Karolinska Institutet organises an introduction week for international students held a week prior to the start of the autumn semester each year.
To give an idea of the cost of living, a feasible monthly budget for a single person might be as follows:
All students, regardless of nationality, are covered by a general student insurance, which covers any personal injury that takes place while the student is on campus property or in transit to or from his/her place of study. It is, however, very important to make sure that you have complete medical coverage in case of illness, emergency, or injury during offcampus leisure activities, for example. Be sure also to check your dental coverage before departure for Sweden. Depending on your policy, dental treatment may be covered by your medical insurance, or you may need to purchase separate dental insurance. Medical treatment is expensive without any form of health insurance.
Students from North America (with a United States or Canadian nationality) need a residence permits for studies in Sweden. Currently, financial proof of at least SEK 7 300/month is required from the Swedish Migration Board and should probably be viewed as a minimum.
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Student ID card
All registered students receive a KI card (“KI-kortet”), which grants access to students’ computer rooms on the campuses. The card gives access to the Karolinska Institutet facilities in and Solna.
All students receive a student ID card which entitles them to a number of different discounts on a national and local level.
Computer Access and E-mail account
Upon registration, students will receive a Karolinska Institutet email account. Students are offered free access to computer facilities on our campuses. A wireless networks is also available on campus..
The Karolinska Institutet University Libraryis the largest medical library in the Nordic region. The library, which houses international medical and scientific journals, books and databases, consists of two service units and a network of computerized services. The service units have different focuses: Biomedicine at the University Library in Solna, and Odontology, Health care and Nursing at the University Library in Huddinge. The University Library has study rooms and areas for individual and group study. Find out more at http://kib.ki.se.
Medicinska bokhandeln is the name of two bookstores owned by the student union Medicinska Föreningen (MF). They are located at Berzelius väg 3 (Solna) and Moas torg under the name Harrys Böcker (Huddinge). Apart from medical books, they also sell many other types of literature, including paper-back fiction in English and French.
Information desksre available at Berzelius väg 3 on Campus Solna and at Alfred Nobels Allé 12 on Campus Huddinge. The international student coordinators also provide guidance for international students. Reach them on +46 8-524 800 00, or by emailing email@example.com.
The Student Health Centre - Studenthälsan
The aim of the Student Health Centre is to promote the physical and mental health of our students and a healthy social student environment.
Sports and Recreational Facilities
As part of the Karolinska Institutet Health Promotion there are several health related facilities for the free use of all employees, researchers and students. These include ergonomic, light and massage rooms at on Campus Solna, and a student gym at Campus Huddinge.
In Sweden, student unions have traditionally played an important role in university life and are often influential forces at the universities. To become a member of one of Karolinska Institutet's student unions and participate in your union's activities, you must be a student at Karolinska Institutet and pay a membership fee.
The student unions offer a broad spectrum of activities. Besides organising parties, cultural events, excursions and more, they are also represented in all decision making bodies at Karolinska Institutet, particularly in the Board of Higher Education, giving students a change to have an impact on their study environment.
The Medical Students' Association (MF) is the largest of the three student associations at Karolinska Institutet. MF was founded in 1877, making it the oldest student union in Stockholm. Today the union has around 7,000 members. This is the union to which most international students belong.
There are many good websites and other sources of information about Stockholm and Sweden:
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