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Professional Swedish for Master students

This course in Swedish for Master's students doing their second year 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 second year at KTH and with previous studies of basic skills in Swedish (A1+A2).

All students who passed the course Swedish for Advanced Beginners are eligible. Other applicants must take the placement test before applying.

The course is not open to exchange students or to Master's students doing less that four semesters at KTH.

Placement test

For reference: European Common Reference Levels: self-assessment grid

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 can be issued if the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • All compulsory assignments passed
  • Attendance in seminars

Learning outcomes

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


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

Schedule Autumn 2024

Eleven classes every Monday at 16:00-18:00 on KTH Campus with start on 2 September. No classes during the exam weeks. Rooms tba.


The application form for Autumn semester 2024 will be available on this page from 3 June to 25 August. On applying, you will receive an automatic confirmation. 

Apply here!


Mr. Mateusz Moszkowicz: