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Requirements and selection for exchange studies

On this page, you will find information about what applies when it comes to requirements for exchange studies, and how the selection is made.

Requirements

To be eligible for exchange studies, there are a number of criteria you must have achieved. You can apply for an exchange place during year 2, but cannot conduct exchange studies until during year 3, at the earliest.

If you intend to study abroad in year 3

If you plan to go on exchange studies in year 3 you must not have more than two uncompleted courses, which applies to courses up to, and including, study period 1 the academic year in which you submit an application for exchange studies.

If you intend to study abroad in year 4 or 5

If you plan to go on exchange studies in year 4 or year 5 you must not have more than three uncompleted courses, which applies to courses up to, and including, study period 1 the academic year in which you submit an application for exchange studies.

If you only study a master's programme at KTH

Applicants who only study a master's program at KTH and have taken a bachelor's degree at another university than KTH must have obtained 15 credits in completed courses at KTH up to, and including, study period 1 the academic year you submit an application for exchange studies. If less than 15 credits are given in study period 1, you are still eligible to apply, provided that 30 credits have been obtained after study period 2.

All courses must be reported in Ladok no later than the deadline of the application period, on 15 December. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that course components are reported on this date.

You can check your eligibility with your school's international coordinator.

Grade requirements at certain universities

If a student has a grade point average (GPA) that is lower than 3,0, it is not only difficult to manage the studies in time during the exchange period, there may also be a risk that the student will not get admitted to the partner university. KTH therefore advises students to have a minimum of 3,0 at the moment of application in December.

At some universities in Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Singapore and the USA, there are grade requirements for exchange studies, a specific minimum GPA for KTH students to be eligible to apply for exchange studies at that university. These grade requirements are stated on each exchange university on KTH’s website . The grade point average is calculated by the principles below, see Selection.

Selection

There are a limited number of spots at each exchange university. If the number of applicants to a specific university exceeds the number of spots, a selection is made based on the student's grade point average. The grade point average is based on the credit giving course components completed in Ladok on December 15 and possible participation in the reception of incoming exchange and master students. 

Calculate your GPA

The formula used is as follows:

Total (Grades x (number of compulsory credits))/[Total (number of compulsory credits)]

In order to be able to compare the grade scale (A-F) with the previous system (3-5), the letter grades are translated to figures according to the following model:

  • A = 5
  • B = 4,5
  • C = 4
  • D = 3,5
  • E = 3
  • F = 0

Uncompleted courses are equated with the grade F=0.

Extra credits

International activities within KTH currently give 0.2 points extra to the GPA. International activities mean that you have actively participated in the Student Union's (THS) activities for the reception of incoming exchange or master's students. This applies to both the central student union's, as well as the sections', activities. Certificate of participation is issued by THS and must be attached to the application. The certificate is valid in two consecutive application rounds after the activities have been completed. The supplement of 0.2 cannot be included in the GPA required at certain universities. More information on how to get involved can be found at THS or your section.

Nomination value

The so called nomination value on each exchange university on KTH’s website  is the GPA of the student getting the last place at a university.

Place allocation and lottery

The applicant with the highest merit rating/GPA is the first to be awarded the first choice. The places are then allocated in descending order. When allocating places, it is primarily semester places that are allocated. Secondly, full-year places are allocated, but only if there still are places left at the end of the allocation meeting. If two (or more) students end up with the same average grade and compete for the same place, the exchange place is distributed by drawing lots.

Rules for selection

Study qualifications

  • Study qualifications are based on the courses the student takes within their program up to, and including, study period 1 the academic year the student submits an application for exchange studies. No courses that run over both study periods 1 and 2 of the current semester may be included.
  • Exception: you who have been admitted to a master's programme at KTH and have not studied your undergraduate programme at KTH according to quota group 2 (see below) and where points are not given after study period 1, may count points that are given after period 2, for the calculation of the GPA.

Which courses are included?

  • For departure in year 3, 4 and 5, only the compulsory courses in previous years are included. If the study plan in the previous year comprises less than 30 credits of compulsory courses per semester, elective courses of up to 30 credits are included.
  • The final reported courses that only give the grade "Pass" are not included in the calculation of the GPA, but are included in the eligibility assessment.
  • Uncompleted courses that run over several years may not be included in the calculation of the average grade.

Partial grade of “pass”

  • If a partial grade of “pass” is given for a non-completed course at KTH, the grade is counted as a 3. If a grade is assigned in a partial course, “partial grade X points” is stated.

Including credits

  • When including credits from other universities, grades from a whole finalized course at these universities are only counted if studies have been undertaken in a Bachelor or Master of Science in Engineering programme in Sweden. In all other cases the grades are not included, grade point average will be based on studies at KTH only.

Master of Science in Engineering/Education Degree Programme

  • In the Master of Science in Engineering/Education Degree Programme, students study compulsory courses at the Stockholm University Teacher Education Department. This department awards the grades Pass and Pass with Distinction. These grades are awarded the figures Pass = 3,5 and Pass with Distinction = 4,5.

Quota groups

In order to achieve a fair allocation of exchange spots to all KTH students, applicants will be divided into three quota groups. Spots at the exchange universities will be assigned in a percentage scale depending on the number of applicants in the groups 1 and 2 and will be done region by region.

Quota group 1

Student who is studying a whole educational programme at KTH. This includes students on bachelor programmes, “högskoleingenjör”-programmes and 5-year degree programmes. Student currently in a master programme who completed the bachelor degree at KTH is also included in quota group 1.

Quota group 2

Student on a 2-year master programme at KTH who got the bachelor degree at another university than KTH, in Sweden as well as other universities abroad.

Quota group 3

Student having already been nominated and carried out exchange studies within the frame of their educational programme at KTH and applies again, or a student who has been nominated and declined the exchange allocation. These students can only be allocated a spot after the allocation to quota groups 1 and 2.