Karolinska Institute Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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    Established in 1810, Karolinska Institute (KI) forms the largest institute for medical studies and research in Sweden. The Noble Assembly at KI holds the glorious Nobel Prize in the field of Physiology and Medicines. Its faculty consists of 50 professors of different medical disciplines at the university.

    The institute is presently offering 11 UG and PG level courses through its two stockholm campuses- Sonla and Flemingsberg. Admissions at KI take place in Autumn and Spring seasons, within the specified deadlines. In terms of cost, the institute is moderately expensive but KI offers scholarships to cover the expenses. Check: KI Scholarships for International Students.

    Karolinska Institute Rankings 

    • ARWU 2020 rankings place KI at #45 in the world and #8 in Europe
    • For subjects like Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, KI ranks amongst the top 6 schools in Europe (ARWU 2020).
    • For Biological Sciences, Karolinska Institute ranks at #16 in the world and #3 in Europe (ARWU 2020).
    • As per QS Rankings 2021, KI subjects like Life Sciences and Medicine rank #8 in the world and #3 in Europe.


    Campus type Public
    Establishment 1810
    Endowment 576,1 million EUR
    Budget 6.67 billion SEK
    Rector Ole Petter Ottersen
    Faculty 4,820
    Students 5,973
    Location Solna and Flemingsberg, Stockholm, Sweden
    Campuses Solna (main) and Flemingsberg

    Karolinska Institute Campus and Accommodation

    There are two campuses at the Karolinska University, one at Solna and the other in Flemingsberg. Both campuses are in the two neighbouring counties of Stockholms. Solna lies in the north –west and Flemingsberg in the north.

    A 10 to 15 minute ride is the estimated travel time between the two campuses and the city. The institute has its own shuttle bus services between the Solna and Flemingsberg campuses- all free for students.

    Accommodation: Self-funding and tuition fee paying students are offered accommodation at Karolinska Institute but for just one year.

    Karolinska Institute Programs

    The institute is presently offering one UG and 9 PG degree courses to all incoming students. The details of the courses are mentioned below:

    Program Name Fees per annum
    Bachelor’s in Biomedicine 540,000 SEK
    Joint Master’s in Health Informatics 330,000 SEK
    Master’s in Bio entrepreneurship 360,000 SEK
    Master’s in Biomedicine 400,000 SEK
    Master’s in Global Health 180,000 SEK
    Master’s in Health Economics, Policy and Management 360,000 SEK
    Master’s in Molecular techniques in Life Science 400,000 SEK
    Master’s in Nutrition Science 200,000 SEK
    Master’s in Public Health Sciences 360,000 SEK
    Master’s in Toxicology 400,000 SEK

    Karolinska Institute Application Process

    International student admissions are conducted for both intakes: Autumn and Spring. The application process and requirements for admission at Karolinska Institute are:

    Application Portal: Central Swedish Application Portal

    Application Fee: 900 SEK

    Admission Deadlines:

    • Autumn Intake: January 15, 2021
    • Spring Intake: June 5, 2021

    Admission Requirements:

    Karolinska Institute Cost of Attendance

    While the tuition fees at Karolinska are fixed, the living expenses vary. The annual cost of living in Sweden for an international student is estimated to be 70,800 SEK. The details of the total cost of attendance for international students commencing studies in 2021 are tabulated below:

    Category Annual Cost (in SEK)
    UG Tuition 540,000
    PG Tuition 200,000- 400,000
    Accommodation 50,400- 65,000
    Food & Entertainment 25,000-27,000
    Transportation 6,000
    Miscellaneous 5,000-9,000

    Karolinska Institute Scholarships 

    While the institute does not have any scholarships soley, there are many European and Swedish organizations who provide scholarships and grants. Some of the scholarships are offered to cover living expenses but 90% are awarded as tuition fee waivers.

    The two popular Karolinska scholarships for international students are:

    The Karolinska Instituent Global Master’s Scholarship

    • Benefits: Part-tuition fee waiver. Other expenses such as living in Sweden, food and meals are not covered.
    • Eligibility:
      • Enrolling in Global Master’s Program at KI in 2021
      • Satisfied the entry requirements and supporting document requirements
      • Submitted the application fee of 900 SEK
      • International tuition fee paying student
    • Applications: Online applications must be submitted before February 1, 2021 (closed).

