For students attending the Joint Master's Programme in Health Informatics FAQ
The most Frequently Asked Questions about studying abroad
What do exchange studies involve?
Studying abroad within the framework of an exchange programme means that the student spends part of his/her period training at one of the exchange programme’s partner universities. As a Health Informatics student you will focus on collecting data for your Degree Project.
Can I go at any time during my studies?
Due to restriction of student selected courses, the programme recommends exchange studies during the 4th semester, data collection for your Degree Project.
How long can I study abroad?
The exchange study period should be a minimum 5 weeks, up till one semester.
What is expected of an exchange student?
Studying abroad for a period requires a lot of preparation. There are many aspects to consider – before, during and after the study period. You will receive advice and help from the Programme Director and the International Coordinator during your planning.
However, remember that the responsibility for the success of your preparatory work and your foreign studies is your own and that you will have to do a lot of work on your own.
Once you have accepted an exchange place, the International Coordinator will nominate you to the partner university. After you have been nominated you will be contacted by the partner university where you will begin to discuss your project. Once you have accepted the place, compelling reasons are required to withdraw your application.
In your capacity as a representative of Karolinska Institutet, it is also important that you are a good ambassador during your stay abroad.
How are exchange studies credited at KI?
When you collect data abroad, you should have a supervisor both at KI and at the partner university. Your proposed Degree Project should be approved at KI before you start your work. Contact the Programme Director for further information.
Is accommodation abroad included?
As an exchange student, your hosting department can sometimes help you to arrange accommodation. However, access to student residences is limited in certain places therefore, it is important that you apply for accommodation as soon as you receive your acceptance notice from the host university.
What will my financial situation be like during my exchange studies?
As an exchange student at a partner university you will not pay tuition fees at the host university (this does not apply to "freemover" students). However, if you are currently paying tuition fees at KI, you will also pay the KI tuition fee for the period of your exchange study.
Even if tuition fees do not apply to you in Sweden, other expenses may arise, such as student union fees, insurance fees and costs for course literature and other material.
Swedish Students and Students with Permanent Residence Permits
If you fulfill the requirements for a Swedish governmental student grant from CSN, you are entitled to receive it during your studies abroad. Students who collect data abroad for their Degree Project should apply for an ordinary student grant irrespective of the length of their stay. You will be registered in Ladok as a student at KI during the period, not as an exchange student. For more information see the CSN website.
Once you have been accepted by the partner university you can apply for the KI travel grant. The amounts are fixed annually. For 2021/2022 the grant is 5000 SEK for 6 weeks abroad, if you stay 12 weeks or longer the grant is 8000 SEK.
Language skills and language courses?
We do not require a language test if you want to become an exchange student. Therefore, it is your responsibility to have adequate language skills before you begin your exchange studies.
You can brush up your language skills by taking language courses through an adult education organisation (e.g. ABF, Medborgarskolan or Studiefrämjandt, Stockholm University) or you could attend an intensive course in your country of study (e.g. a summer course).
Certain partner universities also organise language courses at various levels, however, a fee might be charged. If you are going to study abroad and you want to apply for a student grant for language studies, you should check with CSN that the school has been approved.
What are exchange reports?
A student who has completed exchange studies within the framework of the Master's Programme in Health Informatics must write an exchange report upon returning.
Remember that it takes a long time to obtain information and organise everything for an exchange study period abroad. Start collecting information and get yourself ready in good time:
It is your own responsibility to prepare yourself as well as possible before you depart!
You must decide where and what you want to study, which can be quite time consuming and requires preparation time.
Don’t forget the unique opportunity you have to learn more about the country and university you plan to go to from exchange students from the partner university who are currently studying at KI.