If you are planning to stay in Sweden for some time we highly recommend that you learn Swedish. It is a great way to get integrated into Swedish society, both professionally and socially. Umeå University offers beginner courses in Swedish aimed to international staff members.
The Swedish for Academics courses are offered on two levels, Swedish for Academics 1 and 2. All levels are mainly based on the content and structure of the book Rivstart A1-A2, but with some adaptation to the academic context and the target group's needs.
The courses are taught by lecturers with training in Swedish as a second language and extensive experience in teaching Swedish for foreign students and staff. Teaching takes place at Umeå University's main campus. The course is held once a week between 4 - 6 PM and consists of a total of 28 hours of lessons during 14 weeks.
The course is organised by the Department of Language Studies in cooperation with theOffice for Human Resources. Department of Language Studies will issue certificates of attendance to participants who successfully complete the course.
Registration for courses starting in autumn 2023 will open in April.
More information about the courses
Swedish For Academics level 1
Swedish for Academics level 2
How to apply
1. Get an approval from your manager
Your manager must confirm that you can take the course and accept to be invoiced the course fee. Ask your manager to send an confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Register to the course
Fill in the registration form by using the links below. You can choose between level 1 and 2. The registration is binding.
Note! Both step 1 and 2 must be completed in order for you to be registered to the course. If your supervisor's confirmation or your own registration is missing, you will not be admitted to the course.
3. Await confirmation
When the registration time has expired we will go through all applications. If you are admitted to the course you will receive an email with more information.
Other ways of learning Swedish
SFI - Swedish for immigrants by Komvux
To take out these courses you need to have a Swedish id-number. They do not cost anything and it might be possible to have a flexible schedule. Contact them for more information.
SFI - Swedish Employment Public Services
Center for adult education
Folkuniversitetet - private courses
Swedish courses are run every semester and normally contains between 1-10 sessions in the evenings. Since these are private you need to pay a course fee.
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