Certificate of global competence

In their future roles, KTH students need to communicate and work in environments characterised by cultural and social diversity. Global competence is increasingly demanded in professional life and is a prerequisite for working successfully in our global society. KTH offers a Certificate of Global Competence in order to satisfy this need.

An educational programme for global competence

KTH's Certificate of Global Competence is designed so that KTH students can pursue it within their elective credits. The aim of the programme is to strengthen students’ global competence, whether they intend to work in Sweden or abroad, in academics, trade and industry, or the public sector. The certificate is issued together with the degree certificate, and serves as evidence that the KTH student is well-prepared for today's international professional life.

The three steps of the certificate

The certificate consists of three parts, done in order:

  1. Intercultural Competence, 4.5 credits
  2. International exchange studies or equivalent*
  3. Global Competence, 3 credits

* Exchange studies  12 weeks or longer, Minor Field Studies (MFS)  8 weeks or longer, degree project or internship abroad  8 weeks or longer. For international students, the time in Sweden counts.

The two courses are offered both in the autumn and spring semesters. Programme students can apply for them in the regular course selection. Students can apply for exchange studies at the end of the autumn semester for the upcoming academic year. In order to be eligible for the Global Competence course, the first course and subsequent exchange studies must be completed.

The certificate is applied for together with the degree certificate.

Intercultural competence course

For those who are not planning to study abroad, or have already studied abroad but still want to improve their global competence, it is possible to only take the course Intercultural Competence, 4.5 credits. The course can be taken within the framework of optional credits, and is elective for all students. The course is offered both in the autumn and spring semesters. Students can apply for it in the regular course selection.

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Last changed: May 03, 2019