Professional Swedish for Master students

This course in Swedish for Master's students doing their third semester at KTH will help you develop your language proficiency to an intermediate level, usable at Swedish places of work.

Eligible students

Fee-paying or scholarship-holding Master's students doing their third semester at KTH and with previous studies of basic skills in Swedish (A1+A2). The course is not open to exchange students, or to Master's students doing less that four terms at KTH.

Admission will be based on: 

  1. your grades
  2. a language placement test
  3. a motivational letter
  4. (if needed: an interview)

Certificate in Intermediate level of Swedish

Participation is free of charge. The participants will not receive academic credits after completing the course, but a certificate if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • All compulsory assignments passed
  • 75% attendance

Learning outcomes

The main purpose of the course is to help you develop your Swedish from an elementary level (A2) to an intermediate (B1), where you can use the language independently. The focus will be on professional language used in the workplace, thereby helping you finding employment and functioning in the Swedish labour market.

The expected learning outcomes for the course mainly refer to the level B1 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

On completion of the course, the student should, in addition to what is specified in courses at lower levels, be able to:

Listening comprehension

  • understand the main content of clearly spoken standard Swedish on subjects that concern well-known phenomena and fields of personal interest
  • follow instructions from other engineers
  • broadly understand many radio and TV programmes in slowly and clearly spoken Swedish about current issues or about subjects of personal interest

Reading comprehension

  • understand authentic texts, such as descriptions, written in high-frequency language on familiar engineering topics

Spoken interaction

  • use a range of simple language to deal with formal and informal situations, and suggest solutions
  • interact in a conversation about work and ask questions to develop the topic of conversation

Spoken production

  • recount current work and previous experiences
  • present data, describe specific processes and deliver a presentation about a topic within a familiar field of engineering

Written production

  • compose succinct definitions and produce simple text to inform readers about familiar topics in the engineering field
  • use the conventions of formal correspondence

Course main content

Exercises in understanding and expressing oneself in somewhat more nuanced Swedish. Exercises in pronunciation, prosody and spoken interaction; Conversations, discussions and presentations. Reading of texts within general subject areas. Production of written texts of a personal and everyday character.


The course will meet at Campus KTH twice weekly during the autumn. Preliminary dates and times are Tuesdays and Thursdays 16:15-18:00 most weeks in period 1 and 2, starting on week 36.


Rivstart Yrkesliv. Recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be listed in the course information or in a similar way.

Assessment of level and admission requirements

The course presupposes basic skills in Swedish (A2). The course is limited to 20 students. Admission will be based on your grades, a language placement test and on a motivational letter. If need be, we will interview candidates to the course in mid September before making final selection. Before you apply, please use the following tools for self-assessment of your present level:

Motivational letter

An application without a motivational letters will not be evaluated for admission. The motivational letter should:

  • be about one page long
  • be written in English
  • tell us why you want to take this course
  • tell us what your expectations of the course are
  • tell us what you plan to do with your Swedish in the future!

Please send the motivational letter to .

Application and deadline

The application form will be found on this page during the period of application. On applying, you will receive an automatic confirmation.

The application period is from May 15 to June 15, for the Autumn 2019 course.

Apply here!


For questions about registration, eligibility etc, please contact:

For questions about learning outcomes, course content etc, please e-mail Mateusz Moszkowicz.

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Last changed: May 06, 2019