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Karlstad University

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Karlstad University is closed for SM1/SM2/FY applications for 2016-2017.

Karlstad lies at the heart of Scandinavia with Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo within easy reach. It offers the pleasures of a small town and the facilities of a bigger city. Charles IX (Karl) granted the town its municipal charter in 1584, and since then Karlstad has become a cultural and commercial center, an important industrial city, and an administrative capital.

Karlstad has a lot to offer, from outdoor activities and sports to culture and entertainment. The winter is ideal for cross-country skiing and the summer, for sailboarding and canoeing. Sunne Ski Centre, about one hour from Karlstad, has a number of fine downhill and slalom pistes. Plays, operas and ballets are performed at the beautiful old theatre. The city boasts several art galleries and museums, and, cinemas, restaurants and places to dance.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
Chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: August to early June; Semester 1: August to mid-January; Semester 2: mid-January to early June.

Fast Facts
Karlstad, Sweden (pop. 87,000)
Student Enrollment: 16,000
Language of instruction: English, Swedish
University Home Page
Exchange Students
Courses in English

Business and Economics; Culture and Communication; Social Sciences; Educational Sciences; Information Technology; Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Sciences; Engineering Sciences, Physics and Mathematics; Health Care and Social Work; Dance; Ingesund College of Music. Within these divisions there are a number of research centers or units including Centre for Services Research, Tourism and Leisure Research Unit, Värmland Forest Industry Centre, School and Child-Care Research, Centre for Gender Studies, Human IT.

Courses taught in English
Business Administration
Computer Science
Cultural Studies
Film Studies
Information Systems
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Media and Communication Studies
Political Science
Project Leadership
Religious Studies and Theology
Risk Management
Swedish as a Second Language

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Master in Computer Science
Master Programme in Information Systems
Master Programme in Accounting and Control: Continuation Master
Master Programme in Accounting and Control: Master
Master Programme in Economics
Master Programme in Economics: Continuation Master
Master Programme in Economics: Master
Master Programme in Marketing
Master Programme in Marketing: Continuation Master
Master Programme in Marketing: Master
Master Programme in Service Management: Continuation Master
Master Programme in Service Management: Master
Master Programme in Biology with specialisation in Stream Ecology
Master Programme in Global Media Studies
Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering, Degree Programme in Engineering Physics

Academic Notes
Assessment of studies may be based on class work, individual assignments, written and/or oral exams. A full study load is 30 Swedish credit points per semester (30 ECTS credit points). Students can take one 30-point course, two 15-point courses, or four 7.5-point courses.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: February
Transcript issued for Semester 2: June
Transcript issued for Full Ye: June

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Courses: Swedish language courses are provided throughout the academic year

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Students at junior level standing are preferred.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students must fill out the university's internal application before final admission can be granted. Students will receive instructions on how to do so directly from the host ISEP Coordinator.

Hints for Researching Courses
All courses offered in English at undergraduate and Master’s level are listed by discipline via: http://www.kau.se/en/education/courses/in-english.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students live in single rooms with private baths within a student corridor. Each corridor has a shared kitchen and living room facilities. Male and female students live in the same student corridors. Married student housing can be arranged. A one-time meal stipend is provided at the beginning of the term.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: books, local transportation, entertainment, tuition and accommodation fees that are not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: SEK 2500-3000
Note: Please bring funds to cover meals while stipend is being processed.

The orientation program includes: practical information on Sweden and Karlstad; information on the university and studying in Karlstad; information on courses; guided tour of the university; information about the student union; guided tour in the city; social activities; a trip in the province of Varmland.

A Student Mentor will meet the student in Karlstad upon arrival provided information has been received about the time and place of arrival.

Apart from training teachers, a tradition which dates back 150 years, Karlstad University offers programs and courses in the humanities, social and economic sciences, natural sciences, music, and engineering and technology. Its programs also include professional education and training for the paramedical professions.

Unlike many traditional universities, Karlstad is characterized by integration and multidisciplinary study. This has led to the development of several unique study programs including chemical and administrative sciences; business administration, economics and mathematics; tourism geography; chemistry/biology with environmental studies; and communication studies and law. Research and development have grown rapidly in recent years with a consequent increase in funding. Major research areas include forest environment and material, Services ICT and communication, learning at school and work, regional identity and welfare, and gender science.