Being an exchange student at Swedish Red Cross University

Publicerad: 05 May 2021
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Traveling abroad to study is an exciting experience but it also means that a few practical arrangements must be made when you come here.

The Swedish Red Cross University always strives to make the arrival process as smooth as possible, which is why all students are accompanied either by the Swedish Red Cross University personel or a student mentor during their must-dos upon arrival, and receive some guidance related to their upcoming studies. Here you find information about some of the things that you will do when you come here, and whom to turn to. 

Mandatory MRSA screening

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to beta-lactam-antibiotics. Most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections may occur more frequently among patients in healthcare settings. MRSA is common in many countries, particularly in hospitals, but so far less common in Sweden. In order to prevent further spreading, all people that have been in contact with medical services outside of Sweden, either as a patient or as staff, are obliged to undergo MRSA-testing before they can participate in clinic-based work or studies.

How do I get tested?

Samples are collected using cotton swabs in your nose and throat. The test is carried out at the Student Health Centre at Karolinska Institutet (KI). You will receive information about your appointment upon arrival or beforehand through e-mail. Click here for more information about MRSA and MRSA-screening.

Student mentors

Our student mentors are students that are currently enrolled at the Swedish Red Cross University, and have taken on the task to guide our incoming students. At the start of each semester, all incoming students are assigned one or two student mentors. They will contact you via e-mail before your arrival to Stockholm, and are responsible for helping you with the following:

  • Meeting you in the city center (or where most convenient) to help you find your way to campus
  • Accompanying you to the MRSA screening (mandatory for all students), the e-ID office and to your clinical placement on your first day
  • Introducing you to our course web system (Canvas) and give you a tour of the school
  • Answering questions about things you might want to know, like where to go grocery shopping or how you can book a library introduction
  • ... and so on. Feel free to ask them at any time! You can reach them through


If you feel isolated or homesick, or are struggling with your studies/clinical placement, please don’t hesitate to contact your student mentor or the International coordination team. We want you to get as much as possible out of your time in Sweden, and are here to look out for you when you need us!

Programme-specific information

For specific questions related to the exchange programme you travel within, please consult the following pages:

Contact the International coordination team at