Swedish courses

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.

Swedish for Academics

Registration for courses starting this autumn is now open.

Umeå University offers beginner courses in Swedish aimed to international staff members.

The courses are on three levels, Swedish for Academics 1, 2 and 3. 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 on Tuesdays or on Thursdays between 4 - 6 PM and consists of a total of 28 hours of lessons during 14 weeks.

The course is organized by the Department of Language Studies in cooperation with Office for Human Resources. Department of Language Studies will issue certificates of attendance to participants who successfully complete the course. 

More information about the courses

Swedish For Academics level 1

Course description

Swedish for Academics level 2

Course description

Swedish for Academics level 3

Course description


How to apply

1. Get an approval from your supervisor
Your supervisor must confirm that you can take the course and accept to be invoiced the course fee by sending an email to Linda Bergéli at the Office for Human Resources linda.bergeli@umu.se

2. Register to the course
Fill in the registration form by using the link below. Registration deadline 2022-06-03.

Link to Swedish for Academics 1

Link to Swedish for Academics 2

Link to Swedish for Academics 3

Note that: both steps 1 and 2 must be completed.
Course fee 5 000 SEK, registration is binding! If your supervisor's confirmation or your own registration is missing, we do not consider you to be registered to the course.

3. Confirmation
If you are admitted to the course you will receive an email with more information.


Do you have any questions?
If you have any questions about the content of the courses, you can contact: Gabriella Morén, Department of Language Studies

If you have any questions about other things, you can contact Linda Bergéli, Office for Human Resource


Other ways of learning Swedish


Swedish for immigrants courses 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.
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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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Linda Bergéli
HR Strategist
Human Resources Office
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