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Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) ARCH EXC
Stockholm, Sweden (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research
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English, Swedish
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Agreement Scope:
Architecture, Design and Planning
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Architecture

Location: Stockholm
Year established: 1827
Student population: 11,500
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. 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 centre of intellectual talent and innovation. KTH is 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 at KTH provides access to this network.

Unique Characteristics
The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is one of ten schools at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Research and educational programmes at this school relate to the future of our society; how cities, buildings and infrastructure will be designed and built, how institutions and regulatory systems should be developed to produce a good living environment, and how to provide good development conditions for business. The school is renowned for its excellent contacts within research, business and the public sector, a strong tradition of contract education, and continual and well-organised contacts with professional organisations about the content and development of educational programmes.

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, with blue skies all summer and ground covered with snow during winter. It is one of the friendliest cities in the world and although Swedish is its official language, most people speak English.

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at KTH.

Subject Area/s: Architecture
Please note you must have completed at least 3 years of prior study in architecture to go on exchange to KTH.

Exclusions may apply.

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms

Spring Term: January - June
Autumn Term: August - January

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – Excellent
B – Very Good
C – Good
D – Satisfactory
E – Sufficent
FX – Fail
F – Considerable Fail
More information on the host university's grading system.
Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period. Students can create their own transcript of results. The transcripts are PDF documents that can be verified by the student through the service Verify a transcript. In addition, you will need to inform KTH by email that a hard copy should be sent to your Exchange Adviser.

Sweden - Royal Institute of Technology - campus


Language of Instruction
Classes at KTH are taught in English and Swedish. 
KTH offers Swedish language classes to international students. 

Sweden Stockholm Royal Palace


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about Stockholm and check out the top 10 things to do!

Housing options are offered by KTH.

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Sweden Kanelbullar

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by KTH.

Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Arrival services and in introduction programme containing both social and informative activities are offered in the week before the semester starts.

Support Services 
The Student Services provide services and assistance to exchange students, including student health services and dedicated support for students with disabilities or function impairments.

Information from the host university.
Information from the Swedish Government.

Sweden Northern Lights

Student Experiences

Jacob Hacker
Bachelor of Engineering
Host City Highlights
The summer is full of local festivals and activities, including the Stockholm Culture Festival, where the city host local and international bands throughout the city. Swimming was popular in Hornstull, with many often gathering for afternoon barbecues and taking advantage of the 11pm sunset. There is also a midsummer festival in June which is very popular amoungst Swedes. There are many other popular destinations in Stockholm, including Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace, the Vasa museum, Skansen, the Town Hall, Parliament and Opera House.
Uni Life
There are a lot of local and study abroad students, giving it a great balance. There is a similar scheme to USYD with union membership, however it is not popular amoungst international students. It can be tricky to meet a lot of local students - fortunately I knew one who had come to USYD & did group work with others in some of my subjects, so I was able to meet other Swedes. The social scene amoungst international students is great, there is always something going on. The uni also has numerous social events every week - the chapters (societies for each faculty) at the uni hold a lot of activities including social nights & dinners.
Second semester (Jul to Dec) is fantastic. You arrive in the European summer with around 20 hours of daylight and finish in the winter.

The food on offer in the shops in Stockholm is very broad with international and local options. The university student group, however, hosted a number of traditional Swedish dinners such as a crayfish dinner for students to attend, exposing us to local delicacies such as pickled herring, which is actually very nice! A number of friends and I tried additional Swedish delicacies throughout our stay, including Surströmming, the infamous Swedish rotten herring which is particularly unpleasant, however worth trying!
Excellent! KTH organised my accommodation at the local student village with 2,500 other students from Sweden and abroad. The housing was very affordable ($150/wk), with own room and bathroom and shared kitchen.
Money Matters
It was not possible to work while studying, however I was able to earn some scholarships while away & complete an internship following my semester. The $12k which was recommended to budget was not possible to follow, particularly in Stockholm & with extra travel included. I was able to cover the extra considering money I had saved, however most Australians with whom I was on exchange spent between $16k and $20k for the semester.
Getting Around
Public transport is reliable and well networked - I could get anywhere in Stockholm very easily with the tunelbana. A student ticket is around $100 a month. During peak hour trains run every 5 mins, with trains running every 30mins all night on Friday and Saturday.
For travelling, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) offers youth fares (sometimes 50% off), which helps saving money. I was fortunate to travel to Canada during September for an aerospace conference, as well as a number of other destinations across Europe during my exchange including the UK, Germany, Austria and Turkey. Trains can be useful, particularly between the Scandinavian countries (to Oslo & Copenhagen), Airbnb was fantastic across Europe for cheap accommodation. It can be expensive, but a trip to the Northern Lights is a must. A number of cruises run every day to other Baltic countries including Estonia, Latvia and Finland. Tickets can be as cheap as €15 for a 3 day return trip.
Top Tips
Take the Swedish language course before starting studying (3hrs/day for a month). It is the best way to meet other students before commencing classes & super helpful for pronouncing some of those Swedish words. I met the majority of my exchange friends in this month, couldn't recommend enough. 

Read some more student experiences at KTH!


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