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 2018 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 consists of a mix of lectures (to over 500 students at once), section meetings led by teaching assistants, and online exercises. Its aim is to give an introduction to the Swedish language. After finishing the course, the students 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 messages, e.g., in the street, in stores, and cafés.
  • fill in forms and write short messages in Swedish

Swedish culture

The culture part of the course is given as lectures and study visits, and aims to introduce the student to life in Sweden, as well as give an understanding of the Swedish culture and history.

Schedule

Swedish Language: Lectures and training sessions: Mondays 17-18.30, week 37-50

Swedish culture: Lectures Wednesdays every second week, week 37-48 + study visits to be announced.

Application

An application form will be available here  from August 26 to September 3 2019.

After the application period has clossed, a letter of enrollment will be sent to admitted students.

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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