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.

Sfi provides basic knowledge in the Swedish language and knowledge about Swedish society. All courses and course materials are free.

Good to know about SFI

  • You must be registered in the City of Stockholm (the municipality) if you are not a resident you have to contact your municipality.
  • You must have a residence permit and you must be at least 16 years old. 
  • You should have received your full national registration number.  

EU/EEA Citizens or citizens of Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA citizen or citizen of Switzerland you should have a right of residence (for work, studies) and be a resident in Stockholm. Bring your passport (to show citizenship). 

Most of the schools can offer lessons for both day and evening hours. The daytime courses typically involve 20 hours per week, while evening courses are about 6 hours a week. If you have specific reasons, you can be given a customised timetable. Some sfi-schools also offer courses at distance.

SFI courses are taught at multiple levels. The level you should join is determined by a educator at Vuxenutbildningscentrum, depending on your educational background, your future plans, etcetra.

There are many kinds of SFI courses designed to suit your particular needs.

  • Study option 1 - Course A, B, C and D 
  • Study option 2 - Course B, C and D 
  • Study option 3 - Course C and D

You can read more about the various study options and courses at Skolverket (the Swedish National Agency for Education) website.

The duration of the course varies depending on educational background, previous knowledge and planned study option.

You can receive a grade for courses B, C and D. If you already have a grade from previous SFI studies, please bring it to Vuxenutbildningscentrum.

When you complete a course, you are given a grade. If you want to have your grade on hard copy from courses A, B and C you need to contact the Vuxenutbildningscentrum (Adult Education Center).

Grades from course D will be sent to your home. If you have not achieved the course objective, you will be given a certificate confirming your knowledge level instead. 

If you have a secondary or college education from another country, you can contact the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) for an assessment of your grades.

If you are interested in a profession, SFI has different professional specialisations for occupations such as child care, retail workers or truck drivers.

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