Study Abroad: Swedish as a Foreign Language - Levels 1-4
The Swedish beginner’s language course has a rapid progression and by the end of the semester (level 4), you will be able to understand radio and television programmes on current affairs or topics of personal interest.
You will also be able to
- enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are of interest to you or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, travel and current events)
- give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
- narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your impressions of it
- write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
- To achieve this, the course is thematically organised and communicative activities are an integral part of each lesson.
The programme includes one semester of full-time studies (30 ECTS). It is given by the Centre for Languages and Literature. At the end of successfully completed studies the student will receive a transcript and certificate. For students currently studying a degree, the home university will need to approve whether the ECTS credits from the programme can be transferred to the current degree programme.
The course requires basic eligibility for university studies, with the exception of Swedish. To show that you fulfill the requirements, you need to send in your Higher secondary school diploma and transcript. You may also need send in proof of proficiency in English (correponding to English course 6 in the Swedish upper secondary school) by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. See English Language Requirements.
Read the information carefully at the Admission office www.universityadmissions.se about what documents you need to send in and how. Also make sure to log in to your account to check that everything has arrived.
Admission and selection
Please note that we have more applicants than we can admit, and we need to make a selection.
More information can be found at https://www.sol.lu.se/en/course/SFSH11
Gunilla Ek Werner: exp_LK1 [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se, 046-222 87 10 (Course Administrator)
Peter Marthinsson: peter [dot] marthinsson [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se, 046-222 34 48 (Academic Advisor)
Seats are allocated according to: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 34 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 34 %, Previous college/university studies (APGR): 32 %. The University board has decided that applicants with equal merits should be seperated by the use of a valid result from the Swedish national university aptitude test.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Your selection at www.universityadmissions.se
Start Autumn semester 2020
daytime Lund, full time 100%
August 31, 2020 - January 17, 2021
Closed for applications
Start Spring semester 2020
daytime Lund, full time 100%
January 20, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
- Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline
*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 55 000
First payment: SEK 55 000
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada and UK student finance