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Interested in studying medicine at one of the leading medical universities in the world? Then Karolinska Institute is where you should head towards!
Karolinska Institute is nicely located in Solna (and another campus in Huddinge) just outside Stockholm city center. Admission to the medical program is held twice a year, with 150-200 students admitted each semester.
From September 2021, the medical education in Sweden is changing to a 6-year program, and a practice license will be received upon graduation. Previously the program has been 5,5 years plus 1,5-2 years internship in order to receive a license. The work of implementing the new curriculum is currently being conducted and will be announced later this spring. However, students are exposed to clinical work and to patients early in the education, already in the pre-clinical years. Later in the clinical years, students will be placed at one of the four major hospitals in Stockholm for internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics etc. The current curriculum also includes a master thesis.
The medical program is exclusively taught in Swedish, so you need to have a sufficient level of Swedish (approximately C1) in order to apply, so that you are be able communicate with patients and colleagues, as well as keeping up with your theoretical studies.
If you are a citizen of an EU/ESS country, you are exempted from tuitions fees. In other cases, the current (5,5 year program) tuition fee is roughly €142000 in total. Living costs in Stockholm are pretty equal to other larger European capitals. Karolinska Institute offers housing the first year of studies for all international students.
There are three different ways to get accepted to the medical program at Karolinska Institute – grades, SweSAT (Högskoleprovet) or PIL (IQ test and interviews). To clarify, you do not have to succeed in all of these three, so if you have top grades in natural science subjects in your home country, and are willing to study Swedish you should definitely consider applying!
-by Julie Ahlqvist, current medical student at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden