International Swedish

Svenska – International Swedish Courses 1 & 2

17 August 2020 – 27 May 2021


Welcome to learn Swedish with us!

In Finland we have two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. At our school the main language is Swedish. Our courses provide basic knowledge in Swedish and knowledge about Finnish society. Studies are full-time and consist of five lessons per day, Monday to Friday, from August to May. The courses are free of charge and include lunch and afternoon coffee.

If you have an integration plan or other with the TE-Office you can also participate in the courses as part of your plan and receive financial support for your studies. More information here and here at TE-Office homepage.

We teach Swedish at two levels:

Svenska – International Swedish Course (Svenska 1)

This is a course for beginners. We learn by speaking, listening, reading and writing, but the main focus is on oral communication. You will achieve the basics of Swedish so that you can understand and make yourself understood in various everyday situations. The aim of this course is to reach a language competence equivalent to level A1-2 of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Svenska – International Swedish Course (Svenska 2)

This course requires a basic knowledge of Swedish. If you have not participated in Svenska 1 at our school we will do an individual assessment test to define your language level. In comparison to Svenska 1 this course focuses more on the written language and language competencies needed at work. The aim of this course is to reach the level B1-2 of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Central subjects in both courses

  • Language training in everyday situations

  • Language correctness

  • Introduction to Finnish culture and society

  • Practical language training and projects

  • Study and employment guidance

  • Study visits and tours

  • Practical work-placement to enhance your daily language skills and possibilities to create work-related contacts (two weeks in spring)

Students must have reading and writing skills in the latin alphabet. .

At the end of every school year we organize a 2-3 day long trip together to some place to practice our Swedish. In the last years we have visited Stockholm, the Åland Islands and Ostrobothnia. Where to go next time is something we decide together with the group.

Language certificate

If you need a language certificate to be used to demonstrate your language proficiency in a work application or assignment or for further studies we can help you to participate in the national language proficiency test for adults. The test is also required if you want to apply for Finnish citizenship. As Finland is a bilingual country you can choose to take the test either in Finnish or Swedish. The test assesses participant’s oral and written language skills. Read more here.

Contact and further information

Programme Director: 
Katinka von Kraemer | Tfn. 050 5388 829 |

Borgå folkakademi, Runebergsgatan 16-18 in the centre of Borgå.

Study fee:
The studies at Svenska 1 and 2 are free of charge, including lunch (Monday-Friday) and afternoon coffee (Monday-Thursday).

If you need accommodation you can board in the school’s dormitory connected to the school.
Cost 190 €/month in a shared double room or 250 €/month for a single room, including breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and also afternoon coffee and supper Monday-Thursday.
Further information about accommodation and costs can be found here.

Last application day is 7th of August 2020.

Apply here – application form

Please feel free to contact us in case you have questions or need assistance.
Phone +358(0)19 576 9500 or send e-mail

We withhold the right to change the contents and offers in our courses and educational programmes.