Swedish school for new arrivals


SFI Swedish for adults

Age 16 and up

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Instruction in Swedish for Immigrants (SFI in Swedish) is designed for those who need a basic knowledge of Swedish. The students learn Swedish in order to be able to communicate orally and in writing in everyday life, in society and at work. Those who cannot read or write in their native language may have the opportunity to learn how.

To get into SFI you must be 16 years of age, but there is no upper age limit to start studying.

How the programme is organized

The programme is planned, designed, and adapted according to the individual student’s conditions, needs, and goals. Since SFI is directed at people with different experiences, living situations, knowledge and study goals, different people will study the courses at different speeds. This is why the courses start and finish on different occasions for different people.

As a student, you will have at least 15 hours of instruction per week. The instruction takes place in Swedish, but learning to read and write can take place in the student’s native language or other language the student has a good command of. SFI can be combined, for example, with work, an internship or other programme within municipal adult education (komvux) or special education for adults (särvux).

Study paths and courses

SFI has three study paths (1, 2, and 3). Study path 1 is for those who cannot read and write in their native language or have had a brief education, while study path 3 is for those who are more used to studying. Each study path consists of several courses.

As of July 1, 2016, SFI will be included in komvux and the instruction will be more adapted to the individual; this may entail certain changes to the arrangement of the courses.


SFI uses the A–F grading scale, the same – for example – as in elementary school, in upper secondary school and at komvux. A is the highest grade, and F is a failing grade. Grades must be given for every completed course.

SFI at folk high school

There are also opportunities to study SFI at certain folk high schools instead of in your municipality. If you want to study SFI at a folk high school, ask your municipality what opportunities there are.

Would you like to know more?

Contact adult education/SFI in your municipality. There are study and career guidance counselors there who will help you with advice and more information. Contact information is available on your municipality’s website.