Studying Abroad as a Freemover

If you choose to study abroad on your own as a so called freemover you can control much of it yourself. This means that you prepare and arrange your studies at a foreign university on your own initiative.

You are responsible for all costs such as application and tuition fees, etc. Contacts with universities and authorities are also your responsibility.


The preparations include obtaining basic data such as descriptions of the study programme and courses in which you plan to partake, course literature and other things that can help your director of studies decide whether a credit transfer of the foreign learning outcome is possible.

You need to request approved leave from studies from Karolinska Institutet for the period of your visit abroad and you will thereby not be registered at Karolinska Institutet during the leave.

Writing Your Thesis Abroad

If, on your own initiative and with the approval of supervisors at Karolinska Institutet, you choose to carry out a project or degree project abroad (data collection for your thesis) and are still registered on the course concerned at Karolinska Institutet, you may be covered by the group insurance that KI has signed with the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency, provided there is a written agreement of acceptance between KI (not the student) and the institution or establishment. Please contact your International Coordinator for more information.

KI will not take out individual Student UT insurance if you are on a study break or if you will carry out studies abroad that will not be accredited within your study programme at Karolinska Institutet.

More Information

More information about studying abroad is available at, for example, The website contains advice on things you should consider regarding your application, language skills and finance. There are also links to further information on practical training in different countries.