Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism

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    The Department is locked for the time being, and transits to distance learning

    The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingalism is locked for the time being, due to the current situation with the coronavirus. This applies from Tuesday afternoon, 17 March.


    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


    Tisus on 5 May has been cancelled

    The President of Stockholm University has decided that Tisus, the Test in Swedish for University Studies, scheduled for 5 May is to be cancelled. This means that the test will not be given at the following six universities in Sweden: Linköping, Lund, Malmö, Stockholm, Umeå and Uppsala. In addition, the test has been cancelled at 70 test locations worldwide.

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    Happy Easter!

    The Department will keep closed from God Friday til Easter Monday, and locked all other days due to the situation with the coronavirus. The administration, including Student counsellors and Student offices, will be off work from Maundy Thursday.

    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.

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    Vacancies: PhD student in Translation Studies with a focus on Interpreting (2). Deadline 4/15

    The dissertation work will be carried out within the subject area of Translation Studies, which has two branches: interpreting and translation. We are now looking for two PhD students in Translation Studies with a focus on interpreting.

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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.

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    The online Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law is launched

    The Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law (LMNL) is a multilingual reference work designed to make terminology from several medieval legal texts more accessible to English-speaking audiences. It is intended to function as a general lexicon of medieval Nordic legal terminology in use before the national laws.

    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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