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:
  • Revised: 2012-06-07
  • Revised by:
  • Applies from: week 24, 2012
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements (except the Swedish language requirement).
  • Responsible department: Department of Scandinavian Languages

Decisions and guidelines

The course is a freestanding course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students with foreign education backgrounds and native languages other than the Scandinavian languages and Finnish will have acquired 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 life

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

  • be able to talk about themselves and their everyday life
  • be able to verbally communicate at a very simple level in Swedish
  • be able to passably understand when they are addressed concerning topics that concern themselves and their daily life
  • be able to generally understand short conversations about familiar topics


Systematic reading and practising of basic grammatical structures and principles of pronunciation. Reading of textbooks. Exercises in pronunciation. Exercises in listening comprehension. Basic exercises in oral and written communication. 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 seminars and group exercises.


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

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 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 24, 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


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