Swedish for immigrants (sfi)

Swedish for immigrants, sfi, is a beginners' course in Swedish. The aim of the course is to continue studying or to improve your chances of finding a job.

In sfi, the number of hours for each course is individual. The total time of the study path may therefore vary, but from course A to course D (to complete the entire sfi) can take just over five years if you study 15 hours a week.

Once you have registered for sfi, you get to talk to a test educator in order to determine which study path and course that suits you the best.

Web application

If you are a complete beginner in Swedish and have a higher education, you can apply directly online:

Our schools

You can find information about our sfi schools, what study paths they offer and where the schools are located on our Swedish website.

Frequently asked questions

  • You must be registered in the municipality of Stockholm. Otherwise you need to contact the Adult Education in your municipality.
  • You must have a residence permit and you must be at least 16 years old. 
  • You should have received your Swedish personal identity number.  

EU/EEA Citizens or Citizens of Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA citizen or citizen of Switzerland and a resident in Stockholm municipality you can study sfi. Be prepared to show your passport. 

Most of the schools offer lessons for both day and evening hours. The daytime courses are Monday-Friday, 20 hours a week. While evening courses are about 2-3 times a week, approximately 6-9 hours a week. If you have specific reasons, you might be given a customised timetable.

When you complete a course, you are given a grade. Grades from course D will be sent to you. If you want your grades from courses A, B and C you need to contact your school.

If you have higher education, post secondary vocational education or upper secondary education, from another country, we recommend you to contact the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), for an assessment of your grades.

If you need a copy of a grade that was issued before July 1st 2016, please contact Vuxenutbildningscentrum.

If you need information in other languages, please send us an email sfi@edu.stockholm.se.