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Qualifying Course in Swedish for University Studies

The course Qualifying Course in Swedish for University Studies prepares you for academic studies in Swedish. Passed results on the entire course give authorization in Swedish for higher education studies in Sweden according to regulations from the National Agency for Higher Education (HSVFS 2009:1).

Three students watchin a mobile phone an chatting. Photo: Viktor Gårdsäter
Photo: Viktor Gårdsäter

Two courses and two levels

There are two courses given in Swedish as a foreign language. You will find all the information necessary on the Swedish pages:

Svenska som främmande språk, förberedande kurs, 30 credits (NS0222)

Behörighetsgivande kurs i svenska, 30 credits (NS0333)

You are eligible for Förberedande kurs if you have a completed upper secondary school degree and Swedish skills equivalent to level B1 according to the CEFR scale.

Behörighetsgivande kurs requires a completed upper secondary school degree and at least a level of Swedish equivalent to B2 according to the CEFR scale. If you pass our courses in Swedish as a foreign language, Svenska som främmande språk, you will have the level needed in Swedish to be eligible for university studies in Sweden (for courses and programmes where Swedish is required).


The credits you gain from our courses in Swedish as a foreign language cannot be included in a degree from Stockholm University. However, our course credits meet the requirements and allow you to apply for student financial aid at, the Swedish Board of Student Finance (Swedish Board for Study Support, CSN).

Please note that we do not accept any beginners in Swedish

Stockholm University only offers courses in Swedish for beginners for exchange and international students already enrolled in at least 15 ECTS at Stockholm University. If you
contact your home municipality, they can help you sign up for SFI studies (Swedish for immigrants).

Find more information about learning Swedish:

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Study pace and length of each course

    • Our courses are given full time, with classes during daytime, starting each semester.
    • We also offer part-time evening classes, where you study 15 credits each semester, starting only in the autumn semester.
  • Contact

    Study councelling and Course administration: Swedish as a Foreign Language