Project courses in Africa through KTH Global Development Hub
KTH Global Development Hub is developing coordinated education and innovation activities for sustainable global development with an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The Hub allows students to participate in project courses focusing on global challenges formulated in a local context. Participating in the project courses does not influence future opportunities for exchange studies.
Exchange opportunities within GDH
Botswana during the spring or autumn semester
This offer is open to you who are admitted to a three- or five-year program at KTH and during the academic year 21/22 study in year 3 or 4. Here you have the opportunity to spend the entire spring (January - June) at Botho University in Gaborone in Botswana. There you will be part of a multi-disciplinary student team in a challenge-driven project that develops solutions to a local social challeng. The project can, for example, be about water supply, energy, or urban planning. This project corresponds to 10 ECTS credits.
If you are in year 3 you should also carry out your Bachelor's degree project (KEX) during the spring in Botswana. You formulate the KEX project in dialogue with your program director and KEX examiner/supervisor at KTH, and a local supervisor at Botho. GDH can assist in finding a regional supervisor. There might be opportunities to conduct this project as a Minor Filed Study and apply for corresponding funding. In addition, you have room to take one more course at Botho.
If you are a student in year 4 you should, in parallel with the challenge-driven project, take a set of Botho courses to reach a total of 30 ECTS credits equivalent to full-time studies.
Kenya in period 4
This offer is open to you who are accepted into a three- or five-year program at KTH and during the academic year 21/22 study in year 3 or 4. Here you have the opportunity to spend period 4 (mid-March to late July) at Strathmore University in Nairobi in Kenya. There you will be part of a multi-disciplinary student team in a challenge-driven project that develops solutions to a local societal challenge related to sustainable development and ICT. This project corresponds to approximately 10 ECTS credits.
If you are a student in year 3 of your studies, you should in addition to participating in the challenge-driven project, also finalize your Bachelor's degree project (KEX) while in Kenya. You formulate the KEX project in dialogue with your program director and KEX examiner/supervisor at KTH and a local supervisor at Strathmore, start the project in Sweden in period 3 and finalize it in Kenya during period 4. GDH can assist in finding a regional supervisor. There might be opportunities to conduct this project as a Minor Filed Study and apply for corresponding funding.
If you are a student in year 4 of your studies, you should in addition to participating in the challenge-driven project (approximately 10 ECTS credits) also find some other courses at Strathmore that you can include in your KTH degree.
The application is now open for a GDH exchange. Applications will be processed in the order they are received, see more about the application below. Based on your application, a selection is made where your study merits and suitability for the project in question are assessed. If necessary, you can be called for an interview as a supplement to your application. The application is evaluated by the KTH Global Development Hub and teachers from the schools concerned and the partner university.
You may not have previously participated in a GDH project, but participation in a GDH project will not prevent you from other future exchange studies. You must meet the visa requirements for the country in question. If you are a student in year 3, you must fulfil your programme's eligibility requirements for a Bachelor's degree project at the time of participation. You must ensure that you include the courses you take during the exchange in your KTH degree. GDH can, however, help with the communication with the director of your programme.
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The following documents should be sent in by email.
- Official transcript.
- Certificate of language studies, if you know a language other than Swedish or English, or different relevant experience.
- If the exchange is during year 3 of your studies at KTH, you need a certificate from your supervisor or examiner stating that you are eligible for a bachelor's degree project and that the project can be conducted abroad.
- A signed study plan from your international coordinator or programme director is required confirming the project course can be transferred to your KTH degree.