This is your guide as a newly admitted student to one of our global bachelor’s or master’s programmes. It helps you plan your journey to Sweden, and ensure a smooth start to your studies at Karolinska Institutet (KI). We are looking forward to helping you prepare and welcoming you to the KI community!
Key dates 2023
- Admissions results published: 30 March (master's), 5 April (bachelor's)
- Scholarship notification: 28 April (Karolinska Institutet) , 27 April (Swedish Institute)
- Tuition fee deadline (if required): 22 May
- Deadline to apply for KI Housing (if you are eligible): 18 June
- Registration period: 14-30 August (master's), 2-16 August (bachelor's)
- Arrival days: 19-20 August
- Introduction week & welcome ceremony: 21-25 August
- Study start with mandatory roll call: 28 August
Information from KI to your email
As a newly admitted student you will be receiving information, tips and reminders from KI to the email address you used when applying at universityadmissions.se.
- Newsletters with tips and reminders once a month. You will receive your first email shortly after the admissions results are published.
- Invitation to join our Pre-departure webinars on 4 April (10 am, CET) and 18 April (3 pm, CET).
- Programme welcome letter with information about your first weeks.
There is a number of things you need to think about before your move to Sweden. Our best advice is to start with your preparations today. Securing your accommodation and applying for residence permit (if required) should be at the top of your list of things to get started with.
There is a shortage in student housing in Stockholm, meaning you should start applying for housing as soon as you can!
If you are a fee-paying master's or bachelor's student you are guaranteed accommodation with KI housing during the first year, but you must apply within the deadline.
If you are a non-feepaying student or Swedish student, you need to find accommodation in Stockholm on your own.
If you are required to pay a tuition fee you will have to pay the first installment before the semester begins. The installment varies depending on the programme.
If you have a scholarship from the Swedish Institute you are exempted from these regulations.
If you have a scholarship from Karolinska Institutet you will be informed separately of the procedures that applies to you.
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 and confirmation of having paid your first tuition fee installment. All residence permit enquiries are handled directly by your embassy and the Swedish Migration board.
You need to review your insurance coverage before arriving in Sweden. We recommend that you are covered by health insurance and home insurance as a minimum. As an international student your are covered by the Swedish State's Insurance for students at Swedish universities. You might also be partially covered by your home country, depending on your citizenship.
The arrival days 19-20 August are organised to give you a smooth arrival and ensure that you get the information needed for a good start at your new study destination. When planning your arrival at KI, make sure to arrive on one of these days to enjoy the additional services offered. If you arrive at Arlanda Airport our student guides and staff will be welcoming you there. They are expecting you and will happily answer any questions you might have and assist you during the last stretch of your journey.
As an international student admitted to a bachelor's or master's programme you are offered a complimentary course in Swedish during the first semester.
- Printable pdf-file of notification of selection results from universityadmissions.se.Your notification will not be stored indefinitely at universityadmissions.se so it is important that you download a copy as you will have to show it in your contact with the Swedish Migration Board or the Swedish Tax Agency.
- A passport valid for at least the duration of your studies. You cannot obtain a residence permit for longer than your passport's period of validity. You also need a valid passport to apply for a Swedish Personal Number.
- Certified copies of your diploma/degree certificate and transcripts in both original language and translation if applicable. You need to enclose these when you apply for a master’s degree certificate after you have completed your master’s programme. You do not have to show them at registration.
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Before you arrive to Stockholm, you need to check that you have sufficient funds to cover your living costs. Living in Sweden is expensive, but if you plan your purchases and take advantage of the many student discounts you can live cheap.
As an international student you are allowed to work next to your studies. Finding a part-time job without speaking Swedish can be difficult, but is not impossible. However, we don't recommend you to rely on a part-time job to cover your living costs.
KI unfortunately can't offer financial support to cover for your living costs. Remember that other sources exist and that investing some time, effort and creativity in researching and applying for scholarships and grants can have a big impact on the actual cost of your education.
The academic year is divided into two semesters: autumn semester and spring semester. The autumn semester starts at the end of August/beginning of September and ends in January. The spring semester starts in January and ends in the beginning of June.
As an international student you are entitled to use the Swedish healthcare system. If you become ill, healthcare is always available near you. Learn more about which healthcare options are available and where to get help. Depending on your citizenship and how long you will be studying in Sweden, you may have to think about taking out a complementary health insurance.
