Karolinska Institutet

World Rankings

  • THE World University Ranking (2018–19) 40

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • There is no official limitation on the number of hours international students may work whilst studying in Sweden.

Disability support

  • The Office for Students with Disabilities coordinates practical and financial support measures for students with disabilities.
  • The Student Health Centre offers medical and psychological advice and support, as well as informative health-related workshops throughout the year.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union arranges social activities including team sports, choir and theatre groups.
  • It represents students in matters such as educational development, international collaboration and social matters.
  • There are two Student Unions at the university: the Medical Students’ Union and the Dental Students’ Union.


  • Karolinska Institutet is a leading medical school and the only university in Sweden to specialise in medicine.
  • It was founded in 1810 by King Karl XIII as an academy for the training of skilled army surgeons.
  • In 1901, Alfred Nobel appointed the university to select the Nobel laureates in Physiology and Medicine.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Jan-Åke Gustafsson – Swedish scientist and professor in Biology, Biochemistry and Medical Nutrition.
  • Bengt Westerberg – politician.
  • Torsten Wiesel – neurophysiologist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981.
  • Tomas Hökfelt – physician and former professor in histology.
  • Klas Kärre – professor of molecular immunology.
  • Hamisi Kigwangalla – Tanzanian CCM politician and Member of Parliament for Nzega constituency.
  • Rebecka Liljeberg – actress.
  • Lars Leksell – physician and professor of neurosurgery; inventor of radiosurgery.
  • Ulf von Euler – physiologist and pharmacologist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1970.
  • Henrik Sjögren – ophthalmologist.
  • Sune Bergström – biochemist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1982.
  • Sven Ivar Seldinger – radiologist.
  • Hugo Theorell – Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1955.
  • Tomas Lindahl – scientist specialising in cancer research.
  • Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson – former president of Karolinska Institutet.


Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden