Language courses

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Sweden

Swedish laguage courses

English may be the working language at research institutions and it may also be sufficient to use English in everyday life, since most Swedes are reasonably fluent in English. However, good Swedish skills facilitate the start of your new life in Sweden and you may find that learning Swedish will help you to integrate more easily.

There is a wide range of Swedish courses available and your employer might even offer you free or reduced-rate language courses in-house.

Learn Swedish in advance

You can study Swedish before coming here! Swedish language and culture are taught in several countries and there are also web courses in Swedish. More information at Swedish teaching abroad.

Folkuniversitetet also offers a number of distance learning courses.

Other possibities on the internet to learn Swedish is Linguanet.

Learn Swedish in Sweden

Depending on the location of your stay, there are different options for learning Swedish while in the country. More information at:

Folkuniversitetet, Medborgarskolan and other organisations offer Swedish courses in many areas of Sweden. Check with your host university.

Swedish for immigrants (SFI) provides knowledge of the Swedish language and Swedish society. Municipalities have an obligation to offer SFI to newly arrived adult immigrants with a personal identity number. Programs may be organised differently from municipality to municipality, so check with your municipality.

Translation help

Need some help with Swedish words in a research environment? See dictionary at The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR)

Look here for a dictionary on-line that translates words between different languages. Another website translates whole paragraphs.