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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) justoutside 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 been5,5 years plus 1,5-2 years internship in order to receive a license. The work ofimplementing the new curriculum is currently being conducted and will be announced laterthis spring. However, students are exposed to clinical work and to patients early in theeducation, already in the pre-clinical years. Later in the clinical years, students willbe placed at one of the four major hospitals in Stockholm for internal medicine,surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics etc. The current curriculum also includes a masterthesis.
The medical program is exclusively taught in Swedish, so you need to have a sufficientlevel of Swedish (approximately C1) in order to apply, so that you are be ablecommunicate with patients and colleagues, as well as keeping up with your theoreticalstudies.
If you are a citizen of an EU/ESS country, you are exempted from tuitions fees. In othercases, the current (5,5 year program) tuition fee is roughly €142000 in total. Livingcosts 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). Toclarify, you do not have to succeed in all of these three, so if you have top gradesin natural science subjects in your home country, and are willing to study Swedishyou should definitely consider applying!
-by Julie, studying medicine in Europe at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden