Learn Swedish

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.

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 about learning Swedish.

Folkuniversitetet also offers a number of distance learning courses. Other possibilities on the internet to learn Swedish are duolingo, digitala spåret, kreativpedagogik

The MedineLingua website was developed into a comprehensive resource to support learning of medical languages.

Learn Swedish at KI courses at Folkuniversitetet

All doctoral students who are admitted to KI (admission decision or Ladok transcript) and postdocs at KI (registration in IDAC) are offered to take one Swedish language course* free of charge. You register with Folkuniversitetet and do an online placement test before enrolling in a course. A booking is always binding and an invoice is sent to Ulla Tunkara at International Staff Services (re free courses for doctoral students and postdocs) or your department even if you attend only once. If you cannot attend your course for a short period due to work or illness, contact your teacher to see what you can do to catch up with the progress of the rest of the group.

Please, note that this offer does not apply to visiting doctoral students. 
Staff, researchers as well as postdocs and doctoral students interested in additional courses are welcome to join but the course fee has to be paid by department or individual.

Dates: New courses starting on A1, A2 and B1 levels in April 2021. For other levels, take the online language test and contact ki-utbildningar.stockholm@folkuniversitetet.se
Location: Folkuniversitetet Holländargatan 38, T-bana Rådmansgatan, Odenplan 
Fee: Doctoral students admitted to KI (admission decision or Ladok transcript needed) and postdocs at KI are offered one Swedish course* at Folkuniversitetet free of charge. Other participants may join and if paid by KI department (the ZZ code needed) the fee is 1 489 SEK per course*. It is also possible that you pay yourself 1 861 SEK incl. VAT.
*KI has a frame agreement with Folkuniversitetet regarding Swedish language courses (20 lessons of 45 minutes) especially for KI students and staff. Other Swedish language courses at Folkuniversitetet are not covered by the agreement.
Registrationwww.folkuniversitetet.se/karolinska/  
Questions? Contact ki-utbildningar.stockholm@folkuniversitetet.se

More courses

At KI

Language@KI is a project by the International Committee at MF, where international students at KI can learn Swedish as it is spoken by swedes. More information on their Facebook page.

Other courses

Folkuniversitetet, Medborgarskolan, Swedish for professionals, Swedish teacher Stockholm offer Swedish language courses for individuals. You can study Swedish as a Foreign Language at Stockholm university. There are several recognised tests available that measure proficiency in the Swedish language.

Swedish for immigrants (SFI) provides knowledge of the Swedish language and Swedish society, free of charge. Municipalities have an obligation to offer SFI to newly arrived adult immigrants with a personal identity number. Also EU citizens who do not have a personal identity number are entitled to attend the SFI programme if they have the right to reside in Sweden. Check with your municipality:
SFI in Stockholm
SFI in Solna
SFI in Huddinge

SIFA Intensive studies in Swedish for adults with an academic background. Courses starting in May.

SIFA fulltime intensive Swedish courses for academics (economists, lawyers, engineers or educators), daytime in Stockholm.

SFx-medicin fulltime intensive Swedish courses for medical staff in Huddinge.

Translation help

a dictionary on-line that translates words between different languages. Other free translation services: Free translation online and Google translate.

Proposals for Swedish language tests for permanent residence permit and citizenship

The report Sustainable migration policy for the long term (En långsiktigt hållbar migrationspolitik, SOU 2020:54) proposes that permanent residence permits should only be granted to aliens who meet the requirements of Swedish language skills, course C in SFI (A2 in CEFR), and civic knowledge. The government needs to coordinate the new requirements with the proposal below, so they cannot be implemented immediately. See Ändrade regler i utlänningslagen

A government inquiry proposes that requirements for knowledge of Swedish and understanding of the Swedish society be introduced for the acquisition of Swedish citizenship as of 1 January 2025. There is no final proposal yet. Se Krav på kunskaper i svenska och samhällskunskap för svenskt medborgarskap SOU 2021:2

Language levels of the European scale 

Source: Sfx Svenska för medicinsk personal

Language levels of the European scale and SFI
The CEFR levels Swedish for immigrants (SFI) Level
A1 SFI A, B Basic user
A2 SFI C Basic user
B1 SFI D Independent user
B2- SVA grundläggande Independent user
B2 SVA 1 Independent user
C1- SVA 2 Proficient user
C1 SVA 3 Proficient user
C2 Tvåspråkig (Bilingual) Proficient user