English is spoken pretty much everywhere in Sweden. But if you’re planning to make Sweden your home, learning Swedish is a smart way to go about it. Here are our tips for getting started.
Swedish For Immigrants (SFI)
All regions offer Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), a free full or part-time course that will get you to grips with the
basics. The SFI team assesses your language and works out a study plan for you. There’s even a special version of SFI for vocationally trained professionals, called SFX.
Folkuniversitetet is an adult education programme offering a huge range of learning options, including Swedish
as a foreign language. There is a Folkuniversitetet right here in Uppsala.
The Swedish Institute (SI)
This free, online course for beginners is a fast-track to learning Swedish wherever you are. With plenty of self-
study material, SI covers basic spoken and written language, plus an introduction to Swedish culture and
Grow Internationals offers online private Swedish language lessons (one-on-one or two-on-one) with teachers who have experience teaching expats and foreign professionals.
Swedish for academics
The Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University offers a range of courses designed to arm
scholars and employees at the university with basic Swedish language skills. The courses are free but space is
limited, with applicants admitted on a first come, first served basis.
Swedish for healthcare employees
For international healthcare employees, Uppsala Folkhögskola offers in-house Swedish healthcare language training
Borrow a Swedish language lesson
At Uppsala Library you can borrow e-books in most subjects, including Swedish language lessons from different languages, for free. First you must apply for a membership. If you have no Swedish address or personal identification number yet, you must apply at the library.