Introductory course: Swedish language and culture

This course puts emphasis on everyday life in Sweden and aims to give the students basic, “survival” skills in the Swedish language, as well as an introduction to Swedish history, culture and modern society.

Eligible students

Degree-seeking fee-paying students doing their first semester at KTH, including scholarship holders within this category, as well as students participating in a Study Abroad Programme, are guaranteed a spot in the course.

After finishing the Introductory course, students belonging to this category have the possibility to apply for two more courses in the Swedish language: Swedish for advanced beginners  during the second semester at KTH and Professional Swedish  during the third semester.

Other international students commencing their Master's studies at KTH autumn 2020 are welcome to take the introductory course, but are not eligible for the two courses Swedish for advanced beginners and Professional Swedish. Students in this category wanting to learn more Swedish should instead find out about their possibilities to take our credit-giving courses in Swedish .

Introduction to the Swedish society, language and culture

Participation is free of charge. The course has no compulsory parts or examination, and does not give academic credits. Participants will receive a certificate after completing the course.

Course content

Swedish language

The language part of the course begins in period 1 with a series of interactive Zoom-lectures, aiming to give an introduction to the Swedish language. In period 2, students are offered to participate in conversation classes led by teacher assistants, in order to practice easy everyday Swedish. After finishing the course, the student should have reached the level A1 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in the Swedish language. Students should, for example, be able to:

  • understand basic, naturally-spoken Swedish and participate in very simple conversations
  • understand simple written texts and everyday life-messages
  • fill in forms and write short messages in Swedish

Swedish culture

The culture part of the course is given as interactive Zoom-lectures, and introduces the student to Swedish history, as well as contemporary life and culture in Sweden. The topics are, for instance, The History of a People, Nordic Mythology, and Tradition and Modernity in Sweden.

Schedule

Autumn semester 2020: week 37-50

Mondays 17.00-18.30: Swedish Language

Wednesdays 17.00-18.30: Swedish Culture

Application

An application form will be available here  from 24 August to 2 September, 2020.

A letter of enrollment will be sent to admitted students soon after the application period.

Contact

For questions about registration, eligibility, etc, contact: languagecourses@kth.se

For questions about learning outcomes, course content etc, contact course responsible Karin Borell: kborell@kth.se

After this course

After finishing this Introductory course, fee-paying Master's students have the possibility to apply for two more courses in the Swedish language: Swedish for advanced beginners  during the second semester at KTH and Professional Swedish  during the third semester.

Other international master students wanting to learn more Swedish should instead find out about their possibilities to take our credit-giving courses in Swedish .

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Last changed: Aug 14, 2020