Karolinska Institutet ranks consistently as one of the top 10 medical universities in Europe – and accounts for 40 percent of medical academic research in Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet’s history is long and prestigious, to say the least. And the future is bright. Founded by King Karl XIII in 1810, the university’s primary purpose was to train army surgeons in order to prepare for future wars.
Now that Sweden has been at peace for the past 200 years, Karolinska Institutet is still a world-player in many other regards.
Karolinska Institutet has collaborative agreements with over 150 universities in 30 countries around the world, and its 6,000 full-time students are also encouraged to spend time abroad.
The university offers competitive programmes in health and dental care in Swedish, and bachelor’s and master’s programmes in biomedicine and public health in English.
Just as the university’s programmes and research spans all fields of medicine, the Karolinska Institutet itself spans across Stockholm: It boasts a large campus in Solna, northwest of Stockholm, in the new, developing Hagastaden district, as well as a branch in Huddinge, near Södertörn University and the Swedish Red Cross University College. Karolinska students and interns also collaborate with major local hospitals.
One of the most prestigious occasions at the university each year is the selection of the Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet.