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Karolinska Institute

4.5 out of 5 (33 ratings / 28 reviews) Stockholm, Sweden
As a university, KI is Sweden’s single largest centre of medical academic research and offers the country’s widest range of medical courses and programmes.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Computer Science & IT (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.


There are international career opportunities for graduates, with close links to the public and private sectors throughout the time of study, as well as opportunities for further PhD studies - which are tuition free.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
45 -7
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Housing services

Finding housing in Stockholm as a student can be tricky. Below we have listed some useful tips and links to help you find accommodation in Stockholm.Tuition-fee paying students are guaranteed accommodation through KI Housing for their first year, but must still apply for this on time. For other students, it is vital to start looking for somewhere to live as soon as you can. There is a lack of student accommodation in the Stockholm area, and it may take a whole semester to find a room.

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

The IT Offices follows KI's regulations due to the coronavirus outbreak. To minimize the risk of infection, IT Support uses remote support as much as possible.

If you have to visit us at campus, please follow the staff's instruction. Please don't enter the IT Office's premises without permission.

Medical services

Medical care in Sweden is handled mainly through local primary-care medical centres (vårdcentral) or clinics (husläkarmottagning). There, adults and children can receive treatment for illnesses and non-urgent or non life-threatening medical problems. A primary-care doctor can also refer you to a specialist, if necessary.

Student Life

Campus life

Education and research at Karolinska Institutet is mainly conducted on two campuses: KI Campus Solna and KI Campus Flemingsberg.

Solna and Huddinge are two of Stockholm's neighbouring counties, Solna to the northwest and Huddinge/Flemingsberg to the south. A 10-15 minute walk or train ride is all it takes get into the city from either campus.

In addition to our campus areas, KI also has established cooperation with several hospitals in and around Stockholm city.

Student clubs

In Sweden, student unions play an important role in university life and are often influential forces at the universities. Become a member to take part of all that they have to offer!

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.


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

Eating health food is vital for our health.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Learning at Karolinska institute is super good. I have learned a lot.

My ambition is to be a researcher and leader.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is my pleasure to be a student at Karolinska Institute. I learned a lot and got a chance to have a group discussion with students. Furthermore, I developed both theoretical and practical knowledge in my field of study. Equally important, I built a close relationship with international students at Karolinska. But, I want to integrate myself into western cultures and...

Great professors
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great university even during online studies, professors are great.

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