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Learning Swedish

Information for admitted students

As a student at Lund University, you have several opportunities to learn Swedish. These include formal Swedish language courses as well as more informal learning opportunities.

Students talking and gesturing in front of the LUX building

Getting started before you arrive

If you would like to learn some basic Swedish before arriving in Sweden and Lund, you can have a look at the Swedish Institute's list of online resources for learning Swedish.

Learn Swedish online –

If you want to study Swedish alongside your degree or courses

If you are admitted to Lund University, you will have several opportunities to study Swedish. The options available to you depend somewhat on whether you are an exchange student or a degree student, the length of your studies and whether or not you pay tuition fees:

An introductory Swedish language course (SUSA, 3 ECTS) is offered during the Orientation Weeks and Swedish language courses (SVEE, 7.5 ECTS per course) can be taken as part of your study plan.

Swedish language courses for exchange students

If you are enrolled in a one-year Master's programme, you can take an introductory Swedish course. You will receive a link to register for this course in June.

If you are enrolled in a Master's or Bachelor's programme of 2 or 3 years, you are eligible for Swedish for Immigrants (SFI). Please note that you will need a Swedish personal identity number (‘personnummer’) in order to be able to apply for these courses. Once you have arrived in Sweden, you should apply for this number at the Swedish Tax Agency (‘Skatteverket’).

Learn more:

Learn or improve your Swedish as a current student at Lund University

Doctoral students are eligible for staff-tailored Swedish courses.  

Swedish for university staff – Lund University Staff Pages

During your time at Lund, you can attend several language cafés where you can practise your Swedish.

You can also consider registering for paid courses at Folkuniversitetet

Learn more:

Learn or improve your Swedish as a current student at Lund University

If learning Swedish is your main purpose

Our Study Abroad Swedish Language Programme is designed for students who want to come to Sweden specifically to learn the language.

Study Abroad Swedish Language Programme