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This page provides information for spouses about finding a job and learning Swedish.

Finding a job

One of the challenges of moving to a new country as an accompanying spouse is finding an occupation. A good starting point is the website Work in Sweden which is the official source for information about working in Sweden.

There are a number of established agencies to approach, for example Arbetsförmedlingen which is a national public agency or Manpower and Randstad (Swedish only), both private agencies.

Unfortunately, the International Faculty and Staff Services office is not able to arrange for work or internships/work experience.

Swedish language courses

Please note that although Swedes are happy to speak English, it is still hard to find a job if you do not speak Swedish. There is a cost-free course in Swedish for non-Swedes as soon as you have received your personal identity number, called Svenska för invandrare – often abbreviated as SFI. We recommend you to contact SFI as soon as possible.

SFI in Uppsala

You can also learn Swedish as a foreign language at Folkuniversitetet in Uppsala. The courses are given by teachers who have graduated from university and have extensive experience of teaching Swedish as a foreign language. For more information please contact Folkuniversitetet.

Career sessions for accompanying spouses

Uppsala University strives to be a family-supportive institution, and wants to onboard not only our international faculty but also their accompanying spouses into Swedish culture and work life. International Faculty and Staff Services in collaboration with UU Careers have compiled a list with a number of upcoming seminars and fairs which could help facilitate the job search process for spouses of international employees. These are great opportunities to receive information and guidance about how to search for jobs in Sweden.

The seminars and fairs cannot guarantee employment, but by attending you will get tips on how to write CV and cover letter, what to expect and prepare for a job interview, how to interact with the Swedish job market and get the chance to meet others in the same situation.

We hope these events will provide you with inspiration in your job search efforts while living in Sweden.

Volunteer Fair

A volunteer fair presented by Uppsala University together with Volontärbyrån. Insight into public, social, Charity and non-profit sectors.
time/place 12th September, 11:30-13:30 Blåsenhus. No registration needed.

Traineedagen (Trainee day)

Are you a student or recent graduate and interested in graduate trainee programs? Then Traineedagen is an event for you! At Traineedagen students and young professionals from all over Sweden will get the chance to meet representatives from some of the top graduate programs in the Nordic region. During Traineedagen you can network, attend seminars and get invaluable contacts for your future career. Traineedagen is free of charge for students and young professionals. Tickets are limited and participants will be selected based on their applications.

Time/place 13th October, 10.00-15.30, Waterfront Congress Center, Stockholm, Nils Ericssons Plan 4, Stockholm. Click this link to apply, registration code: UU. 

Successful Job Seeking

Feeling nervous about the future? Don’t worry! The world’s largest job board CareerBuilder, with thousands if vacancies on is hosting a seminar on smarter job seeking and how to make yourself more attractive to future employers. Peter Helin, CareerBuilder’s job search and online recruitment expert, will discuss how to search and apply for jobs more efficiently and with better results, what resources are available and share recommendations on what to keep in mind before, during and after an interview.

17th October, 15:15-16:30, Segerstedt, Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 7, Uppsala Room: Tuvstarren.

Register by sending an e-mail to including your name, your partner’s host department, your partner’s position at Uppsala University, the length of your stay in Sweden and your educational background.

CV and Cover letter – be attractive! A seminar on how to write your CV and Cover letter

What is the Employer looking for in your CV and Cover letter when recruiting? An effective CV/Cover letter will sell your skills and abilities to an employer and help you get an interview. During this workshop hosted by UU Careers you will learn some of the basics of how to write a winning CV/Cover letter and how you can make your existing application more attractive on the Swedish labour market.

You are welcome to make an appointment for an individual CV and job coaching session once you've attended this workshop.

Our goal is to help you increase your chances of getting interviews and your dream job!

13th November, 11:00-12:00

Segerstedt, Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 7, Uppsala

Register by sending an e-mail to including your name, your partner’s host department, your partner’s position at Uppsala University, the length of your stay in Sweden and your educational background.

Start your own consulting business

Having your own business as a consultant is a good platform to get shorter assignments. Drivhuset explains how it works to start up your own business – all the way from idea to up and running business. The lecture is addressed to you who have decided to set up a business, but also to you who are curious and want to learn more. This lecture is part of UU Careers' Career Tuesdays. 

21st November, 15:15-16:30

Segerstedt, Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 7, Uppsala Room: Tuvstarren

Register by sending an e-mail to including your name, your partner’s host department, your partner’s position at Uppsala University, the length of your stay in Sweden and your educational background.

Who can attend the program?

The sessions are open for anyone affiliated to Uppsala University (students, alumni, spouses etc). Ability to attend all sessions is not a prerequisite for registration. Pick and choose the ones that seem interesting and useful to you, be it one or all of them.


Please register to each individual event as described in the information above.

The different events might have a limited number of open spots, please see the info on each event. First come, first serve applies when spots are limited.

N.b. We would like to point out that Uppsala University cannot warrant employment.