Basic Swedish

Basic Swedish is a language course for exchange students and international Bachelor's and Master's students at Uppsala University. In August each year, there is a four week intensive beginners’ course. During the semester, the course is administered by the department of Scandinavian languages. It runs part time twice a week.

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.

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.

Are you an international Master's student in Uppsala, and want to apply for Basic Swedish 1, 2, 3 or 4, spring semester 2020? We will publish an application link for you on this website. The application form for Master's students in Uppsala opens on December 2, 2019.

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. 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.

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. 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


The application for Basic Swedish autumn semester 2019 is closed.

More information about Basic Swedish autumn 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).