Syllabus for Basic Swedish 1

Basic Swedish 1

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 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:
  • Applies from: week 07, 2012
  • Entry requirements: Basic eligibility for university studies (except the Swedish language requirement) is required for admission to the course.
  • Responsible department: Department of Scandinavian Languages

Decisions and guidelines

The course is a freestanding course.

Learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to help students with foreign education backgrounds and native languages other than the Scandinavian languages and Finnish to acquire basic skills in the Swedish language and some knowledge about Swedish society.

Part 1. Reading Comprehension and Writing Proficiency (4.5 credits)
After completing the course, students will:

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basics of Swedish language structure

  • have a basic vocabulary of everyday words and phrases

  • be able to read and comprehend simple texts

  • be able to write short, simple texts about themselves and their everyday lives

Part 2. Listening Comprehension and Oral Proficiency (3 credits)
After completing the course, students will:

  • be able to talk about themselves and their daily lives

  • be able to verbally communicate at a very simple level with Swedes in Swedish

  • be able to passably understand when they are addressed concerning topics that concern themselves and their everyday lives

  • be able to generally understand short conversations about familiar topics


Basic knowledge of Swedish language structure. Exercises in prosody. Basic vocabulary. The principles of sentence structure. Introduction to Swedish university and study environments.

Part 1. Reading Comprehension and Writing Proficiency 4.5 hp

Part 2. Listening Comprehension and Oral Proficiency 3.0 hp


The instruction consists of lectures and group exercises.


Assessment will be carried out continuously throughout the course. In addition, Part 1 will be examined through a written exam at the end of the course, and Part 2 will be examined through an oral comprehension exam at the end of the course. A two-grade scale (Pass, Fail) will be utilised. Students must have completed required course assignments and final exams for passing the course. There will be a re-test arranged (within a reasonable time after the original exam) for students who fail the final exam.

Other directives

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

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 08, 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Baskurs i svensk grammatik

    Uppsala: Institutionen för nordiska språk, 1997


  • Svenska i Engelska parken : Svenska för utbytesstudenter

    Institutionen för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet, 2011


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26