Many universities offer basic Swedish courses for international students. The course is aimed at students without previous knowledge of the Swedish language. Basic Swedish gives you an introduction to the Swedish language through teacher-led training and to an extent self-learning. The course includes 48 lessons and you meet the teacher and your group twice a week. The passed course gives you 7.5 credits and aims at the A1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. There are deadlines for applying for the course and usually, they are until the end of August. If you would like to apply for this course, we advise you not to delay with this as the number of students is limited. For more information about such courses please search your university’s web page.
You can also apply for courses “Swedish for immigrants” organized by the municipality. SFI is the national free Swedish language course offered to most categories of immigrants. They regularly open new groups and have no deadlines. To enrol in these courses, you need to call them or write an email. The number of days per week and the time is regulated by you.
SFI is designed for those who want to acquire fundamental knowledge of the Swedish language. Anyone 16 years of age or older who have received a Swedish personal identity number has a lawful right to free SFI studies and can choose which school to attend.
Duolingo is a language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app. All its language courses are free of charge and the app is available on iOS, Android and Windows 8. You may find yourself at A2 / B1 after passing all the stages offered in this application.
Learning Swedish is an online course in Swedish for beginners with material for self-study for adult learners. The course gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as an insight into Swedish culture and society. All instructions are given in English. Using the learningswedish.se website, a joint project between universities and university teachers in Sweden and abroad and supported by the Swedish Institute, would be also helpful in your journey to learning the language.
Say it in Swedish (www.sayitinswedish.com) – learn how Swedes really speak with free audio lessons, vocabulary lists and videos produced by real Swedes. Be a part of the learning community and get help from the team and your fellow students on the site or on social media.
Swedish 101 – the website 101languages.net helps you learn the 1000 most commonly spoken Swedish words. And the top 100 words come with audio pronunciation.
Myswedish.net is a free online webpage which offers Swedish lessons and vocabulary. Each lesson goes through Swedish phrases, vocabulary and grammar. The lessons are taught in both English and Swedish and have a blog-based look.