Swedish as a second language is an English translation of a natural successor of the Swedish for immigrants (SFI) course and is officially called Svenska som andraspråk, also known as SAS. Have you ever thought about applying for a job in Sweden, you should seriously consider improving your Swedish skills. Having at least limited proficiency is also invaluable for the sake of your own well-being in a working environment, since you probably realize that your colleagues will not always switch to English just because you glamorously entered the office (unless you are Madonna or Queen Elizabeth II). Lastly, it is nice to stop happily tacktacking and hejhejing in response to everything you hear in Swedish (yes, that’s why Swedes look bizarrely at us) and enrich your CV by adding another language, which nota bene allows you to get a grasp of Norwegian and Danish, too. One never know what potential employer may expect from candidates.
Prerequisites for the course: Personnummer and finished SFI course.
The whole application process is entirely electronic and is held by Komvuxcentrum Stockholm. After your final grade from SFI is registered in the system and it is A, B or C (scale A – F with A-E being passing grades), you are elligible for the nivåtest (nivå being a loan word from French niveau, meaning level), which places you in one of the 6 levels of the SAS course, according to your already possessed abilities. The test for people living in Stockholm is organized by Komvuxcentrum in Stockholm, located in Hornsgatan 124. Abstaining from taking the test results in placing a candidate in the first level.
The SAS is a professional course containing 3 basic (grundläggande) levels and 3 more advanced ones. The whole programme leads to a full proficiency in the Swedish language, with each level corresponding to following standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
- SAS grundläggande 1 – 3: B2
- SAS 1 – 3: C1.
Courses with intensive pace last 6 weeks and comprise 2.5h of Swedish class every workday. You can also adjust the course scheme based on your school agenda by attending less time-efficient evening courses. The whole course is free of charge.
As stated before, you don’t really need to see anyone before the course begins. It’s enough to log in to Ansökan till Komvux webpage and apply by going to Studieplan/Ansökan tab. Then the on-line guide will lead you (only in Swedish though) until the end of your application. To check your application status, go directly to Min sida: sökt means that you applied but your application has not yet been gone through; prioriterad means that you may study but there is still too few candidates for the course to open; intagen (taken-in) means that you may study and will probably be contacted by the school you applied for, approximately 2 weeks before the course starts. Inte proriterad and inte behörig (not prioritized, not competent) means, in turn, that you either do lack necessary education to attend the course or there are too many candidates who applied for the same course.
Anyway, if you are taken in and already got contacted by your school of preference, I truly hope that you will enjoy your forthcoming courses. It’s a perfect occassion to make new friends, too!