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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: Karolinska Institutet
Stockholm, Sweden
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.4 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Pre-Med
Program Description:
Why EuroScholars KI?

EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe. 

Karolinska Institutet (KI) is a great place for education and research. Students, teachers and researchers from around the world gather at KI because they want to aid human development and health in a spirit of creativity, confidence and job satisfaction. The Institutet changes the world through transfer of knowledge and science. Karolinska Institutet holds a central position in Swedish society and is one of the world's leading medical universities. It conducts education and research throughout the medical field, from cell to society, and have one of the best selections of programmes and courses in the medical field. Educational programmes undergo continuous development through the close link between education and research. Excellence characterises every aspect of the university. Each year, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, which has enormous significance for our strong financial position and visibility, both internationally and nationally. At the same time, KI emphasises qualitative leadership, teamwork, participation, openness, equality and diversity. 


Academic Highlights

The program is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Their mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Research at Karolinska Institutet is world renowned and spans the entire medical field, from basic experimental research to patient-oriented and nursing research. The research fields in which Karolinska Institutet is particularly strong are the following:
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Immunology, infection and inflammation
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Public health
  • Care sciences
  • Neuroscience


Student Life

Students at Karolinska Institutet have always been actively engaged in academic issues, student welfare and in social activities and entertainment. Today, students are very well represented in the decision-making bodies of Karolinska Institutet, particularly the Board of Higher Education. The student unions provide a student hosting programme for exchange students. One of the tasks of the student hosts is to meet visiting students upon arrival and to introduce them to Stockholm and to other students at Karolinska Institutet. Global Friends (GF) is a committee within the student associations at KI, responsible for arranging social activities and providing a student hosting programme for incoming exchange students. Through Global Friends, exchange students are introduced not only to Karolinska Institutet, but also to Stockholm, Swedish culture and traditions. They are also given the opportunity to meet other exchange students. GF also works as a link between exchange students and Swedish students. Activities arranged include visits to different museums, the archipelago and a dinner with Swedish food. 


Living in Stockholm

Stockholm is built across 14 islands in the Baltic Sea and blue Lake Mälaren, with two-thirds of the city comprised of water and green space. The actual urban sectors are some of the most beautiful in Europe and the cleanest in the world. A truly modern metropolis filled with historic architecture and a reputation for tolerance, Stockholm gives its residents an amazingly high quality of living and safety. Stockholm’s skyline may be low-profile, but the city is the power centre of Sweden, from politics to technology to design. Locals take full advantage of the seasons. In winter, when the sun is only an occasional visitor, the town squares are strung with lights and ice skating rinks are full. In summer, locals flock to take a fika (coffee break), along with the ever-important kanelbulle (cinnamon bun), in the cobblestoned Stortorget square in Gamla stan or a hip café on the island of Södermalm. Most of the capital s main attractions can be reached on foot, a healthy chance to explore the beautiful, green scenery and the big city life. The Royal National City Park is the first national urban environment-friendly park protected by law in the world and it was founded in 1995. Another popular outdoor destination is Hagaparken, with magnificent green lawns, mesmerizing woodlands and sublime architecture from the 18th century. Enjoy the one-stop cultural and historical tour of Sweden – Skansen is an open-air living museum and zoo which has over 150 historical original buildings and where you can watch the skilled craftsmen at work and get informed on the Swedish way of life. Life in Stockholm mixes green technology and historical heritage, urban lifestyle and a close connection to Sweden’s natural beauty.