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Only applications from students nominated by a partner university will be considered. As specified in the Exchange Agreement between KTH and the partner university, the number of students is not to be exceeded. To qualify, the nominated students must have completed at least two years of the educational programme at the home university, preferably more. Students nominated by their home university for exchange studies at KTH must submit an online application form for exchange students found at
How to apply to KTH
The application is made in two steps, asking the student to firstly submit study background, desired studies and personal details. The form includes the possibility to request assistance in finding accommodation and application for a Swedish intensive language course, running in August at KTH. Once all fields are completed, the student submits the application and will then receive a confirmation, including information on how to complete the second part of the application.
Documents to be uploaded into the application system are the following:
Clear and recent passport-size photo in JPEG.
A scanned copy in PDF of personal page in passport/national ID card/identity card with citizenship indicated. For EU/EEA citizens, national ID card is also accepted if it clearly states citizenship and the card's expiration date. The documents should be valid for at least six (6) months from the commencement of exchange studies at KTH. If there are difficulties getting a new passport before the application deadline, please upload a copy of the current passport.
A verified* copy of the student's transcript of records in English, in PDF, that is a list of completed courses at university level, from both bachelor's (for example bachelor's certificate, classes préparatoire or similar) and master's level.
A list of courses currently pursued and planned to be completed before starting the exchange studies at KTH.
A complete, signed * and approved Learning Agreement (LA) listing the selected courses.
A signed* nomination form, approving the exchange studies at KTH. This form is to be printed by the student from the application system, get it signed and then uploaded into the system.
Double Degree (DD) students follow the same application procedure as exchange students. Please note that only students whose home university has a DD agreement with KTH can apply for DD studies.
The online application and required documents must have been uploaded into the application system before the following deadlines:
19 April (5 PM Swedish time) for studies/project work starting in August/September or later in the autumn.
17 October (5 PM Swedish time) for studies/project work starting in January or later in the spring.
Please note: Applications can not be made after the deadlines above and will not be considered.
KTH uses the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) which is based on the principle that 60 credits equal the workload of full-time studies during one academic year. It is advised that students make a Learning Agreement/Study plan including only 30 credits per semester, KTH cannot guarantee student’s admittance to courses exceeding this 30 credits’ limit. 30 credits is a full time study load and is also a requiremnet in order to get a Residence Permit for studies in Sweden.
Grades are assigned like the following: A=excellent B=very good C=good D=sufficient E=pass F= 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”. Some courses only have the P/F grade, please see grading scale for the course in the course description
All Degree Projects, both on Bachelor and Master level, are awarded a Pass or Fail grade only.
Students can create transcript of results and transcript of registrations. If the home institution requires a paper copy transcript, KTH will send a transcript to the home institution on demand.
KTH does not ask for any result from official language tests, however we strongly recommend that students applying for exchange studies at KTH have a proficiency of English equivalent to the European B2 level.
The Language and Communication Division at KTH offers Swedish language courses free of charge for exchange students. An Intensive Swedish language course on the elementary level starts in early August at KTH campus. During the academic year Swedish language courses are offered along with the rest of the major studies. The course catalogue for Swedish language courses is available in March.
The Swedish courses are divided into different levels. If the student has some previous knowledge of Swedish, it is compulsory to make a placement test to establish course level. It is an interactive, Internet based test, which gives the students an immediate result. Read more about the placement test
Compulsory placement test for Swedish language courses
Students from non EU/EEA countries need to apply for a residence permit for studies before entering Sweden. Further information and application forms regarding residence permit may be obtained from the Swedish Embassy or Consulate in the home country of the student, or from Migrationsverket/the Swedish Migration Board:
Studying and researching in Sweden
These students are strongly advised to apply as soon as they receive their Letter of Acceptance, which is sent directly to the student. Please follow this advice, since it may take up to three months to get the documentation finalized.
In order to apply for a residence permit for studies, students must:
hold a valid passport
be accepted on a course of full-time study at a university or university college
be able to support yourself during the period for which you are applying for
have a comprehensive insurance policy (see below) if admitted for less than a year
have a Letter of Acceptance from KTH.
Nordic citizens do not require a visa or residence permit. EU citizens have the right to study in Sweden without a residence permit. Foreign students are allowed to work in Sweden during their period of study. No additional work permit is needed. However, please be aware that it is difficult to find a part-time job in Stockholm. KTH does not help students to find work.
It is very important that all international students have complete insurance coverage for their entire stay in Sweden. Consequently, KTH asks all international students to have a complete insurance cover when arriving to KTH.
Important areas that the insurance should cover are: personal injury, medical and dental care, accidents, personal belongings (luggage etc.), liability coverage, legal expense coverage, home transportation (in case of injury or illness). As a compliment the student is covered by the Student IN insurance provided by Kammarkollegiet, see the
Terms and Conditions 2021.
EU/EEA citizens and the European insurance card
Students from EU/EEA member countries should bring the European Insurance card. The card states that the card holder is entitled to health care on the same conditions and to the same cost as Swedish citizens. Please note the “EU-card” is only covering health care. The complete insurance would need to cover dental care, home transportation, personal belongings and liability coverage.
Non EU/EEA citizens
It is very important that students from non EU/EEA countries have a valid and complete insurance coverage since it is a prerequisite for securing a residence permit for studies.
KTH has an Accommodation Office located in the
KTH Entré at Drottning Kristinas väg 4 (Campus Valhallavägen)
. KTH Accommodation rents rooms for exchange students in student housing buildings (dormitories) or in apartment houses. The rooms are located in central Stockholm as well as in the suburbs of the city. KTH can only offer this service to a limited number of international students as the housing market is difficult in Stockholm.
The location of the room will depend on the number of rooms available at the moment. There is no possibility to choose your room or address, nor to change an allocated room. Exchange students will be able to mark an interest for assistance in finding accommodation in the on line application for exchange studies at KTH. Then KTH Accommodation will contact the student directly about the request; confirmation about an allocated room is sent to the student before arrival in Sweden.
Depending on costs for the accommodation, food and leisure, a typical minimum student budget for one month in Stockholm could be (all costs in SEK):
Food: SEK 2,400
Accommodation: SEK 4,600 – 7,500
Local travel: SEK 650
Phone/internet: SEK 300
Clothing, hobby/leisure: SEK 1,500
Total: between SEK 9,450-12,350
All international students are invited to take part in the Introduction Programme. The main purpose of the programme is to acquaint students with KTH and Sweden. Introductions are scheduled for August and mid-January. Further information is sent to the students together with the Letter of Acceptance.
Furthermore, all institutions of higher education in Sweden have student unions. The KTH student union is called THS, Tekniska högskolans studentkår. Social and International Relations is an organisation within THS aiming to help international students to get to know each other, enjoy their stay and learn about Sweden. Hence it organises a number of social and cultural activities as well as trips and parties, particularly in August and January but also continuously during the semester.
All international students at KTH are provided with a special registration number called T-number which is a fictive number for use within KTH. The student will get the T-number when registering with the international coordinator at the school to which the student has applied and been admitted (usually during the information/welcoming meeting at the school).
All KTH students receive a personal email account. Information about the account is given during KTH Arrival Days. Students get an access card to KTH premises, which is to be kept as a valuable.
Contact persons for exchange students
KTH, Name of the School/ Programme, SE-100 44 Stockholm, SWEDEN.
School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Martin Sjöstrand International coordinator (Architecture)