Study Abroad: Swedish as a Foreign Language - Levels 1-8
Course · 60 credits
This programme is designed for students seeking a unique Scandinavian study abroad experience and who are interested in acquiring and developing a Swedish language skill.
The Swedish beginner’s language course has a rapid progression and by the end of the first semester (level 4), you will be able to understand radio and television programmes on current affairs or topics of personal interest.
By the end of the whole course, you will be able to
- understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
- understand television programmes and films without too much effort
- read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers present attitudes or viewpoints
- interact with native Swedes with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining your views
- present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects and employ various styles of writing, selecting a style appropriate to the reader in mind.
To achieve this, the course is thematically organised and communicative activities are an integral part of each lesson.
The programme includes two semesters of full-time studies (60 ECTS). To be eligible for the second semester, you must pass level 4 during the first semester. 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. A grade of Pass on the whole course SFSH60 meets the requirement of Swedish proficiency for admission to Swedish higher education.
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. Depending on where you studied, you may meet the English requirement for the course or programme you applied to through upper secondary studies. Find out if that is the case for your country of study on www.universityadmissions.se/. If the English requirement is not met by your secondary school diploma, you need to upload other proof of proficiency in English (corresponding 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 more under English Language Requirements on www.universityadmissions.se.
Read the information carefully on the Admission website (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 all necessary documents have been uploaded.
Admission and selection
Please note that we have more applicants than we can admit, and we need to make a selection.
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Phone: +46 46 222 34 48
Email: peter [dot] marthinsson [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
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.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Your selection at www.universityadmissions.se
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
28 August 2023 - 2 June 2024
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Start Spring Semester 2023
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
16 January 2023 - 14 January 2024
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 that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- 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 (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is 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. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
* Svensk student?
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 110 000
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 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
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 Master's level.
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.