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British English is the standard form of English at Stockholm University. One of several exceptions is that of professional titles, where there may be a need to use the corresponding US title to increase clarity in international contexts. In such cases, both British and American terms are specified.

It should also be noted that there are common terms in English that do not have an exact equivalent in Swedish. An example of this is that of BSc programmes, an established abbreviation of Bachelor of Science programme. In Sweden, education is not categorized by scientific field in this way, and the full designation is generally used instead, such as for example, the Master's Programme in Linguistics.

If you do not find a specific word or phrase, and cannot find it in any of the recommended glossaries, please contact suwebb@su.se.

Academic titles

 

English

Swedish

adjunct professor

adjungerad professor

adjunct teacher

adjungerad lärare

assistant professor (US)

biträdande lektor, lektor

Advisor to the President

rektorsråd

assistant professor (US)

universitetslektor

associate professor (US)

docent

associate senior lecturer (UK)

biträdande lektor

dean

dekan

Deputy Vice President

vicerektor

doctoral student

doktorand

guest lecturer

gästlärare

head of department

prefekt

lecturer

adjunkt

part-time fixed-term lecturer

timlärare

PhD student

doktorand

professor

professor

President

rektor

reader (UK)

docent

senior lecturer (UK)

universitetslektor, lektor

third-cycle student

doktorand

university lecturer

universitetslärare

University Director

universitetsdirektör

visiting lecturer

gästlärare

Vice President

prorektor

visiting professor

gästprofessor

visiting teacher 
visiting lecturer

gästlärare

 

Academic glossary

 

English

Swedish

(independent) basic research

(fri) grundforskning

(student) completion rates

genomströmning

administration

förvaltning

administrative office

förvaltningsavdelning

advisory bodies

rådgivande organ

applied research

tillämpad forskning

BA programme

kandidatprogram (inom humanvetenskap)

BA student

kandidatprogramstudent (inom humanvetenskap)

bachelor’s degree

kandidatexamen

bachelor’s programme

kandidatprogram

bachelor’s student

kandidatstudent

BSc programme

kandidatprogram (inom naturvetenskap)

BSc student 

kandidatprogramstudent (inom naturvetenskap)

career guidance (UK)

karriärvägledning

core operations

kärnverksamhet

cutting-edge research

spetsforskning

decision and delegation procedures

besluts- och delegationsordning

degree of bachelor

kandidatprogram

degree of doctor

doktorsexamen, forskarexamen

degree of master

masterexamen

degree programme student

programstudent

department

institution

doctoral degree

doktorsexamen, forskarexamen

doctorate

doktorsexamen, forskarexamen

educational science core

utbildningsvetenskapliga kärnan

excellence

spetsforskning

faculty

fakultet

Faculty of Humanities

Humanistiska fakulteten

Faculty of Law

Juridiska fakulteten

Faculty of Social Sciences

Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten

Faculty of Science

Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten

first cycle degree

kandidatprogram

fixed-term employment

tidsbegränsad anställning

frontier research

spetsforskning

human science

humanvetenskap

humanities

humaniora

law

juridik

lifelong learning

livslångt lärande

MA

masterexamen (inom humanvetenskap)

MA programme

masterprogram (inom humanvetenskap)

MA student

masterstudent (inom humanvetenskap)

master's programme, 60 credits

magisterprogram

master's student

masterstudent

master’s degree

masterexamen

master’s degree, 60 credits

magisterexamen

master’s programme

masterprogram, masterutbildning

MSc

masterexamen (inom naturvetenskap)

MSc programme

masterprogram (inom naturvetenskap)

MSc programme

masterutbildning (inom naturvetenskap)

MSc student

masterstudent (inom naturvetenskap)

office

avdelning, kansli

operational support

verksamhetsstöd

permanent employment

tillsvidareanställning

PhD (UK), Ph.D. (US)

doktorsexamen, forskarexamen

practicum internship (US)

VFU (verksamhetsförlagd utbildning)**

private scholarship

donationsstipendium

profile area

profilområde

programme

program

research council

forskningsråd

science

naturvetenskap

science and proven experience

vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet

scientific area

vetenskapsområde

second cycle degree

masterexamen

semester* (US)

termin

social sciences

samhällsvetenskap

student association

fakultetsförening

student participation

studentinflytande

study programme

utbildningsprogram

subject didactics

ämnesdidaktik

supervisor

inspektor

teacher education (UK)

lärarutbildning

teacher training (US)

lärarutbildning

teaching placement (UK)

VFU (verksamhetsförlagd utbildning)

tenure track system

meriteringssystem

term* (UK)

termin

third cycle degree

doktorsexamen, forskarexamen

vocational guidance (US)

karriärvägledning

vocational training programme

professionsutbildning

* Note: The word semester is most often used as a translation for termin in Sweden because the Swedish system is considered to reflect the American system rather than the British.

