The University

Spouses

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 Proffice (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 program for spouses

International Faculty and Staff Services has designed a three-session program which aims to facilitate the job search process for spouses of international employees. This is a great opportunity to receive information and guidance about how to search for jobs in Sweden.

By attending this program 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 to provide you with inspiration in your job search efforts while living in Sweden. 

Please register no later than 2 April, 2017. Sign up by sending an e-mail to ifss@uadm.uu.se

Please provide us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Your partners host department
  • Length of your stay in Sweden
  • Your educational background

More information about the program