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Studies at KTH

KTH is a university with a rich history of pioneering ideas and innovation that dates back to 1827. For nearly 200 years, KTH has educated students who have gone on to influence our present and make the technological advances that define modern society. Still today, KTH shapes the talents that will find the solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

What are studies like at KTH?

Engaged learning

At KTH, learning to work together is an integral part of education. Through course work and in individual studies, students explore their ideas and apply them in collaboration with others from around the world. Group dynamics and the ability to work across teams can play a significant role in the outcome of ideas, projects and innovation. KTH emphasises an interdisciplinary approach to education, and students are encouraged to pursue work that incorporates subjects and ideas from other fields of study.

The openness to new ideas is a central part of life at KTH. Students call professors by their first names, researchers welcome new thoughts from students, and the curriculum focuses on personal development as well as knowledge.

Industry connections

KTH emphasises the practical industrial applications of knowledge and courses have close ties to the latest research and industry. Industry collaboration extends the campus beyond its buildings, and thus brings in different perspectives and fosters new ideas. 

Programme studies at KTH are completed with a one-semester long degree project. The project is carried out in the area defined by the courses taken during the first year of the programme. It is undertaken in an industry setting, at a KTH department, or another technical university or research institute anywhere in the world. It is not unlikely that the place where you do your degree project will be the place where you will work after you have finished your KTH degree. Over 50 per cent of all KTH students receive their first job offer before they complete their degree.  

International at the core

KTH is a truly international university where different perspectives from around the world meet to create a brighter tomorrow. Sweden, in general, and KTH in particular, has a long-standing tradition of welcoming students from all corners of the world. A large number of the 12,000 full-time students have come to KTH from outside of Sweden for degree or exchange studies. At KTH, you will have the opportunity to meet a diversity of people with different experiences, who will widen your horizons and challenge you to excel.

Graduation ceremony in Stockholm City Hall
Photo: Kalle Börjeson,

A semester at KTH

A semester at KTH consists of several courses, usually three or four. Each course involves lectures, seminars, laboratory work, group projects and individual studies. As hands-on experience is regarded as an essential element of learning, laboratory sessions constitute an integral part of studies at KTH. Your overall course grade is determined by written or oral examinations twice a semester. Exercises and laboratory work may also form part of the examination. If you fail, there will be a second chance at the end of each semester.

Academic calendar

The academic year at KTH is divided into two semester. The autumn semester starts in late August/early September and runs until the middle of January. Spring semester begins in the middle of January and runs until the beginning of June. Each semester consists of two study periods, each comprising three or four parallel courses during seven weeks of scheduled lectures, laboratory work, group work and smaller tutorial sessions. These are followed by one week of own work, free from scheduled education before the exams take place in October, January, March and June. Re-examination takes place in January, April and June.

KTH Main Library
KTH Main Library

Support and services

Coming to study in a new country can be a major change in your life. Whoever you are, you will find a place at KTH and be a part of a diverse community of students. To help you settle in KTH, provide a welcoming environment with a full range of support and service tailored to the needs of international students.

Welcome and reception at KTH

After receiving your letter of acceptance, KTH will provide you with all the information and support you need before making the move to Sweden. You will apply for accommodation, and if you are from outside of Europe, it is time to apply for a residence permit. When arriving in Stockholm for your studies, you will take part in an extensive introduction programme provided by KTH and the Student Union. The programme includes the traditional KTH welcome reception in the Stockholm City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize celebrations, as well as guided tours and social activities. The introduction helps you find your way through Swedish society and is a great way to make new friends.

Learning Swedish

Speaking Swedish is a great tool when it comes to getting to know Swedish society and Swedish people. All students who do not have Swedish as their mother tongue can take an introductory course in Swedish language and culture. The course is free of charge for all students since it does not generate any academic credits. If you want to start practising your Swedish before heading to KTH there are plenty of online courses available, view them all on Study in Sweden .


KTH's main library  is Sweden's most extensive library for technology, with a vast selection of books, scientific journals and databases. The librarians can help you develop your information retrieval and organisation skills, and supervisors from The Centre for Academic Writing and Rhetoric can support you in developing your academic writing and presentation skills. The library regularly hosts lunch seminars and workshops on related topics.​ With its study spaces, group rooms and cafe, the library is a popular meeting place for students. 

KTH Innovation

At KTH, your ideas get the best possible conditions for success. As a student here, you can get support from KTH Innovation , recognised around the world as one of the leading university innovation support systems. Structured processes, tailored methods and an innovative community gives you the tools you need to take on real-world challenges and bring your idea to life. The support is free, confidential, and KTH takes no equity.

Support for students with disabilities

KTH strives to provide equal opportunities to all students and offer support for students with disabilities  so that they can carry out their studies on the same terms as other students. Please note that in the case of exchange studies, your home university is responsible for any additional costs for supportive measures.

Student health services

University studies can be challenging. The Student Health Service provides counselling and support in psychological matters related to your studies. The staff is bound by confidentiality, and the services are free of charge. If you need someone to talk to about religious matters, you can visit the chaplaincy. They can also put you in contact with chaplains of other faith traditions.

Career services

KTH Career acts as a link between students, employers and industry, and helps students with their career planning. Free of charge, it offers various events and individual guidance, such as career coaching and a mentor programme.

Students taking in the sun outside KTH Hallen, the sports facility on KTH Campus
Students taking in the sun outside KTH Hallen, the sports facility on KTH Campus