Learning Swedish

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Photo: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se

The Swedish Institute works actively to facilitate teaching of the Swedish language and literature.

Learning Swedish online

Learning Swedish is a free online course in Swedish for beginners. It is a self-study language course with the option to pay for teacher-led instruction. Learning Swedish is a great opportunity for you to learn Swedish in a short time regardless of where you live. Read more about the online course Learning Swedish.

Learning Swedish abroad

Swedish instruction is provided at some 220 universities in over 40 countries worldwide, on all continents with the exception of Africa. The greatest concentration of university-level Swedish instruction is found in Germany, the United States and Russia. Swedish is often included in degree programs in Germanic languages, Scandinavian studies or the equivalent. Learn more about your options if you want to learn Swedish abroad.

Learning Swedish in Sweden

The Swedish Institute organises summer courses in Swedish as a foreign language. We also provide information to other summer courses and links to other alternatives. Read more about learning Swedish in Sweden.

Proficiency test

There are several recognised tests that measure proficiency in the Swedish language. Learn more about proficiency tests.

More on SI and the Swedish language

The Swedish Institute also:

  • supports Swedish instruction by supplying educational materials;
  • provides support to Swedish lecturers sent out from Sweden;
  • organises conferences for teachers of Swedish abroad;
  • provides grants to guest lecturers at foreign universities;
  • supports summer classes in Swedish;
  • administers scholarships for students and teachers of Swedish; and
  • offers a free web course in Swedish for beginners.

The Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) is responsible for the instruction received by children and young people at Swedish schools abroad, while adult education at a non-academic level is supported by the Royal Society for Swedish Culture Abroad (Riksföreningen Sverigekontakt).

Do you already know some Swedish? Read about Swedish literature, music and society in Swedish.