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International students

KTH Language and Communication teaches modern languages, communication, rhetoric, intercultural skills and academic writing. We offer you, as an international master’s or exchange student, courses in Swedish as a foreign language and also the opportunity to improve your English in both speech and writing during your study period at KTH.


We offer both credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing courses in Swedish at several levels. The credit-bearing courses are open to all international students. For fee-paying master’s students, we also offer a package of non-credit courses, free of charge.

Credit-bearing courses in Swedish

The courses “Swedish for Engineers” (7.5 ECTS) are offered at four levels: A1, A2, B1 and B1/B2. Classes during the fall and spring semesters are held once a week in small groups on KTH campus. Swedish A1 can also be taken as an online course. In June and August, the courses are offered as intensive courses. To read more about the different courses, please visit the page Credit-bearing courses in Swedish

Application for credit-bearing courses in Swedish

Exchange students

As an exchange student, you apply for Swedish courses in the system MobilityOnline in the same way as you apply for your regular courses. Enter the application code for the level and weekday of your choice. You will then be admitted to the course by your coordinator.

Double degree, dual master and master students

The student registers for the course via a web form provided by the master's coordinator for the program. The coordinator then admits the student to the course, if space is available.

Choosing the right level

If you have previous knowledge of Swedish when you start your studies at KTH, and wish to apply for a higher level than A1, you must take our placement test before applying. You can find the test here:  

Swedish courses, August and Autumn semester 2023

Time, start date, aplication code and number of places.

Non-credit-bearing courses in Swedish

For international fee-paying master’s students, who due to credit limitations cannot take credit-bearing courses in Swedish, we offer an introductory course in the Swedish language and culture every fall semester. The course is free of charge and does not give academic credits. It is given as a combination of lectures and self-study materials and after completing the course, fee-paying students can choose to continue learning Swedish for two more semesters.

Other international students are welcome to apply for the introductory course and will be accepted subject to availability of places, but are not eligible for the two following courses.

You enroll for the introductory course through a web form after arriving in Sweden, in the beginning of the Autumn semester. To read more and apply for our non-credit courses in Swedish, please visit the page Non-credit-bearing courses in Swedish


Our English language courses focus on specific skills, such as technical communication, scientific writing, and clear and engaging speech.

The courses in the autumn and spring semesters are credit bearing. Classes are held once a week in small groups on KTH campus. We also have one online course in English for academic studies.

At the beginning of August each year, we have a non-credit-bearing course in English for academic purposes. For more details, please visit the page Pre-sessional course.

English courses, Autumn semester 2023

Time, start date and aplication code.

Intercultural skills

International students are also welcome to take our courses in Global Competence. Please read more here:

Other languages

Language and Communication also offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The teaching is skill-oriented and focuses on professional life in the technical sector. We emphasize skills needed at a workplace and most of our courses are taught through blended learning (online sessions as well as on-campus meetings) and include individual and group work. Several of the courses include meetings and collaborations with students at other technical universities as well as (virtual) study visits or lectures.

Please note that Swedish is the language of instruction for the A1 and A2 courses. To read more about language courses at KTH, please go to: Learn a language at KTH | KTH