See you at Stockholm: STAF Student Arrival Day 2018

Tomorrow, the 14th of January, is the official arrival day of incoming students for 2018 Spring semester. On this day, thousands of students from all corners of the world are going to arrive at Arlanda Airport, to start their study in one of the 18 higher education institutes in Stockholm. It is my honor to be a part of the student arrival team, organised by Stockholm Academic Forum, and be your guide on shuttle bus as well as at Terminal 5 🙂


We pick up students arriving from Terminal 2/5 and guide their to the shuttle bus station. We have a information desk at Terminal 5 for inquiries:

Photo: Stockholm University on Twitter


From 9 AM to 9 PM, shuttle buses depart from Arlanda to the city.  In the morning hours, buses stop at the city centre (T-Centralen); while in the afternoon they stop at both Stockholm University and T-Centralen.

Frequency: one bus per hour

Seats on each bus: 50

Reminder: if you have a rental contract with KTH Accommodation, do pick up the key on another day: the office is NOT opened on 14th January!


You must be curious about what are inside the goodie bags that will be distributed to every incoming students. There are:

  • A PREPAID SIM card
  • A comprehensive guide book and transportation map of Stockholm
  • A bottle of water: so, you don’t have to buy any water at the airport 🙂
  • A reflex

I would like to add a few sentences about the reflex: born and raised in a  low-latitude region, I never wear a reflex before and therefore didn’t recognised and later discarded it T_T You will find it extremely useful to be carried with you, when you walk at winter night (the local definition of winter night is : after 3.30 PM)


This year, we distribute a physical shuttle bus ticket at Terminal 5. Keep it with you as a certificate to get on the bus on time.


As you are not entitled to student discount in Stockholm’s public transport before you are officially registered as students, you need a regular SL card. One-time, day, week, or month access of metro, trains, buses and trams are available.

A SL Card

Visit–tickets/ for the price list of tickets. For details, visit the SL centre at your any nearest metro station.

Reminder: tickets CANNOT be purchased on bus.


I was among the 1200 incoming students in August 2016. Although I arrived at the peak hour of the day, the journey of Terminal-airport-my accommodation was generally smooth and relaxing. Now, it is the time to give it back 😉

The 2017 Arrival Team

I will be in charge in the afternoon, so don’t forget to say hi, if you see me at Arlanda 😀


Biomedicine Book Club X Nobel Museum

There are so many extra-curricular activities that a student can do here: I have classmates who volunteered at THS Armada, who acted as marketing manager at Nobel Night Cap……I want to share with you a project that I participated last semester —— the Biomedicine Book Club at Karolinska Institute.

Project Wisdom

“Project Wisdom” is the official name of the Biomedicine Book Club which involves students from 1 bachelor and 5 global master programmes at Karolinska. Initiated a few years ago, the book club emphasises the concept of both building wisdom and having fun through reading. In each semester, several books were selected by book club leaders and distributed to all participants. Discussion and related actives organised by students will centre around these books.

Below are examples of books chosen in recent  years:

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Who studies at MTLS? | Statistics of the admitted students

Recently, I received a lot of questions. Many of them look like these: “I study XXX, I want to know if I am eligible to be considered by MTLS? ” or “Are there any current MTLS students who come from YYY, just like me?” In this blog, you are going to find out more about the admitted MTLS students, regarding their demographic profile and academic background, that you CAN’T even get from our official website!

By 2017, there are in total 3 cohorts of students admitted into our programme.


A purple dot on the map represents the citizenship of one student. The number of students and diversity grow by years.


The number of male and female in all three cohorts are roughly equal. Of course, you may notice that gender equality is a fundamental policy in all Swedish universities. In the admission process, no weight will be added/reduced based on gender of the applicant.


It has been told that life science will be an interdisciplinary field; MTLS is no exception. The majors listed in the pie chart are based on the bachelor degree that the students possess:




Want to know more about our programme? There are numerous routes:

  1. Our four official websites at KTH, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and Science For Life Laboratory
  2. Follow my page MSc Molecular Techniques in Life Science
  3. Subscribe to my blog and get a weekly notification of the newest post!
  4. Contact our student ambassadors: me, Carolina at Karolinska or Javier at KTH!

Nobel lecture at the scene: 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

“It is the “Nobel Prize” in ……” is a complement when we describe something highly respectable, prestigious, or festival-like. Now, I will take you to an event, that nothing can be even more respectable, prestigious or festival-like than it —— Yes, I mean the Nobel Lecture in Physiology or Medicine held in Aula Medica, Stockholm!

The lecture is free of entry fee and registration: the only thing required is patience. In order to get a good seat, my friend and I entered at 11.30 (still, we were only able to find a seat on the fifth last row). Suddenly, a crest was approaching closer and closer from the first row. We immediately realised:  came the three Nobel laureates!

It began with the welcoming speeches Karolinsa’s vice chancellor Ole Peter Otersen and a Nobel  committee member at Karolinska. The three laureates, and their landmark study that awards them the Nobel prize, were introduced.

From left to right: Jeffery C Hall, Michael Rosbash, Michael Young

Then, the main dish of this afternoon: three speeches, each 40 min, from each Nobel laureate.

Jeffery C Hall

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Updated MTLS Course List

MTLS Molecular Techniques in Life Science has just updated its course list for incoming students in Fall 2018. Make sure to have a look at the list before submitting your application!

Green: new courses

Blue: modified courses (compared with 2016 cohort)

  • Genetics (5.0 hp)
  • Frontiers in Translational Medicine (16.5 hp)
  • Applied Communication (7.0 hp)
  • Applied Programming for Life Science I (1.5 hp)

For detailed description (unofficial and from a personal perspective) of the courses, you may take a look my previous blog about Genetics, Applied Communication and Frontiers in Translational Medicine. (Bear in mind that they may or may not correspond to the updated course content)

  • Bioinformatics (7.0 hp)
  • Methods in Molecular Life Science (7.0 hp)
  • Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes (7.0 hp)
  • Comparative Genomics (7.5 hp)
  • Applied Programming for Life Science II (1.5 hp)

Same, you might find Carolina, our best ambassador at Karolinska Institute’s blog very useful for preparing Methods in Molecular Life Science. I also wrote about the Bioinformatics and the predecessor of Structure and Dynamics of Biological Membranes in my previous blog.

Here is Carolina’s blog at KI website: /carolinasavatierdupre/

  • Applied Gene Technology and Large-scale Data Analysis (7.5 hp)
  • Clinical Applications of Biotechnology (6.0 hp)
  • Applied Programming for Life Science III (1.5 hp)

Choose 2 courses out of 3

  • Systems Biology (7.5 hp)
  • Drug Development (7.5 hp)
  • Project in Molecular Life Science (7.5 hp)

  • Master’s Dissertation (30 hp)

Want more information (something unique, something fun) about our programme?