[PRESS RELEASE 14 February 2012] A new Stockholm Summer School initiative will be arranged by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. This unique collaboration between the three universities will offer students a range of courses and social activities, accommodation and a taste of life in Sweden. Set to begin in June, the courses will be arranged for international and Swedish students in association with the City of Stockholm. Teaching will be in English.

The Stockholm Summer School has been set up to offer courses in disciplines in which each university has a particularly strong international position and to promote Stockholm as an attractive place for advanced studies. Applications are open until 1 March for the courses, which deal with subjects ranging from the Swedish model and future energy technologies to global climate change, bioentrepreneurship and global health.

Ylva Olsson at Karolinska Institutet is coordinator of the summer school project.

“We’ll offer students not only courses in subjects in which we excel, but also a pleasant life experience,” says Ms Olsson. “We have a complete social programme covering the three or four course weeks and lectures at times that everyone can make. The idea is for students to be able to make friends from other courses.”

The courses are already being given by the universities, but their structure and schedule have been adapted to the requirements of the Stockholm Summer School. Alongside the courses will be lectures by two leading researchers from each university for all course participants.

Stockholm Summer School is being arranged at a time when Stockholm, nicknamed the Venice of the North, is at its most beautiful, with its many parks, waterfronts and lakes, and an archipelago of 20,000 islands just a short boat-ride away. The social programme includes a visit to Skansen to join in the midsummer celebrations, one of the absolute highlights of Swedens festive calendar.

The partnership between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University will make possible accommodation for all participants close to the campus. The remote courses will start on June 11, and the physical courses on June 18, when the rectors of the three universities will be at the Stockholm Summer School to welcome all participants.

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