Courses for exchange students
Exchange students benefit from the fact that KTH offers a very large number of courses taught in English. On master's level, the main language of instruction is English. Nevertheless, Swedish language courses are offered - and recommended - to get an introduction to Swedish society and culture.
Exchange students can choose courses provided that they meet the prerequisites for each course. However, you should aim to take the majority of your courses within one specific school (the one that you have applied to). Exchange students within the Architecture programme must take all their courses within the School of Architecture.
Courses at KTH consist of lectures, seminars, laboratory work and individual studies. Hands-on experience is regarded as an important element of learning and therefore laboratory sessions may constitute an essential part of the courses.
The selection of courses, listed in a Learning Agreement, must always be approved by the International coordinator at KTH as well as the home university. More information on how to choose courses will be given by the international coordinator after you have been accepted to KTH.
Language of instruction
The main language of instruction on Bachelor's level (year 1-3) is Swedish. The main language of instruction on Master's level (year 4-5) is English. As a result, KTH offers more than 1000 courses in English, which are available for exchange students.
If you have some knowledge in Swedish and choose to follow a course given in Swedish, it should be noted that normally a considerable proportion of the course literature is in English and the teaching staff of all courses can be expected to have a good command of English.
Swedish language courses
Exchange students are strongly advised to learn Swedish, since it opens up a larger selection of courses. The Swedish language courses also give an introduction to Swedish culture, and by acquainting yourself with the language and culture of Sweden you will easier get to know Swedish society and Swedish people.
The Unit for language and communication at KTH offers exchange students Swedish language courses free of charge. An Intensive Swedish language course, on the elementary level, starts in early August and part-time courses run during the terms.
The Swedish courses are divided into four levels, from elementary to advanced Swedish. Students with previous knowledge in Swedish should do a web-based placement test to confirm their level. It is an interactive test which gives the students an immediate result.
Course descriptions are found in the online database "Course and programme directory". All course descriptions are translated into English and include information on the number of credits, language of instruction, prerequisites, grading, number of lectures, etc. You can for instance search for courses by department, course name or code.
Below you can also find links to the courses taught in English at the respective schools (now updated for 2013-14!). It is important that exchange students register for their courses at the international coordinator's office. A preliminary selection of courses is made before arrival.
Courses taught in English
KTH offers a large number of courses in English on advanced/master's level. Please find below lists of courses taught in English at each school, from the Course and programme directory. Updated content for academic year 2013-14!
Credits and grades
KTH uses a credit system compatible with the ECTS credits, where one week of full time study (40 hours including lectures, individual studies, etc.) is equivalent to 1,5 credit (1,5 ECTS). One academic year equals 60 ECTS, i.e. 30 ECTS per term. It is strongly advised that students make a study plan that conforms to this, KTH cannot guarantee student's attendance to courses exceeding this 30 credits limit.
The grading scale ranges from A (excellent) to F/FX (fail).
A distinction is made between the grades FX and F that are used for unsuccessful students. FX means: “fail- some more work required to pass” and F means: “fail – considerable further work required”.
If you need more information about the credit system, please contact KTH.
Courses include written and/or oral examinations. Exercises and laboratory work may also form part of an examination. Most courses require that you sign up for the examination.
Examinations are taken at the end of each study period. If you fail at this time, there will be a second chance at the end of the term, in January or August.
Cheating on exams is strictly forbidden at Swedish universities. Any student, whether Swedish or international, who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities, will be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. Note that cheating is not socially accepted among Swedish students.