Dear Swedish student interested in studying a Global Programme at Karolinska Institutet

Thank you, we love you, and we think you are on the right track! And that’s not only because it’s our job to convince you to apply (but it is…pretty please apply…with sugar on top).

There is one important thing you should know, though. It takes more to be admitted to our Global Programmes than to our programmes given in Swedish, and you should be prepared for this. Here are three reasons why:


1: You will compete with excellent people from all over the world

We’re aiming at (and fortunately also succeeding in) having a global classroom, so you can learn not only from your teachers, but from wonderful people from all over the world.

This means we are reaching quite a lot of talented and experienced people. For example, our Master’s Programme of Global Health is the most popular programme in Sweden measured by the amount of people applying compared to the amount of places available (looking at the numbers from 2016). Many of our applicants also already have a master’s degree and/or practical experience and are now seeking more education.

All in all, you have to show your best side when applying.


2: The application process is different – and more like applying for a job

As many Swedish students, you might think of applying for university as mainly going to, selecting your programme(s) of choice, hitting the big fat apply-button and hoping your grades are good enough. That’s not how it works here.

Think of this more in terms of applying for a job – providing motivational letter and CV with experience, skills and so on.

Then combine that with the rigorous fact-checking that you as (soon-to-be) scientists are hopefully familiar with. This means everything has to be documented correctly, or it won’t count in the application. You can read a lot more on our website about how to apply.


3: You have to apply earlier (unless you’re applying for the Bachelor of Biomedicine)

The deadline for applications also differs. If you want to start in the autumn of 2017, you need to submit your application latest 16 January 2017 – half a year prior to the start of the semester. Be sure to check the important dates well in advance.


Oh, but the rewards!

Why are we telling you this? Well, because it’s our job. But more importantly, because we want to see you in our global classrooms. We think you have lots of valuable experience to add to the mix. We also honestly believe you will love learning in a global environment, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Talk to students in the Global Programmes. Read our student blogs. Find out what’s best for you.

Thanks for reading and the best of luck. We hope you find what you are looking for.


Illustrations by Rath Panyowat

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