Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism

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    Happy Ascension Day!

    The Department will be closed on 21 May, due to Ascension Day, a Public Holiday. This means that the student offices' and the student counsellors' telephone hours are cancelled. Their visiting hours continue to be cancelled and the Department will continue being locked out due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Do you really need to learn Swedish in Sweden?

    Swedes are good – among the best, in fact – at speaking English as a second language. So should foreigners living in Sweden make the effort to learn Swedish? Only if you want to enrich the experience in nearly every way, argue the linguistic experts at Stockholm University.

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    Courses and programmes

    The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University offers a wide range of courses: Swedish, Swedish for second language teaching, Scandinavian languages (such as Norwegian, Danish, Viking-age and medieval texts), Swedish as a foreign language, translation studies with Swedish as the target language, education programmes for interpreters in certain languages, conference interpreter training, sign language and interpreting courses, courses in bilingualism and Swedish as a second language at the undergraduate level.

    About us and what we do

    At the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University we are approxinmately 160 staff members doing research on and teaching in the subjects Swedish, Scandinavian languages, Swedish as a second language, Swedish as a Foreign Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies, Bilingualism and second language acquisition for about 3,500 students every year. We offer Bachelor's programmes and Master's programmes, and approximately 70 courses each semester.

    Our research

    Current research in the Swedish Language/Scandinavian Language unit largely fall under the following areas:

    Contemporary Swedish language use in society | The Swedish language system | Swedish historical linguistics and philology.

    Also see our departments: Centre for Research on Bilingualism | Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies

    About our research in Swedish: Forskning

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    Distance learning and the Department is locked for the time being

    Classes are carried out by distance learning since 18 March, 2020, and the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingalism is locked for the time being, due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

    Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

    Information about the department's distance learning:
    The Department is locked for the time being. About Distance learning

    Q&A on the coronavirus for newly admitted students (the main uni site)

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    Conference coming up