-11.30 AM (Swedish time)