Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

English: Level 1


Course code: ENGA03
Swedish title: Engelska: Grundkurs
ECTS credits: 30


NB! The information below was about spring 2017. The course is also given this semester. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: spring 2017
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2017-01-16 – 2017-06-04
Language of instruction: Swedish
Eligibility: General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: English 6
Application code: LU-74201

Introductory meeting: 2017-01-16 at 13.15 – 17.00: Humanisthusets hörsal

Teachers: Fabian Beijer, Birgitta Berglund, Frédérique Granath, Henrik Gyllstad, Francis Hult, Sara Håkansson, Mats Johansson, Marie Källkvist, Kiki Lindell, Satu Manninen, Ellen Turner, Cecilia Wadsö-Lecaros


English is the most important language for international communication. If you have a good command of written and spoken English, you will have an advantage on the job market and elsewhere. English is also the dominant language on the Internet and in movies, TV, music and computer games.

Studying English at university level is therefore a good idea , whether you want to take a BA in English or just want to add a semester of English to your other studies.

English level 1 is the first and most basic English course at university level. However, since English B/English 6 from Gymnasieskolan is a requirement, you can understand that the level is considerably higher than that at Gymnasieskolan, so we expect all students to be well prepared, highly motivated, and ready to work hard.

Most of the modules are available for exchange students with the right academic background, but the modules that presuppose good knowledge of Swedish (Vocabulary and the translation part of Grammar and Translation) and are only available to students who are proficient in Swedish.

The contents of the course (English level 1, ENGA03)

The main focus of the course is on increasing proficiency and communicative skills (reading, speaking, listening, writing). You do not need to choose between literature and linguistics, and you should not expect the academic level of the course to be very high. Instead, the course will prepare you for further academic studies in the field of English

English level 1 consists of a number of modules. It is important that you realise from the start that these modules sometimes run in parallel, just like you are used to from school.

These are the modules:

  • Phonetics
  • Grammar and Translation
  • Written Proficiency
  • History and Culture
  • Literature
  • Vocabulary

The phonetics module explores the sounds in English and how they are produced and described. You learn how to read and write phonetic script and get a better understanding of pronunciation differences between English and Swedish.

Grammar and Translation deals with general grammar and Swedish grammar. You learn some of the terminology needed to understand what is written in grammar books and discuss grammar with others. You also focus on the grammatical differences between English and Swedish, knowledge that's extra useful when translating from one language into the other.

Written Proficiency is an academic writing course which teaches you what you need to know to produce a basic, academic essay. You learn how to work with sources and refer to them. We view writting as a process so you will hand in several versions of your essay and both give and receive feedback.

History and Culture is about the history and culture of the British isles and how this knowledge can be used to better understand the present-day situation (language,culture, society, etc.).

In the module called Literature you study a number of literary works in order to learn more about society, culture and language in the English-speaking world.

In the Vocabulary model, finally, you broaden your vocabulary while learning about how to expand your vocabulary more efficiently.   

After English level 1 (ENGA03)

When you finish this course, you will be eligible for the continuation course (ENGA21). We believe that the more English you know and the more English you study at university, the more competitive you will be on the job market. One semester of English is good, but not always good enough. To go on to be an English teacher or a translator, you normally need at least 90 credits of English (three semesters).

  1. Phonetics and pronunciation, 4 ECTS
  2. Grammar, 6 ECTS
  3. Translation, 2 ECTS
  4. Written proficiency, 5 ECTS
  5. Literature, 6 ECTS
  6. History and Culture, 3 ECTS
  7. Vocabulary, 4 ECTS


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions