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University of Karlstad

Karlstad University is one of the newer universities in Sweden. As a young and modern university one of our main objectives is to focus on co-operation with organisations and individuals working in business and the public services, as well as maintaining a high standard of higher education and research.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



  • 1843 Teacher education
  • 1907 Nursing Education
  • 1967 University Branch
  • 1974 Common building for the branch and teacher training
  • 1977 University college
  • 1987 The Karlstad model
  • 1989 The development program " University of Karlstad "
  • 1993 Master's degree in 13 subjects
  • 1995 Own professors
  • 1997 Solid research resources
  • 1998 Healt college are integrated in the university college
  • 1999 Karlstad University is formed


High quality teaching, flexible forms of study, professional contacts and satisfied students are factors placing Karlstad University among the top six universities in Sweden in terms of first choice applicants. The students are engaged and involved in the follow-up and improvement of courses and programmes.


At Karlstad University we conduct research both in traditional academic disciplines and in multidisciplinary research environments and research groups. Listed below are some of our major research centers.

  • Centre for Climate and Safety, CCS
  • Centre for Gender Studies, CGF
  • Centre for HumanIT
  • Centre for public safety
  • Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Centre for Research on Regional Development, Cerut
  • Communication: Media and Information Technolog, CMIT
  • Computer Science
  • European Collaborative Innovation Centres, E-CLIC
  • Forum for forest industry renewal - process and product innovation
  • Geomedia
  • Materials Science
  • Paper Surface Centre

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University Ranking

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Student services

The University Administration and Central Services is headed by the University Director and comprises:

  • Executive Office
  • Human Resources Office
  • Financial Office
  • Student services Centre
  • Communications and External Relations
  • IT Department
  • Janitorial Services
  • Cleaning Services
  • Printing Office
  • University Library

Housing services

Karlstad University has a collaboration with a dwelling company called KBAB.

This company can provide living quarters near the university to our foreign students.

Library services

There are approximately 30 study rooms in the Library. Most of them have to be reserved, but there are also some drop-in rooms.


Study rooms are available in various sizes and have different equipment - some with computer, some with TV, VCR and DVD.


The study cells on floor 1 are intended for individual studies and not for teamwork. The floor is a silent area.


There are also drop in-rooms which you and your group can use if they are available. The drop in-rooms are not bookable.

Medical services

It is essential that you have taken out an insurance if you intend to stay in Sweden less than a year. The Swedish authorities require you to provide evidence of insurance when applying for a residence permit..

If you are a European student you must bring your European Health Insurance Card, or E128 form, that is issued on request in your home country. You are then entitled to use the public medical services on the same conditions as Swedish citizens for emergency medical care.

Student Life

Campus life

Karlstad University is situated in an area just outside the city centre. It can easily be reached by bicycle, bus, train or car.

Student clubs

Karlstad Student Union is the hub of student life and the united student voice. Join the student union for a better student life!

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Nice facilities and town.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very friendly students and staff of the university. The teachers made an effort to help us understand the subject they were teaching. Very nice dorms (even if quite expensive). Nice city and beautiful nature. Save a lot of money. There's so much to explore in Scandinavia and unfortunately it isn't cheap.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

No, I would do everything the same way.