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Language courses


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.

Learning Swedish online

Basic Swedish

Learning Swedish is a free online course in Swedish for beginners with material for self-study for adult learners. The course gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as an insight into Swedish culture and society. All instructions are given in English. Read more at Learning Swedish online for free

Learning Swedish Module 1 is also available as an app for Android and iOS. It works both online and offline.

Swedish for advanced users

Folkuniversitetet also offers a number of distance learning courses. There you will find more advanced courses such as level B and C. See the link for more information and prices. Folkuniversitetet

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 offers Swedish courses at different levels.

Study associations also offer language courses and a wide range of other courses. See a list of study associations.

SFI-courses (Swedish for immigrants). Once you have become a resident in Sweden and have been issued a personal identity number (personnummer) you can contact your local municipality for information about Swedish lessons for immigrants (SFI). SFI is basic training in the Swedish language for adults who do not have Swedish as their first language. You can study SFI full-time or part-time. The training is free of charge.

Translation help

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