Swedish for Exchange Students, Beginners I


Admission requirements

The prerequisite for this course is basic eligibility for university studies in Sweden; however, applicants are exempted from the Swedish language requirement.


Syllabus for students autumn 2018, spring 2018, autumn 2017, spring 2017, autumn 2016, spring 2016, autumn 2015, spring 2015, autumn 2014, spring 2014, autumn 2013, spring 2013, autumn 2012

Course Code:
SV208L revision 1
Swedish name:
Svenska för utbytesstudenter: Nybörjare I
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
The teaching language is partly, or fully, English
Date of establishment:
18 June 2007
Date of ratification:
05 September 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 January 2013

Entry requirements

The prerequisite for this course is basic eligibility for university studies in Sweden; however, applicants are exempted from the Swedish language requirement.

Learning outcomes

The course seeks to provide students with elementary knowledge of and skills in the Swedish language as well as an introduction to Swedish culture and society.
Upon completion of the course, students:
- will have mastered a small basic vocabulary of commonplace Swedish words and phrases;
- can read and understand short phrases and sentences in very simple Swedish;
- can write very simple sentences about themselves and their daily lives in Swedish;
- can talk about themselves in Swedish using very simple sentences and phrases;
- can demonstrate the ability to understand very simple spoken Swedish; and
- can demonstrate mastery of the most basic grammatical constructions in Swedish.

After finishing the course, students will have a knowledge of Swedish that corresponds to approximately 50% of Level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference scale (CEFR).


The students’ oral language ability is monitored through continuous assessment; therefore, students must be present in class for at least 80% of the time. Students who have not been present for 80% of the scheduled lessons must successfully complete an oral examination in order to pass the course.
In addition, the course is examined by means of a written test.

Re-sit examinations:
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams.

Course content

Learning involves the acquisition of both skills in and knowledge of the Swedish language. In addition, students will be given an introduction to Swedish society.

Learning activities

Learning activities are lessons, practical exercises (individual and in groups), role plays, conversation and discussion as well as self-study and writing.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Levy Scherrer, P. & Lindemalm, K. senaste upplagan: Rivstart A1 + A2. Textbok . Natur & Kultur.

Additional [photocopied] material may be introduced by the teacher but no more than 100 pages.

Course evaluation

All students are given the opportunity to complete a written evaluation at the end of the course, and a summary of the results will be made available.

Students may also offer oral feedback during the course.

Student participation is exercised through the course council and through direct discussion regarding the different course components.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Language and Linguistics.

Further information

Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345