Introduction for global programme and exchange students

Welcome to KI! Here you will find information about introduction activities for new students attending the Global Master's and Bachelor's Programmes or if you are here as an exchange student.

Digital Introduction Day Autumn 2020

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, there will not be a physical welcome ceremony this year. Instead, we will host a live introduction ceremony and you will get a glimpse of what the University and the student life have to offer.

All international and Swedish students enrolled in one of our Global Master's and Bachelor's Programmes as well as exchange students are invited to our online Introduction Day, live on 27 August 2020, containing important arrival and preparatory information for your coming life in Stockholm and studies at Karolinska Institutet.

Introduction Day Programme

You are welcome to attend the online Introduction Day if you have accepted the offer.

Date: August 27

Time: 9:00 a.m. to approx. 10:00 a.m

Place: Online.


  • Ole Petter Ottersen, President of Karolinska Institutet  
  • Health Promotion and Sports at KI
  • Flix & Corpus Karrolina, MF’s female and male skit group  
  • Jennifer Valcke and Karen Gustavsson, Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC)  
  • KI University Library (KIB) and the Academic writing support
  • KI Student Health Centre   
  • Medicinska Föreningen (MF), your student union, and Global Friends 

Recording of the ceremony

Missed the ceremony? No problem, we recorded it for you! Watch below.

International welcome ceremony

Student carrying a KI backpack
New students get a KI backpack. Photo: Iida Tynkkynen

Your KI-Backpack

As a new student, you will get KI:s popular backpack! Information about where and when you can collect it will be sent to your KI student e-mail.

Programme/course introduction

A mandatory programme introduction for students admitted to all programmes at Karolinska Institutet will be held on 31 August 2020, unless otherwise notified by your programme. If you cannot attend the mandatory programme introduction, please contact your programme. 

You will receive information about the time and location of the introduction in the welcome letter from your programme director, which will be sent out during the spring semester. At the programme introduction you will be given a general overview of the programme and a schedule for the first semester.

Freestanding course students should contact their teachers for information on roll call. Contact information is available on the programme and course websites.

Individual introduction sessions

For exchange students arriving during other parts of the semester (not in September or January), a shorter individual introduction session is arranged with your international coordinator at Karolinska Institutet.