Speech and Hearing Science / Karolinska Institute Student Exchange Program

Karolinska Institute building in Sweden

Speech and Hearing Science students are often interested in spending time abroad during their academic career. Not surprising given the many benefits, academic, professional and personal, to spending a week to a semester abroad via any of the programs associated with the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange.

We are excited to announce the initiation of our own student exchange program, between the department of SHS at Illinois and the Divisions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Karolinska Institute is one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious medical institutions with approximately 8,000 students. Undergraduate students in SHS will be able to apply to this exchange program through the Study Abroad Office, and will be able to take coursework at K.I. in either the Speech-language Pathology or Audiology Divisions. Either division is open to students from any SHS concentration.

Spring 2019 term: (January-June)

Karolinska Speech-Language Pathology Division

Courses will include Speech disorders and dysphagia, Phonetic transcription, and Community/home-based rehabilitation.

12 hours of course credit is available

Application deadlines: September 15th each year

Study Abroad Video

You can see a video about the SHS Study Abroad program here.

Spring 2019/Fall 2019 terms:

Karolinska Audiology Division

Link to the KI program

Courses may include Physics & acoustics, Sound perception, Optional elective

12 hours of course credit is available

Application deadlines: September 15th for the Spring; February 15th for the Fall

The Exchange Program is designed for students with Junior-level standing, although Sophomores and Seniors will be considered. Although students will be taught some Swedish, credit-bearing coursework will be offered in English. Opportunities for clinical observation will also be available.


For questions about the application process and pre-departure requirements:
Mike Nelson, Assistant Director for Global Engagement; (217-333-6322).

For questions about the academic elements of the program:
Fatima T. Husain, PhD, Associate Professor in Speech & Hearing Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies; (217-333-2230)

For questions about how to fit Study Abroad into your SHS curriculum, please contact Academic Advisor, Kathi Ritten