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Shortcut for academics with an international degree

There are currently a large number of newcomers in Sweden from countries such as Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine that hold highly interesting academic degrees. To benefit from their expertise, Lund University in cooperation with Folkuniversitetet are offering the programme Korta vägen (“The shortcut”) – a project funded by the Swedish Public Employment Service.
Korta vägen

On 8 September, some 80 academic newcomers, mostly Syrians, were welcomed to a Korta vägen introduction meeting at Lund University. Anaesthetists, lawyers, architects, environmental engineers, specialist physicians in gynaecology and others had the opportunity to learn about Lund University and the education process in Sweden.

Korta vägen is a labour market project aimed at newcomers with a university degree or at least three years of academic studies in their home country. The aim is to promote an effective entry onto the Swedish labour market through additional academic training.

Participants are also offered internships, Swedish language tuition, civic orientation, information about the Swedish labour market, and lectures via Lund University on relevant topics, such as the Swedish gender equality model.

“It feels great to be able to help with the last piece of the puzzle, getting newcomers onto the labour market, so they can integrate into society”, says Christer Ekdahl, customer relations manager for the project at Lund University’s Commissioned Education.

In addition to a series of lectures and specific training programmes available upon request, Lund University is offering access to its libraries and a large database of publications and research material.

The training involves 26 weeks of full-time studies and will continue with a new group of applicants before the end of the year.

About the programme:

Korta vägen has two stated objectives. By participating, the proportion of international academics that obtain relevant work on the Swedish labour market shall increase. Course participants who, despite participating in Korta vägen, are not yet able to obtain work in their field shall proceed with their studies in higher education, for instance doctors or other professionals requiring registration who may need further qualifications to be permitted to work in Sweden.

The training is intended primarily for newcomers who obtained a Swedish residence permit less than three years ago.

To participate, you must be registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service and be legally eligible to work in Sweden. Your language skills will also be tested to assess and predict your ability to learn Swedish, and you must be able to present documents that verify your previous studies.

Lund University is a partner in the project together with the main provider Folkuniversitetet.

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