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.
At KTH, learning to work together is an integral part of education. Through course work and in individual studies, students explore their own ideas and apply them in collaboration with others from around the world. Group dynamics and the ability to work across teams can play a major 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 is focused on personal development as well as knowledge.
A semester at KTH
A semester at KTH consists of a number of 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 important element of learning laboratory sessions constitute an essential part of studies at KTH. Your over-all course grade is determined by written or oral examinations that are taken twice a semester. Exercises and laboratory work may also form part of an examination. If you fail an examination, there will be a second chance at the end of each semester.
The academic year at KTH is divided into two terms. The autumn term starts in late August/early September and runs until the middle of January. Spring term begins in the middle of January and runs until the beginning of June. Each term consists of two study periods, each comprising three or four parallell courses during seven weeks of scheduled lectures, laboratory work, group work and smaller tutorial sessions. These are followed by one week of preparation/own work, free from scheduled tuition, before the exams take place in October, January, March and June. Re-examination takes place in January, April and June.
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 excell.
KTH emphasises the practical industrial applications of knowledge and courses have close ties to the latest research and to 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 at 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 percent of all KTH students receive their first job offer before they finish their degree.