Studying with disabilities at KI

Karolinska Institutet can provide students with disabilities with special support during their studies. The purpose of the support is to offer the same high level of education and the same good quality study environment for all students, regardless of disability.

What is the definition of disability?

Disability is defined as: a permanent physical, mental or intellectual impairment of functional capacity which was either caused by an injury or illness already at birth, which arose thereafter, or which may be expected to arise. (The Discrimination Act).

What can you do?

The Office for Students with Disabilities coordinates the practical and financial support measures for students with disabilities. If you need support during your studies at KI, submit your application as soon as possible.

How to apply for special support during your studies at KI

  1. Submit your application via
  2. After your application has been confirmed, contact the coordinator for students with disabilities to schedule an appointment to discuss your individual support.

After your application

After your application and your appointment with the coordinator, you will receive a certificate containing the recommended adaptations and support you might need during your studies. When talking to teachers and other people involved during your studies, it can be useful to provide them with your certificate.

Contact your student counsellor

Each programme has a student counsellor who can help you during your studies. Contact the student counsellor at the beginning of the term to introduce yourself and provide the certificate detailing the support you need for your studies.

The Student Counsellor can provide you with support if you have any questions about your studies or if you need help in your contacts with teachers.

If you have the need for a specially adapted study plan, contact the student counsellor regarding the possibility of having an 'individual study plan'. You might also need to defer one of your modules to another term to slow down your pace of studying.

You find the contact information on your programme's website.


The study counsellor, the coordinator for students with disabilities, and staff at the student's heath centre will not disclose information about a student's personal circumstances to a third party without the student's explicit consent. However, for adaptations that need to be made within the scope of your education, for example, if you need an alternative exam, you will need to discuss this with your teachers.

Personalized aids and apps

For personalized aids, please contact your local health center

For students with dyslexia, here are some apps for iPhone/iPad, and Android respectively (in Swedish). KI does not provide financial support for apps.

Special support for students with disabilities

Read more about what kind of support KI provides for students with disabilities.

Other services

Student health centre

The Student Health Centre offers study-related health care as a complement to the regular health care services. The centre is staffed with doctors, nurses and counsellors and provides support and advice regarding your mental and physical health during your studies. All services are free of charge.

You are welcome to contact the student health centre, they can answer medical questions or give advice regarding study related medical issues.

Literature in other formats at KI's library

If you need of literature in other formats, such as talking books, e-text, or large print, contact the university library, KIB, before the course has started. How to request literature in other formats at KI’s library.

Academic Writing Support

All KI students can receive help to improve their use of language when drafting reports, assignments, and project work at the Academic Writing Support.


Read more about KI's IT resources for students.

Equal treatment for students

Applicants and students at all levels at KI are covered by the provisions of the Discrimination Act that concern the non-discrimination of students. Consequently, KI seeks to protect the ability of every student to fulfil his/her studies regardless of gender, cross-gender identity or expression, age, ethnicity, religion or other belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Read more about equal treatment for students.

Financing your studies

If you have a disability that negatively affects your studies, you may receive special consideration as far as your finances are concerned. You might need a certificate explaining why you did not achieve the required number of points or why your studies are taking longer than normal. 

Adapted Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test

There is a special version of the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (Högskoleprovet) for people who have dyslexia or who have different degrees of visual impairment. If you want to take the adapted exam, you must present a special certificate that proves you have dyslexia or are visually impaired. This exam is held twice a year.


You can apply for priority because of medical reasons at the Federation of Student Unions in Stockholm (SSCO), Stockholms studentbostäder (SSSB) and the housing delegation.

Support for doctoral students

Doctoral students who are not employed are entitled to the same support as all students with disabilities at KI. You also apply in the same manner as other students, namely via

If you are an employed doctoral student, the Human Resources Department as well as the KI Department you are employed by are responsible for arranging and financing personal educational support. The disability-coordinator oversees personal pedagogical support for the student’s research activities (e.g. extra supervision and/or study interpretation) in the same way as for Bachelor’s and Master’s students.

MTM produces course literature for doctoral students with reading impairments in the same way as for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. The university library, KIB, oversees alternative course reading material.

For more information and for any questions, please contact the coordinator at KI. Find the contact information below.

Viktoria Hansson

Coordinator for students with disabilities

Visiting address: Education Support Office, Berzelius väg 3, 5 tr, campus Solna

Schedule an appointment with me via Timecenter (page in Swedish)