** See also the extended glossary for teacher education below.

 

 

List of terms commonly used at Stockholm University

English

Swedish

action plan

åtgärdsplan

Careers Service

Karriärservice

core value

kärnvärde

Fundamental academic core values:

• academic freedom

• autonomy

• integrity

• equity

Grundläggande akademiska kärnvärden:

• akademisk frihet

• autonomi

• integritet

• rättvisa

Human Science 

Humanvetenskapliga området

Interdisciplinary Council

Områdesövergripande rådet

Profile Area

Profilområde

Science

Naturvetenskapliga området

Senior Management Team

universitetsledningen

Stockholm University

Stockholms universitet

Stockholm University College

Stockholms högskola

Stockholm University's core values:

• knowledge

• enlightenment

• pursuit of truth

Stockholms universitets kärnvärden:

• kunskap

• upplysning

• sanningssökande

Student Services

Studentavdelningen

Study Skills Unit

Studieverkstaden

university in the capital city

huvudstadsuniversitet

 

Glossary for English used in Teacher Education at Stockholm University

List* compiled by Una Cunningham, Professor of English language education, and colleagues at the Department of Language Education

English

Swedish

learning and teaching; curriculum studies

allmän didaktik

visiting teacher/visiting lecturer (in context)

besökande lärare (inom VFU)

grade

betyg

assessment

bedömning

assessment literacy

bedömarkompetens

grading criteria (sg: criterion)

betygskriterier

grading

betygssättning

complementary studies

breddning

learning and teaching; (ibland) curriculum studies

didaktik

pupil; (i synnerhet äldre elever) student

elev

preschool class and compulsory school years 1-3

F-3

school-age educare  (Skolverket) extended school(UHR)

fritidshem

entry requirements

förkunskapskrav

preschool

förskola

preschool education

förskoledidaktik

preschool class

förskoleklass

preschool education

förskolepedagogik

preschool teacher

förskollärare

preschool teacher education programme

förskollärarprogrammet

primary school teacher

grundlärare

Teacher Education Programme in Primary Education (Extended School; Preschool Class and Years 1-3; Years 4-6)

grundlärarprogrammet

compulsory school (Skolverket); primary and lower secondary school (UHR)

grundskolan

compulsory school years 5/6/7-9 (Skolverket); secondary school (UHR)

grundskolans senare år

primary school (UHR); compulsory school 1-6  (Skolverket)

grundskolans tidigare år

upper secondary school

gymnasieskolan

(school placement) supervisor

handledare

supervision meeting

handledningssamtal

action plan

handlingsplan

compulsory school years 7-9 (Skolverket); (lower) secondary school

högstadiet

classroom teacher

klasslärare

Bridging Teacher Education Programme for Secondary School and Upper Secondary School

Kompletterande pedagogisk utbildning (KPU)

syllabus (pl: syllabi)

kursplan

teacher education student; teacher student; student teacher (while on school placement)

lärarstudent

teacher education

lärarutbildning

curriculum (pl: curricula)

läroplan

curriculum theory

läroplansteori

literacy and numeracy development

läs-, skriv- och matematikutveckling

mathematics education

matematikämnets didaktik

science education

naturvetenskapsämnenas didaktik

practical and aesthetic learning processes

praktiska och estetiska läroprocesser

coordinating department

programansvarig institution

police record extract

registerutdrag

head teacher, principal

rektor

social science

samhällsvetenskap

degree project

självständigt arbete

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (SSI)

Skolinspektionen

head teacher, principal, vice-principal

skolledare

The Swedish National Agency for Education (SNAfE)

Skolverket

final school grade(s)

slutbetyg

special needs teacher

speciallärare

Postgraduate Diploma in Special
Needs Training (education)

speciallärarexamen

Special Needs Teacher Education Programme

speciallärarprogrammet

language education

språkdidaktik

student

student

3-way meeting (see suggestions below)

trepartssamtal

duty of confidentiality

tystnadsplikt

curriculum (plural curricula)

utbildningsplan

theory of knowledge

vetenskapsteori

school placement

VFU (verksamhetsförlagd utbildning)

school placement visit

VFU-besök

(school placement) supervisor

VFU-handledare

school placement faculty group

VFU-kollegiet för lärarutbildningarna

school placement course

VFU-kurs

school placement course coordinator

VFU-kursansvarig

school placement course lecturer

VFU-kurslärare

(school) placement periods

VFU-period

school placement

VFU-placering

(school) placement portfolio

VFU-portfölj

school placement report

VFU-rapport

school placement office

VFU-sekretariatet

host department

värdinstitution/hemvist

vocational teacher education programme

yrkeslärarprogrammet

compulsory school years 4-6

åk 4-6

compulsory school years 7-9

åk 7-9

subject learning and teaching

ämnesdidaktik

secondary teacher; subject teacher

ämneslärare

Teacher Education Programme for Secondary School and Upper Secondary School

Ämneslärarprogram med inriktning mot arbete i grundskolans årskurs 7-9 och med inriktning mot arbete i gymnasieskolan

syllabus in upper secondary school

ämnesplan

 

Official sources for English translations:

 

  • Other terms

 

English

Swedish

assembly point

återsamlingsplats (efter utrymning)

deaf-blind interpreting

dövblindtolkning

fixed-term employment

projektanställning

wellness benefit

friskvårdsbidrag

intern (US)

praktikant

internship (US)

praktikplatser

placement (UK)

praktikplatser

requisition

rekvisition

safety inspection

skyddsrond

safety representatives

skyddsombud

student on placement (UK)

praktikant

widening participation

breddad rekrytering