Syllabus for Basic Swedish 1

Basic Swedish 1


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5PU028
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: _
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2012-02-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-06-07
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    General entry requirements (except the Swedish language requirement)

  • Responsible department: Department of Scandinavian Languages

Decisions and guidelines

Basic Swedish 1 is a freestanding course.

Learning outcomes

Part 1: Reading Comprehension and Writing Proficiency (4 credits)

Upon completing the course, students should:

  • in Swedish, be able to read and comprehend texts with familiar content and simple structure
  • be able to identify words and phrases that are part of a basic Swedish vocabulary
  • show knowledge of basic grammatical structures in the Swedish language


Part 2: Listening Comprehension and Oral Proficiency (3.5 credits)

Upon completing the course, students should:

  • be able to understand short conversations in Swedish overall
  • in Swedish, be able to describe themselves and their everyday life
  • in Swedish, be able to hold a conversation on an elementary level


This course aims at students with foreign education background and other native languages than Swedish who wants to gain basic proficiency and insight into Swedish culture and society.


This course provides a systematic orientation in and practice of fundamental structures in the Swedish language on a basic level through reading simple texts and fiction, writing exercises, and exercises in pronunciation, listening comprehension, and oral communication. This course contains a variety of tasks and exercises, individually and in groups.


The instruction consists of lessons and group exercises.


The learning outcome of the course is tested through oral and written exams. A two-grade scale (Pass, Fail) for this course is used.


For students who fail to pass the regular exam, a re-exam is organized within a reasonable time after the first one. After contacting the head of the department, a student who has failed a particular exam twice has the opportunity to change the examiner or the form of examination.


If there are special reasons, the examiner may make exceptions to the specified examination method and allow a student to be examined differently. Special reasons can, e.g., be notified of exceptional educational support from the university's coordinator.

Other directives

The course is intended primarily for exchange students of all levels and Master's students, but subject to availability, other students with foreign educational backgrounds may be considered. In both cases, the applicant must be enrolled in the student register (Uppdok) of their primary department at Uppsala University before an application can be granted.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Svenska i Engelska parken : Svenska för utbytesstudenter

    Institutionen för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet, 2011


Last modified: 2022-04-26