Basic Swedish

Basic Swedish 1–4 are language courses in Swedish for exchange students and international Bachelor's and Master's students at Uppsala University. The courses are for beginners and those with some prior knowledge of Swedish. The aim is to provide the students with basic knowledge of the Swedish language as well as Swedish culture and society.

The Department of Scandinavian Languages offers courses in Basic Swedish both in Uppsala and in Visby.

In Uppsala, Basic Swedish 1 and 2 are offered every semester. Basic Swedish 3 and 4 are offered most semesters, depending on the amount of applications to these levels. During the semesters, the courses run part-time twice a week. In August, we offer Basic Swedish 1 as an intensive course for beginners, with teaching sessions every weekday during approximately one month. Please note: Intensive Basic Swedish 1 is cancelled summer 2020.

We also offer Basic Swedish courses in Visby, for the international students at Campus Gotland. The availability of courses in Visby may vary depending on the number of students interested in the different levels each semester.

The courses have a tuition fee for students that are liable for fees. These students can apply to audit the course free of charge, but will not get registered to the course or receive credits. The courses are free of charge for students that are not liable for tuition fees.

Application to the courses are open during certain periods before each semester. Exchange students apply when they choose their other courses. Bachelor's and Master's students in Uppsala apply here.

About the courses

Basic Swedish is a language course for exchange students and international Bachelor's and Master's students at Uppsala University. All students attending the university as part of an exchange programme can join this course if they apply before deadline. Other international students can apply, however, there are usually a limited number of 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. Registered students who pass the final exam will receive academic credits. Exchange students apply and register for the course through their coordinator, and international Bachelor's and Master's students apply through an online form.

Application and Contact

Application

  • Exchange students choose Basic Swedish when they choose their other courses.
  • Bachelor's and Master's students apply by submitting a form on this website. This application form for Basic Swedish autumn semester in Uppsala 2020 will be open from August 3 until August 24, 2020. 

Contact

If you have any questions about Basic Swedish, first check the FAQ. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact the administrator:

  • Email: basic@nordiska.uu.se
  • Phone: +46 (0)18-471 12 92. Phone hours: Mondays 11–12, Thursdays 13–14.

Basic Swedish is hosted by the Department of Scandinavian languages:

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

The Department of Scandinavian Languages offers the courses Qualifying courses in Swedish as a Foreign Language level 1, 2 and 3 for those who have some prior knowledge of Swedish, and needs qualification in Swedish for higher education in Sweden.

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 content of “Swedish for Academics” is equivalent to Basic Swedish, but is adjusted to suit employees.

SFI (Swedish for Immigrants; Svenska för invandrare) is available for those who are registered in the Municipality of Uppsala, have an upper secondary school diploma or equivalent, a permanent civic registration number and are over the age of 20. Find more information on the Municipality of Uppsala's website.