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Learning Swedish

Information for admitted students
Coming to study at Lund University is also an opportunity to learn Swedish if you are interested in a new language or getting more involved in the Swedish culture.

Smiling student

There are several opportunities to learn Swedish language as an admitted student studying at Lund University. The options available to you relate to the duration of your studies, whether you are studying for a degree or coming on an exchange, and whether you are paying a tuition fee or not.

Before your arrival

If you are preparing to come to Sweden, you can learn some Swedish before your arrival through the free online course Learning Swedish. This self-study course for beginners gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as insights into Swedish culture and society.

The Learning Swedish course on the Swedish Institute website

Exchange students

  • An Introductory Swedish Language Course (SUSA) is offered to exchange students during the orientation weeks, before regular classes start.  Students can choose to sit the exam held at the end of the course, which if successfully completed results in 3 ECTS credits.
  • Exchange students may also apply for a Swedish language course (SVE) as part of their study plan. Each course is worth 7.5 ECTS.

Read more about SUSA and SVE Swedish language courses for exchange students

Degree students 

Students studying a degree programme that is longer than 1 year and who are paying tuition fees (non-EU/EEA citizens):

  • A special 'Swedish for Immigrants (SFI)' introduction course, which is tailored for university students, is offered by Komvux (adult education school) for degree students studying more than one year and who have a Swedish personal identify number from Skatteverket (the Swedish Tax Agency). This course provides an introduction to Swedish language and knowledge about Lund. 
  • Following this introductory course, you can then continue on to study the regular SFI courses provided by Komvux for the municipality you are located in (e.g. City of Lund, Helsingborg, Malmö).

There is no cost for these courses however you must have a Swedish personal identify number from the Swedish Tax Agency in order to sign up. You apply for the Swedish personal identity number once you arrive in Lund. Therefore you do not usually apply for the SFI courses until a few weeks later, once you receive that number from the Swedish Tax Agency.

Read more about getting a Swedish personal identify number from the Swedish Tax Agency website

Read more about the Komvux Swedish for Immigrants courses

Students studying a degree programme that is longer than 1 year, but who are not paying tuition fees (EU/EEA citizens)

  • If you apply for and receive a Swedish personal identity number, you can sign up for the 'Swedish for Immigrants' (SFI) courses provided by Komvux (an adult education school) for the municipality you are located in (e.g. City of Lund, Helsingborg, Malmö).

There is no cost , however you must have a Swedish personal identity number in order to sign up. You do this once you arrive in Lund.

Read more about getting a Swedish personal identify number from the Swedish Tax Agency website

Read more about the Komvux Swedish for Immigrants courses

Students studying a 1-year degree programme and paying tuition fees (non-EU/EEA citizens)

  • An introductory Swedish class, which runs over 2-3 weeks to provide a fun and simple introduction to the language, is offered to students studying a one-year degree programme. You will be sent a link to sign up for this class (approximately early June, for students starting in autumn).

Students studying a 1-year degree programme and not paying tuition fees (EU/EEA citizens)

  • You have the opportunity to sign up for an introductory Swedish class, which runs over 2-3 weeks and provides a fun and simple introduction to the language. Please note that places are limited and are offered to students paying tuition fees first. You will be sent a link to sign up for this class (approximately early June, for students starting in autumn).

All students at Lund University

  • The 'Swedish Lounge' is a weekly social event, hosted by the International Desk at Lund University. Students can practise their Swedish with Swedish students. Some informal lessons take place during the evening. A fika (coffee, light snack) is provided. As it is an informal event, you can come every week or just when it suits you. There is no cost to attend.
  • Folkuniversitetet (a local adult education provider) offers formal Swedish language classes from beginner's level to advanced level. Courses are available in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. Costs are involved.

PhD students

PhD students and post doctoral fellows are considered to be employees at Lund University. The University offers Swedish language courses for employees (SFU courses) - talk to your supervisor or head of department for more details.

Other options available to students not currently admitted to Lund University

  • 'Study Abroad Swedish Language' - Lund University offers Study Abroad Swedish Language programmes in Swedish language that are designed for those who wish to come to Sweden and study the language. This includes one semester programmes focused on either beginner levels 1-4 or advanced levels 5-8. We also offer an intense two-semester programme covering levels 1-8. Completion of level 8 (including a pass on the final test, equivalent to the TISUS test) will enable you to apply for studies taught in Swedish at a Swedish Higher Education Institution.
  • The Study in Sweden website provides other useful links and information regarding opportunities to study Swedish language either from abroad or within Sweden.
  • Learning Swedish is a free online course in Swedish for beginners. The self-study course gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as insights into Swedish culture and society.

Study Abroad Swedish Language programme

Learning Swedish - information on the Study in Sweden website

The Learning Swedish course on the Swedish Institute website

Taking a university course or programme taught in Swedish

If you would like to apply for a programme or course taught in Swedish you must have the knowledge of Swedish corresponding to Svenska B/Svenska 3 at the Swedish 'gymnasium' (upper secondary school). If you are fluent in Swedish and estimate your knowledge of Swedish to the level of Svenska B/Svenska 3, but you have no documents supporting this, you can take the TISUS-test. The TISUS-test is given twice a year at Lund University.  You can do the TISUS test in 60 different locations around the world, on all continents - read more information about the TISUS test (in English). Passing the TISUS-test is equivalent to passing Svenska B/Svenska 3. According to the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency, the TISUS-test in on C1-level.

Taking the TISUS-test at Lund University (information in Swedish)

Taking the TISUS-test abroad (information at the Stockholm University website)

Read more about the requirements to study a Swedish-taught programme at Lund University

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International Desk

Visiting address:
Stora Algatan 4, Lund

Postal address:
International Desk,
Lund University, Box 117,
SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden

Email: studentreception[at]lu.se
Tel: +46 (0)46 222 0100

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