Sweden is a family-friendly country with a lot of public areas and features to keep the entire family happy. Children have the right to a place in nursery school from the day they turn one.
However, arriving with a family requires careful planning, and KI does not offer any targeted services to families. Especially finding housing can be challenging and we recommend that you secure your accommodation before you bring your family to Stockholm.
Arriving with a family
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If you have a permanent disability you can apply for targeted educational support. The purpose of the support is to offer the same prominent level of education and the same quality study environment for all students, regardless of disability.
Average temperatures in Stockholm vary between -4 to +25 C, but temperatures in the summer can approach 30° C and winter chills can occasionally reach -20°. If you stay in Stockholm for one full year you will enjoy the experience of four separate seasonal climates!
Join our Pre-arrival webinars and lives
As a newly admitted student you can participate in a number of webinars and lives to help you prepare for your arrival to Stockholm, Sweden.
Tips from our student bloggers
What does a typical day as a student at KI look like? How do you manage living abroad away from your family? What is the social scene like? Read our student blogs for tips from our digital ambassadors.
Apart from finding your way from the airport and learning to get around in the city, you can now look forward to exploring your new home and joining the introduction week. Start getting familiar with life in Sweden, and prepare for the Swedish bureaucracy of getting a Swedish personal number, and if needed, opening a Swedish bank account.
The week before study start, KI will host arrival days and introduction activities for international students. If you arrive at Arlanda Airport our student guides will be welcoming you there on 19-20 August. Among other things you will also be invited to a welcome ceremony and fair in Aula Medica on Campus Solna on 25 August.
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.
If you are admitted to a study programme longer than 12 months you are usually entitled to a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer). It will help you in your daily life when communicating with Swedish authorities and organisations. Apply as soon as you can, as getting your Swedish personal identity number can take some time!
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All three of Stockholm's airports are connected to Stockholm city centre by airport coaches as well as municipal alternatives. From Stockholm Arlanda-Airport you can also choose the high-speed train service Arlanda Express.
In Stockholm, it is easy to get from one place to another, compared to many other big cities. Public transport is well developed and safe, with the Metro, commuting trains and buses. Bicycles are also very common as there are many bike paths in and around the city.
Can I pay with cash? What's the currency in Sweden? What if there is an emergency? Good-to-know information about day-to-day life in Sweden.
Swedes start studying English at an early age and you'll find most people speak English very well. You don’t actually need to learn any Swedish to survive outside the classroom, but you’ll definitely feel more at home if you do learn a little bit of Swedish during your stay. If you are planning on staying in Sweden after your studies, then learning Swedish will be an advantage for your career.
Tips from our student vloggers
How do you get to Stockholm city from Arlanda airport? How to you live on a budget in Stockholm? Our vloggers got you covered!
Classes will be starting with a mandatory roll call on Monday 28 August. Before your roll call, you need to activate your student account and register for your first course.
The checklist for new students guides you through the study start. How to activate your student account, register for your first course, attend your mandatory roll call, getting your KI card and more.
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As a student at KI you will have freedom in planning how you will use your time, but you are also expected to be independent and take an active part in your learning. On this page you can find the basics of how university studies work and learn about methods of teaching, examination and the grading system.
Moving to and studying in a new country is a big deal! If you are worrying about finding friends and fitting into the Swedish culture, then you are not alone. Joining the student union Mediciniska Föreningen (MF) is a great way of getting involved in the student community and making friends. The union offers exciting events all year; sports activities, pubs, lectures, open meetings, dinners, and parties.
As a student you have free access to spacious and modern gyms, weekly classes, health talks, resources for mental wellbeing, and much more.
Stockholm is a modern hub for life science, tech, fashion, music, ﬁlm, design, gaming, and food, but also a city with many parks, forest, hiking trails and a scenic archipelago. There is plenty to discover, even on a budget.
We hope Stockholm and KI will feel like home.
During your time as student at KI you have access to a number of support functions that can help you out. Academic writing support, career support, student wellbeing, to name a few.
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Connect on social media
As a new student, you may want to connect with your new university for some inspiration. Here is a list of useful accounts and pages that will enable you to do just that.
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Do you want to share your student experience at Karolinska Institutet with prospective students? Apply to become a digital ambassador.
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