Exchange report - incoming students
Home university: Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
Study programme: Medicine
Exchange programme: INK
Semester: Spring semester 2017/2018
Name: Alejandro Zalazar
Email address:

Arrival and registration

Wasn’t in Stockholm in the introduction day. Just showed up at the student health centre and got tested for MRSA. I think an actually feedback of how the test went would be more appreciated.


Applied for KI housing and got a dorm room which was quite affordable. Living in Stockholm is very expensive and somehow pretty much overpriced.

Leisure time and social activities

No, I was not interested in making any friends.


Wanted to compare different health care systems and Sweden is said to have one of the best in the world. Karolinska was one of the most prestigious institutions I could apply for at the time. I was not required to bring any certificates. The data provided by KI was absolutely useful and accurate.

Courses during the exchange period

ELAX20 : Inflammatory Diseases
Best rotation ever
ELAXX6 : Surgery 1
Didn’t do it in the end
ELA004 : Paediatrics 1
The course coordinator was one of the few doctors who was really interested in teaching.
2EE044 : Clinical rotation Obstetrics and gynaecology
Organization improvement required rightaway.


I think KI should not offer medical electives or rotations in an English speaking setting because even though it is true that almost everybody in Sweden can have an everyday life conversation in English, there aren’t so many health care providers who actually know medical English. Besides all the records are in Swedish.

Language and Culture

Didn’t participate

Studies in general

Most of the rotations were quite disorganized except for inflammatory diseases. Some doctors spoke very little English (if any). Only a few would ask the patients first if they would agree to have the interview in English. The gyn and obstetrics coordinator said we wouldn’t have so many classes because they were having another course at the same time and on top of that their department was moving somewhere else.
Academically speaking, the inflammatory diseases course and Dr Anders Åhnliche from Pediatrics were certainly the best features during my short stay.