Drexel in Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
About the Program
Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key center of intellectual talent and innovation. They are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.
Sweden is considered to be one of the most technologically innovative countries in the world and Stockholm is consistently ranked as one of world’s most entrepreneurial, innovative and attractive cities. KTH maintains close relationships with an expanding network of international companies and the industrial community in a number of fields and working and studying here provides access to this network.
About the City
Stockholm was founded in the 13th century and is situated on the east cost of Sweden, bordering the Baltic sea. With 2.1 million inhabitants, it is the heart of Swedish trade and business life, and is known for its rich cultural history and closeness to nature. Stockholm is situated on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, giving you sea views at almost every street corner. The city is full of parks and forests areas to explore, and allemannsrätten is your free ticket to enjoy all of it. Allemannsrätten, the right of public access, allows everyone to roam freely in the countryside, pick mushrooms and berries in the forest, and swim or go kayaking in any of the rivers and lakes.
Stockholm is also filled with museums covering everything from ABBA and architecture to modern art and technology. Numerous museums in Stockholm are free with no entrance fee for visitors, making culture and history open and accessible to all. The Swedish capital is also considered a world leading city when it comes to music and technical innovations – being the home to acts like Avicii and Robyn, as well as Spotify and Soundcloud, to name a few.
Source: Exchange Studies at KTH
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Pre-Junior or Junior standing
- Open to CoE, CCI, or BMES majors
KTH Course Catalog
: Use this to search for coursework. The main language of instruction on Bachelor's level (year 1-3) is Swedish, the main language of instruction on Master's level (year 4-5) is English.
: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken there before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
If you would like to take courses from the catalog that are not listed on the above course equivalents spreadsheet, you will need to have equivalents approved by the appropriate department. For example, if you want to take a Computer Science course for Drexel credit, the Computer Science Department at Drexel must pre- approve the course and equivalency.
Students are taught and graded by Swedish faculty at KTH. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Optional Swedish Language Courses
The Unit for Language and Communication
at KTH offers Swedish language courses free of charge for exchange students. There is an intensive course starting in the beginning of August. During the academic year Swedish language courses are offered along with the rest of the major studies.
Fall Term Dates
Optional Introduction for International Students (Orientation)
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All international students are invited to take part in the Introduction Programme. The main purpose of the program is to acquaint students with KTH and Sweden. Introductions are scheduled for the beginning of August. Further information is given to the students with the sending of the Letter of Acceptance.
KTH Accommodation rents rooms for exchange students in student housing buildings (dormitories) or apartment houses. The rooms are located in central Stockholm as well as in the suburbs of the city. KTH Accommodation tries to assist exchange students in finding housing during their studies; however, due to a difficult housing situation in Stockholm, KTH Accommodation is not able to help all Exchange students. The average commuting time in Stockholm is 40 minutes for a single journey.
More information can be found on the KTH Accommodation
Students from non EU/EEA countries need to apply for a residence permit for studies before entering Sweden. Applications for a residence permit can under no circumstances be submitted after entering Sweden.
Obtaining a residence permit might take a while so apply as soon as possible after receiving the Letter of Acceptance from KTH. The following documents are required:
- A copy of a valid passport (Make sure to extend your passport if it is about to expire — you can not obtain a permit for longer than your passport's period of validity.)
- Letter of Acceptance/Notification of Selection Results as proof of admission to KTH and the duration of your studies (use the official notification printable pdf-file)
- Financial Support. You must show that you have secured financial support for the entire period for which you are applying for a residence permit.You need to have a minimum of SEK 8190 per month for the entire study period, and be able to show a financial statement from your personal bank account.
- Proof of payment of the residence permit application fee (SEK 1000)
- If the duration of your studies is 1 year or less: proof of a valid health insurance for the entire period of studies
- If you have additional insurance through KTH (FAS+) enclose a copy of the insurance certificate (sent out end of April)
The Migration Agency requires that you leave your biometric data (i.e. fingerprints and photograph) to be stored in the residence permit card. For more information, contact the Swedish Embassy or Consulate closest to you. After you have been photographed and fingerprinted at the embassy your residence permit (UT) card takes around four weeks to arrive.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
- For more information about the KTH exchange program, click here.