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Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Karolinska Institutet

The University

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Their mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education.


Research at Karolinska Institutet

Research at Karolinska Institutet is world renowned and spans the entire medical field, from basic experimental research to patient-oriented and nursing research.
The research fields in which Karolinska Institutet is particularly strong are the following:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Immunology, infection and inflammation
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Public health
  • Care sciences
  • Neuroscience

Karolinska Institutet today accounts for more than 40 per cent of all academic medical research in Sweden. The university receives a large share of the Swedish government´s strategic investments in advanced research, and external funding from the private sector is also on the increase. The economic conditions for successful research at Karolinska Institutet are thus strong and will continue to grow in the coming years.


Since 1901, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Eight Swedes have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and five of them were from Karolinska Institutet:

  • Hugo Theorell 1955 - "for his discoveries concerning the nature and mode of action of oxidation enzymes"


  • Ragnar Granit 1967 - shared prize, "for their discoveries concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye"
  • Ulf von Euler 1970 - shared prize, "for their discoveries concerning the humoral transmittors in the nerve terminals and the mechanism for their storage, release and inactivation"
  • Sune Bergström and Bengt Samuelsson 1982 - "for their discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related biologically active substances"


Study at Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet offers eight Global Master’s Programmes in the health sciences field, with an international focus and taught entirely in English:

  • Bioentrepreneurship
  • Biomedicine
  • Global Health
  • Health Informatics
  • Medical Education
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Toxicology
  • Master's Programme in Molecular Techniques in Life Sciences


There are also freestanding courses taught in English available for international students.

A multitude of programmes and courses in the medicine and life sciences field taught in Swedish are also available. To apply to a study programme or course with Swedish as the language of instruction you need documented proficiency in the Swedish language.

Karolinska Institutet has a number of partner institutions around the world, giving students a wide choice of exchange opportunities for studies and research. We strive for an international atmosphere throughout the university and internationalisation is a high priority. The aim is that students and staff, regardless of nationality, will feel part of a close-knit community that significantly contributes to world health. Studying at Karolinska Institutet will open doors to a global career.

IMPORTANT: Students opting to participate in a research project at Karolinska Institutet in the frame work of the EuroScholars Program, should be aware that the course is a 30 ECTS credit research project course (20 weeks) that consists of 2 parts: Literature Studies, 6 ECTS and Project Work 24 ECTS. The main focus of the course is the research project, and the full study time will be spent in the research group the student has been selected for. The literature studies is the time spent to read up on the field an to follow journal clubs ets. in the research group.

Karolinska Institutet has a limited number of maximum 4 placements available per academic year. Before submitting your application, please contact us by email to check if there are any placements available.


Swedish language courses

All international students staying in Sweden for more than three months will be offered a Swedish course while studying at Karolinska Institutet.

After completion of a course the student is awarded a certificate if they have attended 75% of the lessons. This course does not, however, give university credits.
For questions about university credits, please contact Ms. Malin Ahlen


Practical Information

Information about housing, cost of living, visa & residence permit requirements, health insurance, other facilities offered at the university can be found on the page practical information.


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