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Swedish for International Students and Researchers, Course 1

The course is aimed at international students at Stockholm University who need basic Swedish to communicate with Swedish-speakers during their stay in Sweden. The course provides knowledge about the basic grammatical structure of Swedish through the learning of everyday Swedish words and phrases.

To fika. Student having a coffee and studying, smiling at friend.
Photo: Niklas Björling

The course may not be included in a degree at Stockholm University, either as a main field of study or as additional studies.

This course is given

  • twice during the autumn and twice during the spring semester in period 1 and 2.
  • as a complementary course. Due to a limited number of places priority is given to new students.
  • the language level on the course is A1 (beginner level)

Admission and registration

  • Course structure

    The course combines teaching and exercises for beginners in Swedish as a foreign language. You will acquire a basic knowledge of the Swedish language, Swedish phonemes and basic vocabulary, syntax and word order. Practice will focus on useful everyday phrases.

    Teaching format

    Course 1 consists of a limited number of tutorials in study groups of around 200 to 300 students.

    • Regular homework, assignments and self study is compulsory.
    • Classes are scheduled two afternoons or evenings a week.
    • Active participation and a passing grade on the final examination is necessary for receiving credit points, as well as for admission to a higher level.


    Please see the Syllabus.


    Search for the examiner in the pdf file by using the course code NS001 (PC: ctrl + F, Mac: cmd + F).

    HT22 Examinatorer Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet (256 Kb)

    VT23 Examinatorer Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet (234 Kb)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Spring 2023 (VT23)

    Period 1
    Schedule NS0001 Spring 2023 Group 1

    • Starts in week 4.

    Period 2
    Schedule NS0001 Spring 2023 Group 2

    • Starts in week 10
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • More information


    • This course is given free of charge to international students admitted to a course, exchange program, bachelor/master or an equivalent agreement containing at least 15 ECTS at Stockholm University meeting our requirements.
    • Under certain conditions a student may need to pay a fee for taking this course.
  • Contact

    Course administration – Swedish for International Students and Employees