Swedish at a private school

There is a limited offer of private teaching alternatives in Sweden as SFI and SAS cover most of the market with their courses.

However, opting for Swedish at a private school might be a good alternative if you aren’t applicable for SFI or SAS. 

Pros & cons of a private Swedish school

  • comes with classmates, routines and learning structure
  • less flexible than a private teacher but more flexible than SFI and SAS
  • open for Newbies who are not eligible for SFI and SAS
  • classes are generally small and the students motivated
  • courses mostly come with a particular focus (like conversation, grammar or Swedish history)

Private schools that teach Swedish

There are a number of private/semi private options where you can learn Swedish.


Folkuniversitetet is an adult educational association that offers a wide range of adult education. Folkuniversitetet offer Swedish courses all over Sweden and you can choose how much you want to study and when. There are daytime and evening courses. You can study intensively every day or at a slower pace if you would like to combine study with work.

The courses are divided into six different levels in accordance with the scale given in the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). You find Folkuniversitetet in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Lund, Uppsala, Umeå. There are also Swedish beginners classes online and special courses for people seeking asylum in Sweden.

– information in English


Studiefrämjandet is a study association for adult education in Sweden. They work mainly in the field of non-formal life-long learning and are a non-party political and non-religious organisation which is democratically run on a non-profit basis They organise study circles, cultural events, seminars and projects in all of Sweden’s municipalities and also teach Swedish for Newbies.

Note: you can choose your location in the left corner of their website to find out what offers there are in your surroundings.

– most information in Swedish & English


Medborgarskolan is a private school that exists all over Sweden and offer Swedish courses (mainly on beginners level) as well as cultural activities. Their ambition is to stimulate the search for knowledge, to encourage individual creativity and social involvement. Learn more about Medborgarskolan at their website.

– information mainly in Swedish.

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