    KI-DIS Fellowship

    • Benefits: Tuition fees for 2 semesters. Other expenses are not covered
    • Eligibility:
      • Enrolling in Global Master’s Program at KI in 2021
      • Satisfied the entry requirements and supporting document requirements
      • Submitted the application fee of 900 SEK
      • Studied with DIS in Stockholm or copenhagen
      • International tuition fee paying student
    • Applications: Online applications must be submitted before January 15, 2021 (closed).

    Apart from the KI scholarships, international students are privy to Swedish Institute Scholarship:

    • Benefits: Cover tuition fees and living expenses worth 10,000 SEK per month.
    • Eligibility: Open to all domestic and international students commencing Masters program in Swedish institutes
    • Application: Online applications must be submitted before February 20, 2021.

    Karolinska Institute Alumni Network

    Some of the popular KI Alumni include:

    • Eleni Aklillu: Ethopian Research Scientist
    • Yasmin Hurd: Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and the Director of the Addiction Institute.
    • Staffan Hallerstam: Swedish Actor and Physician
    • Vidita Vaidya: Neuroscientist and Professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
    • Katia Elliot: Swedish Journalist

    Though Karolinska Institute offers a limited number of programs, it is the best in its academic subject. Students from more than 100 countries apply and compete for the limited seats in the KI programs.


    Ques.Is Karolinska Institute Reputed?

    Ans. KI is a well reputed university and is a nobel prize laureate in the field of Biomedicine of physiology.

    Ques. Does the Karolinska Institute uses English as a mode of explanation?

    Ans. Yes, the KI uses English as the method of instruction for all Global Master’s Courses.

    Ques. Is it difficult to enter Karolinska Institute?

    Ans. If the applicant has all the requirements (which are truly genuine and talent based) prescribed by the institute he/she can easily get into the institution.

    Ques. Is Karolinska Institute free?

    Ans. No, Karolinska Institute is not free. You have to invest around 500,000 SEK to complete your studies here.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.S Bioentrepreneurship
    fall (15th Jan 2019)
    $19,806 /Yr
    M.S Toxicology
    fall (15th Jan 2019)
    $22,006 /Yr
    B.Sc Biomedicine
    fall (15th Jan 2019)
    $19,806 /Yr
    USD 19,806/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2019
    USD 19,806/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2019
    USD 22,006/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2019
    USD 22,006/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2019
    USD 18,154/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2019


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    I always wanted to pursue my bachelors from Karolinska Institute so, right after completing my upper secondary school with good marks I applied to the university. Then I was selected to study the biomedical course at the university of my choice. I did not pay any fee for the application form.

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    As I am a domestic student and a resident of Sweden as well, I do not need to pay anything towards my tuition and application fee. I came to know from my Bangladeshi friend that the amount he pays is around SEK 90,000 (per installment).

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $19,806 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $22,006 / Year
    Solnavägen 1, 171 77 Solna

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    Bus Station

    Karolinska institutet Biomedicum0.19 km
    Tomteboda postterminal0.49 km
    Torsplan0.73 km
    Solna kyrka0.86 km
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    Super Market

    Willys Hemma0.54 km
    ICA Maxi Supermarket1.43 km
    Latinamerikanska Livsmedel2.73 km
    ICA Sergels Torg2.85 km
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    Train Station

    Stockholm Odenplan station1.59 km
    Solna station2.04 km
    Universitetet station2.43 km
    Stockholm East Station2.69 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Solna centrum1.85 km
    Zeel International Store2.10 km
    Nordic Chinese Times2.37 km
    Mall of Scandinavia2.56 km
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    Helikopterplattor0.53 km
    Blodski Dom2.86 km
    Bromma Stockholm Airport4.65 km
    Helikopterplatter4.74 km
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    First Hotel Norrtull0.93 km
    Hotell August Strindberg1.99 km
    Clarion Hotel Amaranten2.22 km
    Central Hotel Stockholm2.55 km
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    Book Store

    Aderton Antikvariat1.70 km
    La Reina GIFTS1.95 km
    Antikvariat August2.15 km
    Akademibokhandeln2.59 km
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