FAQ – Global Master’s Programmes
Here you will find the most frequently asked questions about admissions to the Global Master's programmes at Karolinska Institutet.
In our Q&A for newly admitted students you will also find information related to the Corona pandemic.
What are the requirements for the master’s programmes?
Information on the admissions requirements for the Global Master’s Programmes can be found in the information on Admissions to Global Master’s Programmes. In addition to the general entry requirements, each programme has set a number of specific entry requirements, for more information, please visit the programme descriptions.
Am I eligible to the master’s programmes?
Once you have submitted a complete application, University Admissions will assess whether you meet the general requirements. After your application has been processed by University Admissions, Karolinska Institutet will assess whether you meet the specific requirements set for the Master’s programme.
Which documents should I enclose?
Should all supporting documents be received by the application deadline 15 January 2021?
No. All supporting documents must be received by University Admissions in Sweden by the deadline for the supporting documents 1st of February 2021. Most documents including the CV form with enclosures can be uploaded, there are however some academic credentials which cannot be uploaded. If you have taken a language proficiency test, please also check how the test results should be reported.
How do you select candidates to the programme?
Even though you might meet the entry requirements, this does not guarantee admission. When the number of applicants exceeds the number of places offered (which is normally the case) a selection among the eligible applicants will take place.
The selection is based on an overall assessment of your qualifications, such as your previous education, relevant work and research experience and statement of intent.
Please fill-in the CV form for each Master’s programme you are applying to and submit it together with the other required documents to University Admissions.
I do not manage to fill-out the CV form, what is the problem?
Please make sure you open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader before you start to fill-out the CV form. Opening the CV form in any other programmes may corrupt the CV form, and the CV form may appear blank after it has been uploaded.
Can I upload my CV form and the other enclosures?
You are advised to upload the CV form and the supporting documents at your account at UniversityAdmissions.se. You will find a summary of academic credentials which cannot be uploaded at submitting my documents. If you have already uploaded the CV form there is no need for you to send the CV form via postal mail.
Do I have to submit a separate motivation letter?
No. It is already included in the Statement of Intent –section in CV form.
I have applied for several master’s programmes at KI, do I have to submit a CV form for each programme?
Yes, you must submit a CV form for each programme you have applied to. Please however do not enclose multiple copies of your certifying documents.
Note that admissions to the joint master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science is administered by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Please see the documentation requirements for the master’s programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Science.
Can I make an own translation of a certifying document?
No. You have to get an authorised translation.
How can I certify my work experience if I work in my own company?
You can for example enclose a certificate which shows that you have a registered company.
I have completed a thesis during my studies, should I submit a copy of it?
No. Please do not upload or send a copy your thesis. It is sufficient if your thesis is listed in the transcript of record.
I have completed a mandatory internship during my studies, how should I document it?
If it is listed in your transcript of record then there is no need for additional documentation.
Should I enclose recommendation letters?
Recommendation letters will not be considered. You can however enclose them as a proof the experiences which you mention in the CV form.
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.
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 study?
Yes. Applicants in their final year can be conditionally admitted on the condition they have completed their degree by the start of the programme. Please follow the instructions For students in their final year of bachelor's studies.
Are there any scholarships?
I applied last year, do I have to submit a new application?
If you applied last year, please read the instructions about reapplicants at universityadmissions.se
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 amount of applications it usually takes several weeks before your application is processed.
Do I have to confirm my admission?
Yes. All admitted and waitlisted applicants will receive information on how to confirm or decline their offer.
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 programme website.
When and how do I register?
For information about course start registration visit the website of the programme.
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:
Where can I find practical information about studying at Karolinska Institutet?
Where can I find information about residence permit for studies?
Please contact the Swedish Migration Board.
Still haven't found the answer?
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