Course code: SFSH20
Swedish title: Study abroad: Svenska som främmande språk - nivå 1-8
ECTS credits: 60

The information below is about this semester. The course is also given spring semester 2022. Choose semester above for more information!

Teaching – autumn semester of 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our courses and programmes. Teaching and assessment during the first half of the autumn semester 2021 will be conducted both online and on campus. From 1 November more elements will be conducted on campus – the current schedule is available on course websites and/or in Canvas.

Study period: autumn semester 2021
Semester: 1
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2021-08-30 – 2022-06-05
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-E1811
Eligibility: General requirements for university studies in Sweden

Introductory meeting: 2021-08-30 at 10:30 – 12:00

Teachers: Fredrik Persson, David Petersson, Sandy Åkerblom


This programme is designed for students seeking a unique Scandinavian study abroad experience and who are interested in acquiring and developing a Swedish language skill. 

Learning Swedish

The Swedish beginner’s language course has a rapid progression and by the end of the first semester (level 4), you will be able to understand radio and television programmes on current affairs or topics of personal interest. 

By the end of the whole course, you will be able to 

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar 
  • understand television programmes and films without too much effort
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers present attitudes or viewpoints
  • interact with native Swedes with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects and employ various styles of writing, selecting a style appropriate to the reader in mind.

To achieve this, the course is thematically organised and communicative activities are an integral part of each lesson. 

The programme includes two semesters of full-time studies (60 ECTS). It is given by the Centre for Languages and Literature. At the end of successfully completed studies the student will receive a transcript and certificate. For students currently studying a degree, the home university will need to approve whether the ECTS credits from the programme can be transferred to the current degree programme. A grade of Pass on the whole course SFSH20 meets the requirement of Swedish proficiency for admission to Swedish higher education.


The course requires basic eligibility for university studies, with the exception of Swedish. To show that you fulfill the requirements, you need to send in your Higher secondary school diploma and transcript. Depending on where you studied, you may meet the English requirement for the course or programme you applied to through upper secondary studies. Find out if that is the case for your country of study on, by clicking “Find out more”, “English language requirements”, “Upper secondary (high school) studies” and then go on to the “Country specific information page”. If the English requirement is not met by your secondary school diploma, you need to upload other proof of proficiency in English (corresponding to English course 6 in the Swedish upper secondary school) by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. See more under English Language Requirements on

Read the information carefully at the Admission office about what documents you need to send in and how. Also make sure to log in to your account to check that everything has arrived.

Admission and selection

Please note that we have more applicants than we can admit, and we need to make a selection.


  1. Swedish as a Foreign Language, Level 1, 7.5 ECTS
  2. Swedish as a Foreign Language,Level 2, 7.5 ECTS
  3. Swedish as a Foreign Language,Level 3, 7.5 ECTS
  4. Swedish as a Foreign Language, Level 4, 7.5 ECTS
  5. Swedish as a Foreign Language, Level 5, 7.5 ECTS
  6. Swedish as a Foreign Language, Level 6, 7.5 ECTS
  7. Swedish as a Foreign Language, Level 7, 7.5 ECTS
  8. Swedish as a Foreign Language, Level 8, 7.5 ECTS

Important dates – autumn semester 2022

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Day Lund, full time
In English
August 29, 2022 – June 4, 2023

Last day for application January 17, 2022

Important dates – spring semester 2022

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Day Lund, full time
In English
January 17, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Closed for applications

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

Full course tuition fee: SEK 110,000
First payment: SEK 55,000
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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


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