KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.



KTH is a university with a rich history of pioneering ideas and innovation that dates back to 1827. For nearly 200 years KTH has educated students who have gone on to influence our present and make the technological advances that define modern society. Still today, KTH shapes the talents that will find the solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.


The four KTH campuses in Greater Stockholm, gather more than 12,000 full-time students, some 1,900 PhD students and approximately 3,700 full-time employees. The campuses are strategically located close to their areas of research and study, for example, KTH Kista is situated in the middle of the Kista ICT hub, with some of the world’s leading Information and Communications Technology companies. One of our other campuses, KTH Flemingsberg, is located in one of Northern Europe’s leading medical technology centres for research and industrial activity.


KTH is working with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of the humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, future energy supply, urbanisation and quality of life for the rapidly-growing elderly population. We are addressing these with world leading, high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy. Almost two-thirds of the SEK 4 billion turnover relates to research.

Basic and applied research is performed side-by-side at KTH and interdisciplinary research is conducted in parallel with work in specific fields.


KTH maintains close relationships with an expanding network of international companies and the industrial community in a number of fields and working and studying here provides access to this network.

The latest career report shows that 94 percent of those who graduated from KTH 2010-2012 have been in employment since they finished their degree and a remaining part of the 6 percent have gone on to PhD studies. Of the international student population, 28 percent go on to PhD studies at KTH or other renowned universities. 32 percent of KTH Alumni leave Sweden for work or studies abroad. 13 percent lead others in their work, and 13 percent have already received their first managerial position.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (48)
Computer Science & IT (11)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (11)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Medicine & Health (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

University Ranking

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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

After receiving your letter of acceptance KTH will provide you with all the information and support you need before making the move to Sweden. Practical matters such as residence permit and accommodation can be attended to as soon as your admission is confirmed.

When arriving in Stockholm for your studies, you will take part in an extensive introduction programme provided by KTH and the Student Union. The programme includes the traditional KTH welcome reception in the Stockholm City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize celebrations, as well as guided tours and social activities. The introduction helps you find your way through Swedish society and is a great way to make new friends.

Housing services

Certain student groups are guaranteed housing from KTH Accommodation during their study period. All tuition fee paying students and students holding a tuition fee waiver are guaranteed accommodation for up to 11 months (depending on the length of study programme and contract start). Students admitted to an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme as well as EIT and Science without Borders students are also guaranteed housing, usually for up to 11 months depending on contract start. The accommodation offered through KTH Accommodation is located around Stockholm within commuting distance of all campuses. The rooms are mainly single rooms in corridors but there are also some studio apartments.

Library services

The main library at KTH Campus is Sweden's largest library for technology with a vast selection of books, scientific journals and databases. With its study spaces, group rooms and cafe, the library is a popular meeting place for students. In addition to the main library KTH Kista, KTH Haninge, KTH Södertälje and the School of Architecture all have local libraries.

Medical services

The Student Health Service provides counselling and support in psychological matters related to your studies. The staff is bound by confidentiality and the services are free of charge.

KTH strives to provide equal opportunities to all students and offer students with disabilities the support necessary to enable them to carry out their studies on the same terms as other students.

Student Life

Campus life

KTH is located in the heart of Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden situated on the east cost of the Scandinavian peninsula. With a population of 2.1 million, Stockholm is known for its rich cultural history with museums and palaces and for its closeness to nature, national parks and the archipelago.

KTH is located at four campuses in and around Stockholm. Strategically placed, these campuses promote enhanced cooperation with industry in defined areas of research and education. Each campus is situated near accommodations, restaurants, bars, shopping, entertainment and beautiful green spaces. They also offer quick transportation to other campuses and central Stockholm.

Sports facilities

Although KTH campus is located in central Stockholm it is next to the National City Park – a large green area with great natural and cultural resources and excellent for jogging, walks etc.

On the main campus there is a sports centre which offers a fully equipped gym, aerobics classes, spinning and sports such as basketball, floorball, badminton, etc. Students may buy membership at a reduced price. Near the main campus there is an indoor swimming pool.

Stockholm Student Sports Association offers a wide variety of activities at various locations around the city. Activities include, for example; martial arts, racket and ball sports, dance classes, kayaking, fencing, mountain climbing, swimming and acrobatics.

Student clubs

Most universities and colleges in Sweden have a very strong and active student unions. The student union at KTH is called THS – Tekniska Högskolans Studentkår – and it has three main objectives:

  • To ensure that everyday life as a KTH student is trouble-free and rewarding.
  • To monitor and improve the quality of education at KTH.
  • To be a platform connecting students to business and industry, while offering skill development and professional networking.
THS is one of Sweden’s oldest student unions and has 112 years of experience in working for students’ rights and high quality education at KTH. THS is based in its main building Nymble, and with the big city across the street THS is a hub for student life in Stockholm.