Organisation of internationalisation of education

With the aim of improving the quality and diversity of the education at KI and in order to prepare students for working in a global labour market, KI is working for increased internationalisation of the study programmes at KI.

Internationalisation in focus for the Committee of Higher Education

Committee member Jonas Sundbäck has been assigned by the Committee for Higher Education (KU) to represent the Committee in the Internationalisation Board and focus on internationalisation in education in the first and second cycle and related goals in Strategy 2030. Supporting coordinators are Emma Hägg and Maria Olsson. 

Responsibility of study programmes for internationalisation: 

The study programme responsible institutions/boards are responsible for driving internationalisation at the programme level and integrating an international perspective into education. This includes, among other things, creating opportunities for exchange studies.

Each study programme has assigned  one person for supporting the work on programme level for internationalising the education. The Jonas Sundbäck as appointed for internationalisation by KU invites responsible for internationalisation at study programme level to meetings once or twice per semester to discuss current issues and exchange best practise.

Projects for internationalisation of education

Mandatory teaching in English

The action plan for internationalisation 2014-2018 (1-672/2021) which was established by the Board of education at the time (Protocol 2013:06 §6) contained a total of four goals where goal 2 was defined as that all education programs should have a compulsory course (7.5 credits ) taught in English. Goal 2 was largely met by the study programmes. Since the action plan was implemented, a number of programs have raised the question of the purpose of teaching in English in a context where everyone speaks Swedish and if teaching in English could be done in other ways. The working group for internationalisation (KU) therefore commissioned a working group to redefine the purpose of teaching in English and to link the purpose to Strategy 2030, as well as to make a proposal for a decision that it should be mandatory. 

The report was finalized (in Swedish) and presented to KU in December 2022 and the decision to make it mandatory was made.

Mobility and utilization of international experiences (in Swedish)

To achieve a more comprehensive picture of international mobility at KI, a pilot project was carried out on behalf of the working group for internationalisation during 2020. The project Mobility and utilization of international experiences (in Swedish) has resulted in a report and has been presented at the Committe of Higher Education in February 2021. Suggested actions in the report will be handled in the working group for internationalisation.

Examples on internationalisation of education

  • collaboration with international partner universities
  • student- and teacher exchange
  • courses where part of the course takes place abroad
  • thesis work
  • opportunities for students to do internships
  • opportunities for KI staff to train at partner universities
  • teaching in English
  • teaching in matters related to global health
  • internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC)
  • Internationalisation at home (IaH)
  • tuition fee based activities related to  the "Global study programmes"
  • English language courses for teaching staff
  • joint course development with partner universities
  • participation in joint international intensive programmes/courses

Administrative support

Contact the international coordinators (student mobility), at the Unit for support to Programme- and Education committees, if you have questions regarding student exchange and its surrounding administrative routines .

Contact the international coordinators at the International Relations Office if you have questions regarding exchange agreements, rules and guidelines as well as exchange for administrative and teaching staff.

Reporting on internationalisation and tuition-fee-based teaching (in Swedish)

Content reviewer:
Emma Hägg