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How to apply for a deferral

If you have been admitted to a global programme or a freestanding course at Karolinska Institutet and want to apply for a deferral, please follow the instructions below.

Reasons for deferrals

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)].

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.

How to apply for a deferral

If you have been admitted to a global programme or a freestanding course at Karolinska Institutet and want to apply for a deferral, please send an email to admissions@ki.se with the following information:

Subject line: Deferral of the study start

Attachments:

1. An attached letter containing the following information

  • Name
  • Date of birth or your Swedish social security number
  • Which programme/course you have been admitted to
  • Application number
  • Reason for requesting a deferral
  • When you wish to start your studies

2. Documentation certifying your reason

  • Documentation to support your request. (for example, if you request a deferral due to medical reasons, you should submit a medical statement from your physician).
  • The documentation must show that your reason is still valid by the start of the education
  • Please note that links referred to websites will not be accepted.

A deferral is normally granted until the next start of the programme. If that is not sufficient, you must inform us in your application.

If you prefer to send your application via regular mail, please send it to:

Karolinska Institutet
Education Support Office
Admissions
SE-171 77 Stockholm
Sweden