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Karolinska Institutet

4.4 out of 5 (27 ratings / 23 reviews) Stockholm, Sweden
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences.

Bachelor's programmes

Medicine & Health (1)



Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s foremost medical universities. Their vision is to make a significant contribution to the improvement of human health; our mission is to conduct research and education and to interact with the community.Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.


Passion and excellence are beacons that have guided work at Karolinska Institutet ever since Karl XIII founded the University in 1810. Thousands of persons have been educated here since then and a number of discoveries have been made at Karolinska Institutet that have changed the world. Five of the eight Swedes who have been awarded a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to date come from Karolinska Institutet.


Karolinska Institutet is at the forefront of cancer research in the world. The primary goal of the research conducted at KI is to make sure that as few people as possible suffer or die from cancer. Its research encompasses all areas, from the examination of molecules to the study of large demographic groups.

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy can cure cancer by causing damage to the tumour cells' DNA. However, different cancer cells have different abilities to withstand the treatment. By studying the reasons for this, researchers hope to reduce the risk of therapeutic resistance and to find medicines that counteract it.


Karolinska Institutet has about 4,700 employees, 2,000 active graduate students and 5,800 students (full-time equivalent) on first- and second cycles courses and study programmes. The university also houses a large number of guest researchers and international scholars. Karolinska Institutet is searching for the best leaders and co-workers within research as well as education and administration.

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University Ranking

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Student services

If you are thinking of studying at KI, don't hesitate to contact the central study and advice service to help get your thoughts and interests in order. The general study advice service covers studies at Karolinska Institutet, and information on the Swedish study system in general.

Housing services

  • Karolinska Institutet Housing AB
  • SSCO
The unions in the Stockholm Federation of Student Unions (SSCO) maintain an online list of different student accommodation companies.
  • Housing Anywhere
Housing Anywhere is a student-to-student housing platform. The idea is that when you go for an exchange period abroad, you rent out your accommodation to an incoming exchange student.
  • Other rented accommodation
Stockholm operates a municipal accommodation agency that you can sign up with.
  • Buying your flat
There is an enormous range of housing cooperative flats in Stockholm, meaning that you "buy" the right to live in an apartment in that particular building
  • CasaSwap - international housing network

Library services

Karolinska Institutet University Library (KIB) is the largest medical library in Sweden.Through the library you have access to scientific information, different tools, and library expertise, both in the physical libraries in Huddinge and Solna, and through the virtual library.

ICT services

  • KI-log in and password
  • E-mail
  • Telephony
  • Wireless surfing
Connect via or Eduroam, Wireless guest network for visitors at KI campus.
  • Work remotely
VPN, E-meetings, Conference calls.
  • Order computer and software
Here you find information about how to order computers and software.
  • Store and share files

Medical services

If you get ill and need medical care in Stockholm you should contact your local health centre, vårdcentralen. All municipalities have their own health centres where you can get primary health care that includes consultations with general practitioners. You will have to pay for the consultation, the fee depends on your citizenship/residence status.

Student Life

Campus life

Education and research at Karolinska Institutet is mainly conducted on two campuses: KI Campus Solna and KI Campus Huddinge.Solna and Huddinge are two of Stockholm's neighbouring counties, Solna to the northwest and Huddinge to the south. A 10-15 minute walk or train ride is all it takes get into the city from either campus.

Sports facilities

As a student at KI you have free access to the campus gym in Huddinge and to the classes arranged by the KI Health Promotion unit. You may join the activities at Stockholm student sports club (SSIF) and get a student discount at Friskis & Svettis gym near Campus Solna.

  • Health Promotion gym Huddinge
  • Play tennis
  • Massage
  • Meditation and prayer spaces

Student clubs

The student unions offer various social activities such as team sports, choir, theatre groups, orchestra, café, pubs, language cafés and more. Through the unions, students at Karolinska Institutet are also actively engaged in academic issues and student welfare. Students are very well represented in the decision-making bodies of Karolinska Institutet, particularly the Board of Higher Education.

  • Medical Students' Union (MF)
  • Dental Students' Association (OF)


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awards The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The final decision this year will be made on October 6, 2014.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 is awarded to jointly to: James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

There are moments where I can hardly contain my enthusiasm and I hit the books immediately, diving deeper, learning more and widening my horizon. And then, there are the hard days--the difficult classes, when I wish for a break; wish my brain smarter and just a little faster; when compliments aren't as easy to accept and I feel my goal just became a mountain. But when...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's a good university.................................

Absolutely recommend going here!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Small class with loads of international people. All teachers were not only researchers but also active in the field which made studying a lot more interesting. It was quite intense since we were in class 5days a week for the first few months which is very different from the Dutch system. It was actually great because we didn't need much more studying at home (unless for...

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