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.
Learn Swedish at KI courses at Folkuniversitetet
All doctoral students who are admitted to KI (admission decision or Ladok transcript needed) are offered to take one Swedish language course* free of charge during doctoral education. Please, note that this offer does not apply to postdocs or visiting doctoral students.
Staff, researchers, postdocs and doctoral students interested in additional courses are welcome to join.
Dates: 16 October 2019 Swedish A1 (beginner - fully booked) and Swedish A2 (some prior knowledge) New courses starting in January 2020.
Location: Folkuniversitetet Holländargatan 38, T-bana Rådmansgatan, Odenplan
Fee: Doctoral students admitted to KI (admission decision or Ladok transcript needed) are offered one Swedish course* at Folkuniversitetet free of charge. Other participants pay 1479 SEK per course*. If your PI will pay, you need to write her/his ZZ code. It is also possible that you pay yourself.
*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.
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Folkuniversitetet, Medborgarskolan, Svenska Nu, Swedish for professionals 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. Check with your municipality:
SFI in Stockholm
SFI in Solna
SFI in Huddinge
SIFA fulltime intensive Swedish courses for academics (economists, lawyers, engineers or educators), daytime in Stockholm.
SFa-medicin fulltime intensive Swedish courses for medical staff in Huddinge.