Princeton Program: Karolinska Institute, Exchange in Biomedicine
Princeton University and the Department of Biomedicine at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden have an agreement to exchange students in the biological or physical sciences. The Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at Princeton have mapped out the sequence of courses that concentrators would take to fit a semester in Stockholm into their undergraduate program. This exchange opportunity is ideal for students who are pre-med and/or have an interest in medical research.
Princeton students participate in the exchange through the Program in Biomedicine at Karolinska, which places particular emphasis on human biological processes at a cellular and molecular level. Biomedicine is one of the leading fields of science and is undergoing rapid development not only in Sweden but also internationally.
Princeton students who participate in the exchange engage in contemporary classroom and laboratory education and research that is pioneering the confluence of molecular sciences and medicine. The curriculum reflects the recognition, on the part of the clinical and academic faculty at Karolinska Institute, that medicine will increasingly rely on molecular understanding. This kind of training is not available at Princeton, nor at more than a handful of sites in the world.
Karolinska Institute, which traces its origins to 1810, began as a “college for the education of skilled army surgeons.” Today, it is the only university in Sweden to concentrate on medicine. It is Sweden’s largest center for medical training and research. There are approximately 5,000 students at Karolinska Institute, of whom approximately 2,500 are postgraduates.
Researchers at Karolinska largely focus on medical and biomedical research in all disease areas. Particular strengths are in neuroscience, cancer biology, immunology, and metabolic diseases.
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, has a population of close to 1.8 million and is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is situated on 14 islands, close to an archipelago of 24,000 islands in the Baltic Sea.
A modern, dynamic city, Stockholm has much to offer visiting students, from its historic medieval buildings in the Old Town to its many theaters, restaurants, cafes, parks, and museums. It has a reputation as a safe and clean city with efficient and inexpensive public transportation.
Sweden has land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund.