Planning your arrival
On this page we have gathered useful information for newly admitted students to our global bachelor's and master's programmes to ensure a smooth start to your studies.
There is a number of things to think about before you arrive to Stockholm, and we are here to guide you through the process.
Follow the bellow steps to be sure you receive the information you need.
1. Read the pre-arrival guide
The Pre-Arrival Guide for Global Bachelor's and Master's Students is your guide as a new student. It includes detailed information and checklists that will help you plan your journey – both before you travel abroad and after you arrive in Sweden.
2. Check your email for newsletters
Important information will also be sent to you once a month from our study guidance email. Check for the subject line "News for Admitted students". You will receive your first email shortly after the announcement of the admission results. If you can't find them, please check your spam filter as well.
3. Join our Pre-Departure webinar
Join our Pre-Departure Webinar on April 15 at 15:00 CET for pre-arrival information and the opportunity to ask questions to our staff. A current international student will also be there to answer any questions about student life. You will receive an invitation directly to your email.
Connect with our digital ambassadors
You may also want to connect with our digital ambassadors to learn more about student life at Karolinska Institutet.
If you have practical questions regarding residence permit, insurance, course start etc. please find contact details to our staff at the bottom of this page.
To connect with our digital ambassadors:
- Like Karolinska Institutet Student on Facebook for stories and lives hosted by our digital ambassadors.
- Like @KIStudents om Instagram for student photos, stories and lives hosted by our digital ambassadors.
- Read the student blog and check the category #pre-arrival for tips.
- Watch the student vlog for inspiration and pre-arrival tips.
As a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need to contact the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to arrange for a residence permit. We strongly recommend that you initiate the residence permit application procedures as soon as possible after you receive your notification of selection results. All residence permit enquiries are handled directly by your embassy and the Swedish Migration board. You will need to provide them with exact semester dates, you can find them on our Academic calendar page.
There is a lack of student accommodation in the Stockholm area.
Fee-paying master's and bachelor's students (including those receiving scholarships) are guaranteed accommodation with KI housing, but must still apply for this via KI housing's website as soon as they have received their notification of selection results. EU/EEA and Swedish students must arrange for accommodation in Stockholm on their own.
It is very important to start looking for and signing up for lists of accommodation as soon as possible after receiving your notification of acceptance. Exact semester dates can be found on our Academic calendar page.
Before arriving in Sweden, you need to review your insurance coverage. In order to be fully covered, all students are strongly advised to take out their own insurance for illness and accidents. Most insurance companies require you to have insurance before you leave your home country so please read the instructions carefully.
If your study programme is more than 1 year in length you are eligible for a Swedish personal number and automatically fall under the Swedish healthcare system. You will receive a letter to your place of residence identifying your local healthcare center for check-ups and appointments and of course you can go to the emergency department of a hospital should you need to.
Living costs and funding
The cost of living in Sweden is quite high compared to other countries and international students must be prepared for this. Students have to finance their stay in Sweden with grants, study assistance from their home country and/or personal funds as Karolinska Institutet is not able to offer financial support to students for their living costs. When applying for a residence permit you must prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you will have a guaranteed sum of money at your disposal throughout the entire period of your studies. The amount is SEK 8,568 per month for ten months of the year. If you wish to bring your family you must show that you have at your disposal an additional SEK 3,570 per month for your spouse and SEK 2,142 per month per child.
Opening a bank account
It's not always necessary for international students to open a bank account in Sweden while studying here. But if you need one, be prepared that it can be rather tricky for international students due to strict regulations and security aspects.
To make your arrival in Stockholm as smooth as possible, we offer a pickup service for international students. If you wish, we can arrange for a student ambassador to meet you at the Stockholm City Terminal (T-Centralen) and escort you to your accommodation. You will be travelling by public transport to your accommodation, and you will be able to buy your public transport ticket at the City Terminal with the help of the pick-up-service student.
As soon as you have the details for your arrival in Stockholm, please e-mail the following to email@example.com:
- Day and time of arrival
- Flight number and airport
- Accommodation in Stockholm
- Mobile phone number
Transportation from the Airport
There are several ways to get to Stockholm City Terminal from one of Stockholm's three airports, Arlanda, Bromma and Skavsta. The best option is usually Flygbussarna Airport Coaches. You can also use SL - Stockholm Public Transport.
Getting you keys
If you will be staying with KI Housing, you will receive an email from KI Housing with a code to a key box where can collect your keys upon arrival. You can find more information about the arrival procedure on KI Housing's website.
If you are using KI pick-up service, the keys will be collected for you in advance. Note that you need to forward the arrival email from KI Housing to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can collect the keys for you.
For accommodation arranged privately, you will have to make your own arrangements for collecting the keys.
A digital Introduction Ceremony is arranged at the end of August for all new students at Karolinska Institutet, including practical information about studying at KI. Read more about the Introduction Ceremony.
All international students on bachelor's and master's level are offered a complimentary evening course in Swedish during the first semester.
If you would like to learn Swedish before you arrive, the Swedish Institute offers a free beginners course online.
- For questions related to your programme, registration and roll call, please check the contact details in your Programme Welcome Letter.
- For questions on any of the topics covered on this page, please send an email to email@example.com.
- For questions regarding your results, please contact the Admissions Office.