Optometry 2022-2023

180 Higher Education Credits, 3 years.

To be accepted as an exchange student at Karolinska Institutet you must be enrolled at a higher education institution that has a written exchange agreement with Karolinska Institutet for the specific study programme of interest. Exchange students should be selected and nominated by their home institution, however the final decision on admission is made by Karolinska Institutet.

To find the syllabus for the course or rotation you are interested in, follow the link to the course syllabus archive above.

You need to enter the course codes to access the syllabuses and they can be found right before the name of the courses or rotations listed on this page, under "Options in English" and "Options in Swedish".

Options in English

For exchange students without very good command of the Swedish language, the Study Programme in Optometry offers various options.

Courses and project work offered to exchange students

The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfilment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Please note that there is only a limited number of places for clinical rotations and a study place can therefore not be guaranteed. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale with the exception of clinical rotations with a duration shorter than 3 weeks which will be graded fail or pass.

During the clinical rotation the student will be assigned to a clinical supervisor who will be responsible for ongoing instruction and supervision. Appointed lecturer will be responsible for the clinical area in question and participates together with the clinical supervisor in the initial discussion of the student's educational objectives and in evaluations.

Genera requirements

All options are offered both autumn semester 2022 and spring semester 2023.

Courses and rotations

  • 1EE065 Project work, 30 ECTS credits
  • 1EE066 Project work, 15 ECTS credits
  • 1EE076 Clinical work for incoming exchange students , 15 ECTS credits

Options in Swedish

Most courses in the Optometry programme are offered in Swedish only. Exchange students with a good command of Swedish or another Scandinavian language are welcome to apply for the courses.

All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfilment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Each course is only given once every academic year in a given time period and most of the courses run in parallel. Hence, a student can only attend one course at a time. All courses end with an examination.

Courses offered autumn semester 2022

Courses offered during semester 3 in the curriculum

  • 1OP071 Advanced Optometry 1 , 12 ECTS credits
  • 1OP072 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases part 2, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP016 Pharmacology, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1OP073 Advanced Optometry 2, 7.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 5 in the curriculum

  • 1OP026 Statistics and Science Methods, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1OP049 Degree Project in Optometry 7.5 out of 15 ECTS credits
  • 1OP079 Clinical Optometry 2, 4.5 ECTS credits 
  • 1OP081 Contact lens part 2, 15 ECTS credits (7,5 ECTS credits in autumn)
  • Elective courses 7.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered spring semester 2023

Courses offered during semester 2 in the curriculum

  • 1OP069 Basic Optometry 2, 15 ECTS credits
  • 1OP070 Optics 2, 4.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP068 Ocular anatomy, physiology and diseases part 1, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP056 Pathology 1, 3 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 4 in the curriculum

  • 1OP074 Advanced Optometry 3 and Perception, 9 ECTS credits
  • 1OP057 Micro-biology, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1OP075 Contact Lens and Chemistry, 4.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP076 Clinical Optometry 1 , 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP077 Enviromental optometry, 6 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 6 in the curriculum

  • 1OP082 Clinical optometry 3, 12 ECTS credits
  • 1OP081 Contact Lenses 2 15 ECTS credits, part 2  7.5 ECTS credits in fall
  • 1OP049 Degree Project in Optometry7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP084 Low vision, 3 ECTS credits



For more information about the study programme, please visit the programme website (in Swedish).


Application deadlines

  • May 1 (for studies during the autumn semester 2022)
  • October 15 (for studies during the spring semester 2023)

Who can apply? When you have been nominated by your home university for exchange studies at Karolinska Institutet, you can apply using the form below.

Will I be admitted? There are only a limited number of places on curricular courses and projects. You apply in competition and a study place cannot be guaranteed. Please choose more than one alternative when filling in the application form, since that will increase you chances of being admitted.

How do I apply? Start the on-line application below by selecting your home university, preferred period of study and language of instruction. Then look through the entire form and read all the information carefully, especially under proposed study programme at Karolinska Institutet. Mandatory information is marked " * ". You will not be able to submit the application if you omit this information.

Have all the information ready when you start. Once you have started to enter the required information on-line, you cannot save it to continue at a later stage. This means that you must have all information ready by the time you wish to submit your application, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. As long as you are actively entering information, there is no time limit.

Remember to print the application and registration number. Please note that you must print your application before you submit it electronically. You submit the application by pressing the "Submit" button at the end of the form. Note that when this is done you cannot make any changes! You will immediately get a notification that your application has been registered along with a registration number unique to your application. Please make a note of this registration number as it is used to check the status of your application.

What do I do with my printed application? Once you have printed the application, sign it and also have it signed by the international coordinator or contact person at your university. Please send the application to the international coordinator, either scanned or by regular mail, together with:

  • A verified transcript of credits and grades, i.e. list of courses passed at your home university
  • A verified copy of your passport, where your photo and details are visible. The copy MUST be certified by your university, i.e. signed and stamped by somebody who works at your university, who can certify that it is a copy of your passport. A copy of an ID-card is not sufficient.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The information you enter will be stored in a database and treated according to EC Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), or the EU Regulation 2016/679 and its implementing complementing national laws.

Application form 2022-2023

Magdalena Palmquist

Administrative officer
Curriculum Optometry 2022-2023
Curriculum Optometry 2022-2023
Semester Course ECTS Credits
1 1OP086 Basic Optometry 1 10.5
1OP065 Optics1 10.5
1OP067 General anatomy and physiology 9
2 1OP069 Basic Optometry 2 15
1OP070 Optics 2 4.5
1OP068 Ocular anatomy, physiology and diseases part 1 7.5
1OP056 Pathology 3
3 1OP071 Advanced Optometry 1 12
1OP072 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases part 2 7.5
1OP016 Pharmacology 3
1OP073 Advanced Optometry 2 7.5
4 1OP074 Advanced Optometry 3 and perception 9
1OP057 Micro-biology 3
1OP075 Contact lens and chemistry 4.5
1OP076 Clinical optometry 1 7.5
1OP077 Enviromental optometry 1OP077 6
5 1OP026 Statistics and Science Methods 3
1OP049 Degree Project in Optometry 7.5 out of 15
Code will be published later Clinical Optometry 2 4.5
Code will be published later Contact lenses 2 7.5
Elective courses 7.5
6 1OP082 Clinical optometry 3 12
1OP081Contact Lenses 2, part 2 7.5
1OP049 Degree Project in Optometry 7.5
1OP084 Low vision 3

More information about the study programme

Optometry encompasses the diagnosis and measurement of refractive error in the optics of the eye, and the visual problems that this can cause. Optometry also covers the treatment of such problems.

The study programme is based on the concepts of the eye, vision and optical correction. Students learn to understand morbid changes to the eye through the study, first and foremost, of medicine, optics, physiological optics and contact lens technology.

Teaching methods include individual and group study, lectures, clinical work, practical exercises, project work, seminars and field studies.

The study programme is offered in association with the Royal Institute of Technology.

After graduation

Optometrists normally work in optometry practices or in hospitals. They also work with visual correction using contact lenses and glasses for people with eye diseases and with eye tests for children. Work opportunities also exist in the optical industry and at low vision centres, where optometrists help people with impaired vision.