Karolinska Institute 2021-2022 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines & Application Process

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    Karolinska Institute offers various bachelor's, Master and doctoral programs in the medical field. Presently, there are 1 UG and 9 PG programs available. Freestanding, advanced, and doctoral degrees are also available at the university. At Karolinska Institute, applicants are chosen based on an overall evaluation of their credentials, including previous schooling, work or study experience, and a statement of intent.


    Application Portal
    Application Fee 900 SEK
    Application Deadline January 15, 2021
    Average IELTS Score 6.5
    Average TOEFL Score 575
    Academic Calendar Semester based
    Intake Session Autumn/spring
    Mode of Payment Credit card/bank transfer/bank Giro
    Work Experience Not required
    Financial Aid Scholarships and grants

    Karolinska Institute Admission Deadlines

    Intakes at Karolinska Institute take place in Autumn and Spring sessions. The deadlines for the international students are mentioned in table below:

    Intake Session Application Commencement Application Deadline
    Autumn Session October 16, 2020 January 15, 2021 (closed)
    Spring Session January 15, 2021 June 5, 2021

    Karolinska Institute International Admissions 

    The institute accepts international applicants as long as they meet the admission deadlines and submit all required documents on time. The domestic and international requirements are the same, but some additional requirements are country-specific, so students must examine them before applying.

    Following documents are required for admission:

    • Standard X, XII, and bachelor's degree mark sheets
    • Standardised tests to study in Sweden
    • Two letters of recommendation (LOR)
    • Letter/Statement of Intent
    • Evidence of funds
    • Health insurance
    • Passport copy

    English Proficiency Requirements 

    Exam Minimum Score Requirement
    IELTS Total score of 6.5;
    5.5 in each component
    TOEFL(pbt) Total score of 575;
    4.5(scale 1-6) in written test
    TOEFL(ibt) Total score of 90
    Score of 20(scale 0-30)in written test
    PTE Score of 62; 61 in writing
    CAE 180

    Sweden Visa Application Process

    Students from countries other than the EU/EEA wishing to stay in Sweden for more than three months must apply for a Swedish student visa. It is recommended that you apply as soon as you receive notification of your admission.

    Students applying for a visa must have the following documents:

    • An existing valid passport
    • University letter of acceptance/offer
    • Health insurance policies
    • Bank statements (containing details of balance, name of the account holder, and currency)

    At the current exchange rate, the visa fee for a residence permit for study purposes in Sweden is SEK 1,500.

    Karolinska Institute Undergraduate Admissions 

    At the UG level, the institution is offering only one program- Bachelor Program in Biomedicine. The admission process for the program is mentioned below:

    Application Portal: Online Application
    Application Fees: 900 SEK
    Application Requirements:

    • Transcripts and official high school diploma
    • Courses similar to upper secondary school courses
      • Mathematics 4
      • Biology 2
    • Chemistry 2
    • English language proficiency
      • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; no section below 5.5
      • TOEFL (PBT): Overall score of 575
      • MELAB: Overall score of 90

    Karolinska Institute Graduate Admissions 

    Karolinska is offering 9 master’s programs and 1 Joint master program. The admission process and guidelines remain the same for the majority of the PG-level programs. Applications for the master’s programs are submitted via the institute's official website.

    Requirements Master of Science in Health Informatics Master of Science in Bio-entrepreneurship Master of Science in Biomedicine Master of Science in Global Health Master of Science in Toxicology
    Application Fee 900 SEK 900 SEK 900 SEK 900 SEK 900 SEK
    Application Deadline January 15 January 15 January 15 January 15 January 15
    Academic Qualification UG degree with over 60% UG degree with over 60% UG degree with over 60% UG degree with over 60% UG degree with over 60%
    IELTS | TOEFL-iBT 6.5 | 90 6.5 | 90 6.5 | 90 6.5 | 90 6.5 | 90
    Tuition Fees (in EUR) 8000 8900 9700 8900 9700

    By the deadline for supporting documents on February 2, 2021, all documents must have arrived at University Admissions. On all documents, the applicant's name must match, such as ID, transcripts, degree certificate, etc. Institute admissions are entirely based on merit. Each application is evaluated analytically based on the previous academic documents and the English language results of the applicants.


    Ques. What criteria do you use to choose applicants for the Karolinska Institute program?

    Ans. Even if you fulfill all of the prerequisites, acceptance is not guaranteed. When the number of applicants exceeds the number of available positions (usually the case), a selection will be made from among the qualified applicants. Your credentials, such as previous education, relevant job and study experience, and a declaration of purpose, are all taken into account in making this decision.

    Ques. Do I need to send a CV form for each Master's program I apply to at KI?

    Ans. Yes, you must submit a CV form for each program to which you have applied. Please do not submit several copies of your certifying documents, however. Notice that KTH Royal Institute of Technology is in charge of admissions to the joint Master's program in Molecular Techniques in Life Science. Please have a look at the requirements of the Master's program in Molecular Techniques in Life Science.

    Ques. How do I decline my Karolinska admissions offer?

    Ans. More information about how to refuse an admissions offer can be found at

    Ques. How likely am I to be accepted from the waiting list at Karolinska Institute ?

    Ans. Unfortunately, predicting if an applicant will be admitted from the reserve list is problematic because it is dependent on how many admitted students decline their offers. Karolinska Institutet does not immediately offer a waitlisted applicant if an accepted student declines their admissions bid. Just a few applicants on the reserve list are usually offered a position.

    Ques. Is there a tuition charge at Karolinska Institute?

    Ans. Applicants from the EU/EEA and Switzerland are eligible for free higher education. Applicants from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, however, must pay application and tuition fees.

    Ques. Is it possible for me to send my credentials via email to Karolinska?

    Ans. No, emailed credentials will not be accepted.

    Ques. May I appeal if my Karolinska application was denied?

    Ans. If you think the assessment was wrong and you were refused admission because you did not meet the general and/or particular criteria, you can appeal the decision. It is not necessary to appeal on any other grounds. After you have received notice of your election results, you can file an appeal. More information on how to appeal can be found at

    Ques. What are the chances of getting into Karolinska Institute?

    Ans. With a 3 percent acceptance rate, this school offers Selective Admissions. Provided that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements, there is a 100% chance of admission.


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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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