Karolinska Institute


Karolinska Institute (KI) or Caroline Institute is a Swedish medical university primarily known for quality research. Established in 1810, it is the third oldest medical University after Upsala and Lund University. It was first built on an island west of Stockholm and later relocated and brought closer to the city. The Karolinska Institute consistently ranks among the top medical universities in the world.

KI has a total of 22 departments. Swedish is the primary language at the University, but PhD programs are offered in English. As a research and teaching hospital, the Karolinska University Hospital is connected to the University and is situated in Solna and Huddinge.

This institute also holds the distinction of producing five Nobel Prize winners. These include:

  • Ragnar Granit 

  • David H. Hubel 

  • Torsten Wiesel 

  • Hugo Theorel

  • Bengt Samuelsson

  • Sune Bergström 

  • Ulf von Euler


The University has been a welcoming host for more than 8,021 national and international students. The doctoral students are 2,039. There are 2,176 international students, one-fifth of the institute's total students. It has a reputation for being selective regarding admission, so getting into the University might not be a piece of cake. 

All other students are required to pay tuition, except for residents of Switzerland and those of the European Union and European Economic Area. Master's candidates at Karolinska Institute may be eligible for the Swedish Institute's Scholarship, which covers all tuition and includes a monthly living allowance. To be eligible, you must be an international student from a non-EU/EEA country. Also, learn about the eligibility, required documents and related information about the Student Visa of Sweden


Finding a proper residence in Stockholm can be tricky, and you may waste the whole semester trying to find a room. Karolinska Institute provides housing facilities within the city. The institute offers a place for tuition fees paying students for the first year. But after that, they should also look for an apartment or a flat.


The University stands in the top 100 universities worldwide in medicine and life sciences by various ranking tables. Their global rankings are as follows.

  • Rank #45 by ARWU World

  • Rank #5 by RUR World

  • Rank from 61 to 70 by THE Reputation 

  • Rank #36 by THE World

  • Rank #39 by CWUR World

  • Rank # 48 by USNWR Global


Global rankings in Life Sciences and Medicine

  • Rank #10 by QS Dentistry 

  • Rank #24 by THE Life Sciences

  • Rank #16 by ARWU Life sciences

  • Rank #10 by THE Clinical and Health

  • Rank #30 by ARWU Clinical medicine and pharmacy

  • Rank #8 by QS Life Sciences & Medicine

  • Rank #32 by THE Psychology


Karolinska Institute
Solnavägen 1, 171 77 Solna, Sweden

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