The 7 most common mistakes people make when applying to Global Programmes at KI

If you have decided to apply to a Global Master’s programme here at Karolinska Institutet, you might as well do it right, and we want to help. There are lots of rules and even the best make mistakes – so we put together this guide to help you avoid the most common mistakes.



1. Applying too late

Basically, if you apply after the deadline, your odds of getting accepted are bad since everyone who applied before the deadline are first in line. It’s not guaranteed that we will review your application at all.

How to avoid it?

  1. First of all, get your calendar and add all the key dates now!
  2. Then, start working on your application straight away. Some documents might take a long time to get and submit.
  3. Make a plan. Figure out how long time it will take you to get through all the stuff on our application check-list and put reminders in your calendar.


2. Missing out because of misunderstood priorities

Are you interested in more than one programme? Did you know that if you get admitted to your top priority and decline the offer, you lose your chance of accepting your priority number two? Some applicants try to select strategically by selecting a top priority with a higher chance of admission – but if you do that and get admitted to both your priorities, then you can only choose your top priority or nothing at all.

How to avoid it?

Figure out what you want the most. That’s the hard part. Then rank your selections accordingly, so your oh-my-god-this-is-my-dream-programme is number 1, your almost-dream-programme is number 2 and your could-be-kind-of-cool-but-not-that-cool-but-hey-at-least-there-is-a-good-chance-of-getting-admitted-programme is last.


3. Submitting digital copies when we need hard copies

Depending on where you have studied, different rules will apply to you. Some can upload documents, others have to send them by mail or ask their university to send the document. Getting it wrong means we cannot consider your application at all.

How to avoid it?

Check out which countries have special requirements for submitting documents and follow those requirements.


4. Not proving that you are in your final year of your bachelor’s degree?

Finishing your bachelor’s? You can be admitted on the condition that you complete it. However, just stating in your CV that you are in the final year of your bachelor is not enough. If you don’t deliver proof in a separate document, it’s impossible to be conditionally admitted.

How to fix it?

Provide us with a certification from your current university.


5. Not scanning ORIGINAL documents in COLOUR

Scanning documents to upload them? If you don’t scan the original version AND do it in colour, your documents will not be considered a part of the application. It’s as simple as that. Not even scanning a certified copy is okay.

How to fix it?

  1. Only scan original documents (not even certified copies are okay to scan)
  2. Scan everything in colour. Always.
  3. Follow the uploading instructions.

But how about documents that are only in black and white from the start, you might ask. In that case, you should still scan them in colour, just to be 100% sure.


6. Not documenting your English proficiency because you think your studies prove your skills

Even if the instructional language of your bachelor’s degree was English, you might still have to provide us with an official certificate of your English proficiency. Documenting your English proficiency is a definite must for everyone.

How to fix it?

Don’t just assume that your English skills are documented. Check out the ways you can document your English proficiency and make sure you have done it on way or another.


7. Not submitting proof of your work and research experience

Submitting your CV works differently. Make sure to use our CV form – there is a specific one for each programme. It is not enough to simply write in your CV where you have worked (and/or done research). You will only get points for experience that we have documented proof of.

How to fix it?

Read the instruction in the CV form thoroughly, and provide us with letters accordingly. For example, documents should have the official letterhead of the organisation and name, position and signature of the person confirming your experience.



That’s all for now. We hope you found this blog useful.

The kindest regards and the best of luck
The International Admissions Team at Karolinska Intitutet

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