Basic Swedish

Basic Swedish is a language course for exchange students and master students at Uppsala University. Doctoral students who are registred in the Ladok system can join the courses to the extent that there are available places of study. In August each year, there is a four week intensive beginners’ course. This course is administered by Uppsala University International Office and is available only for exchange students. During the semester, the course is administered by the department of Scandinavian languages. It runs part time twice a week in late afternoon or evening.

The information on this site is mainly to students taking the course during the semesters but most of it is applicable also to the intensive course. Find more information about the intensive course here.

There is also a Basic Swedish course for international students at Campus Gotland. The availability of this course depends on the number of international students interested in the course at Campus Gotland each semester.

NO money charged for the courses

There is a rumour going around saying that you need to pay money if you fail the test in Basic Swedish. This is NOT true. Our Basic Swedish courses are all free of charge, no matter if you pass the exam or not. The only consequence there is to failing is that you will not be given credit for the course.

Fee-paying students can attend the course without paying any fee, but will not get credits for the course.


About the courses

Basic Swedish is a language course for exchange students and Master's students at Uppsala University. All students attending the university as part of an exchange programme can join this course. Other international students can apply, however, there are usually a limited number of places available and students will be offered a place on a first come, first serve basis. Students required by their home university to study Swedish will be prioritized.

Doctoral students who are registered in the Ladok system can join the courses if there are places available. The Department of Scandinavian Languages also offers a course called Swedish for Academics, for employees and scholars (not students at the bachelor and Master's levels) at Uppsala University.

Each course consists of 46 hours of instruction and runs part time twice a week in the late afternoon or evening. Students who pass the final exam will receive academic credits. Those who have met the attendance requirements but do not wish to sit the final exam will receive a certificate. Students apply and register for the course through their coordinator once they have arrived at Uppsala University.

Application and Contact


The application for Basic Swedish spring semester 2019 is now closed.

More information about Basic Swedish spring 2019


If you have any questions about Basic Swedish, first check the FAQ. If you cannot find the answer to your question, send an e-mail to:

Basic Swedish is hosted by the Department of Scandinavian languages:

  • Visiting address: Dept. of Scandinavian Languages, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3L, house 16, 2nd floor.
  • Campus map

Other courses

The Department of Scandinavian Languages offers a new course for people with basic knowledge of Swedish (A2 level according to the CERF scale). The course is particularly for those aiming for academic studies in Sweden: Introductory Course to Swedish as a Foreign Language.

We also offer courses in Swedish for employees and scholars (not students at bachelor and master level) at Uppsala University: Swedish for Academics. The course “Swedish for Academics” is equivalent to Basic Swedish.

SFI-courses (Svenska för invandrare) are available for all foreigners with a full Swedish p-number, i.e. with four ending digits. Navet's website contains all the necessary contacs regarding SFI (in Swedish).