Options for learning Swedish
Options for learning Swedish depend somewhat on whether you are an exchange student or a degree student, the duration of your studies and whether or not you pay tuition fees.
For exchange students, the two main options are:
- An Introductory Swedish Language Course (SUSA) that is offered during the orientation weeks (3 ECTS, if successfully completed)
- Swedish Language Courses (SVE) that can be taken as a part of your study plan (7.5 ECTS per course, if successfully completed)
Studying a one-year degree programme
If you are studying a one-year degree programme, you are eligible for an introductory Swedish course that runs for 2–3 weeks. You will receive a link to sign up for this course around early June. Please note that places are limited and that students who pay tuition fees (non-EU/EEA students) are given preference.
Studying a degree programme longer than one year
If you are studying a degree programme that takes longer than one year to complete, you are eligible for so-called ‘Swedish for Immigrants’ (SFI) courses offered by a school for adult education, ‘Komvux’, in your city of residence. Note that you need a Swedish personal identification number (‘personnummer’) in order to be able to apply for these courses. After you have arrived in Sweden, you should apply for this personal identification number from the Swedish Tax Agency (‘Skatteverket’) as soon as possible. Once you have received it, you can apply for SFI courses. The courses are free of charge, but be aware that there may be long waiting lists, as there are many applicants and a limited number of places.
At Lund University, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows are considered as employees. The University offers Swedish courses for employees (SFU). Discuss this option with your supervisor and find more information by clicking the link below.
Other options open to all students
Learning outside the classroom: language cafés
For those who want to learn Swedish in a more informal way, while enjoying a fika, there are several language cafés to choose from. These include:
The Swedish Lounge, hosted by the International Desk
Tuesdays 17:00–19:00 | Stora Algatan 4, the basement
At this language café, international Lund University students can practise their Swedish with Swedish-speaking students. There are different tables for beginners, intermediate learners and advanced learners. You need to bring student ID to be able to participate.
Find Swedish Lounge events on the International Desk Facebook page
Eos Swedish for Expats, hosted by IK Eos
Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 | Arkivgatan 32, Eoshallen
This language café is part of a programme for integration and social responsibility (Eos Cares). It is open to anyone who would like to practise their Swedish. You don’t need to sign up beforehand.
Café Multilingua, hosted by the HT student union and SOL
Wednesdays 17:00–19:00 | Helgonabacken 12, SOL, Absalom
Lund University students can practise their Swedish as well several other languages with each other at this language café. You don’t need to sign up beforehand, but you do need to prove that you are a member of Studentlund in order to be able to participate.
Eos Language Café, hosted by IK Eos
Saturdays 13:00–15:00 | Arkivgatan 32, Eoshallen
This language café is part of a programme for integration and social responsibility (Eos Cares). It is open to anyone who would like to practise Swedish or other languages. You don’t need to sign up beforehand.
Folkuniversitetet (a local provider of adult education) offers Swedish language courses for beginners, intermediate learners and advanced learners. Courses are available in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. These courses involve costs.
Full-time Swedish studies
If you would like to develop a profound knowledge of the Swedish language and/or achieve a formal qualification in Swedish to become eligible for studies in Swedish at a Swedish Higher Education Institution, Lund University's full-time Study Abroad Swedish Language programmes are the recommended course of action.