Admissions to freestanding courses

Below you will find information on how to apply for freestanding courses offered in English at Karolinska Institutet. Please note that a freestanding course does not lead to a degree, you will however receive credits after successfully completing the course.

Important information for all non-EU/EEA citzens

Non-EU/EEA citizens are not recommended to apply for a freestanding course offered on-campus since there will not be enough time to apply for and receive a visa/residence permit before the start of the freestanding course. Please contact the Swedish Migration Board for more information. Please note that freestanding courses offered as distance learning courses may have a few on-campus seminars, please check the course description for information on mandatory seminars. 

Central online application portal

You apply for the freestanding courses through, the online application portal for higher education in Sweden.

Read more about prioritising/ranking your selections at

Follow the instructions on on how to apply. 

Do not send any documents to University Admissions in Sweden ( before you have completed the online application. Please also note that no documents should be submitted directly to Karolinska Institutet.

Entry requirements

Before you apply you need to check that you have the required academic qualifications and language skills. All courses require previous academic studies.

Specific entry requirements

In order to be eligible for a course you need to fulfil the specific entry requirements for the course. Make sure that your academic qualifications meet the specific entry requirements and that you submit all necessary documentation. You can read more about the specific requirements in the course description.

English language requirements

All freestanding courses offered in English require proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school courses English 6/English B.

You may meet the English language requirement through previous university level studies, upper secondary school studies or English language proficiency tests. Please read the instructions on how to document your English language proficiency at

Do not send any language proficiency test results such as IELTS or TOEFL directly to Karolinska Institutet. Please follow the instructions at

Documentation requirements

It is important that you follow the instructions on supporting documentation when you prepare your application. Please make sure that you follow the documentation requirements for master's applicants at If you do not submit the documentation according to the instructions on, you cannot be considered for admission.

Most documents can be uploaded and you will find detailed instructions on how to upload when you are logged in at your account at You must among others make sure that you scan the original documentation and scan in colour. Scanned copies and certified copies will not be accepted by University Admissions in Sweden.

Please note that some transcripts of records have to be submitted directly from the issuing university to University Admissions in Sweden, please check the country specific instructions. In the country specific instructions you will also find information on whether your documents have to be translated.


For more information on the selection process, please see the course description for the course.

For some courses the selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and letter of motivation. If the selection for your course is based on an overall assessment, you must make sure that you submit your CV, letter of motivation, certification of employment etc. by the deadline for the supporting documentation. Please check what applies to your course in the course description.

Key dates

For information on key dates please see the course description and


If you have questions regarding

  • entry requirements,
  • documentation requirements,
  • admissions and selection procedures

please contact the Admissions Office at Karolinska Institutet.


If you have questions regarding

  • your user account at,
  • application fee procedures

please contact

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