Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism

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    About us and what we do

    At the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University we are approxinmately 160 staff members doing research on and teaching in the subjects Swedish, Scandinavian languages, Swedish as a second language, Swedish as a Foreign Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies, Bilingualism and second language acquisition for about 3,500 students every year. We offer Bachelor's programmes and Master's programmes, and approximately 70 courses each semester.

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    Do you really need to learn Swedish in Sweden?

    Swedes are good – among the best, in fact – at speaking English as a second language. So should foreigners living in Sweden make the effort to learn Swedish? Only if you want to enrich the experience in nearly every way, argue the linguistic experts at Stockholm University.

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    Courses and programmes

    The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University offers a wide range of courses: Swedish, Swedish for second language teaching, Scandinavian languages (such as Norwegian, Danish, Viking-age and medieval texts), Swedish as a foreign language, translation studies with Swedish as the target language, education programmes for interpreters in certain languages, conference interpreter training, sign language and interpreting courses, courses in bilingualism and Swedish as a second language at the undergraduate level.

    Our research

    Current research in the Swedish Language/Scandinavian Language unit largely fall under the following areas:

    Contemporary Swedish language use in society | The Swedish language system | Swedish historical linguistics and philology.

    Also see our departments: Centre for Research on Bilingualism | Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies

    About our research in Swedish: Forskning

    En hand tecknar en runslinga med en stiliserad person som sticker ett svärd genom slingan

    Runstones from Sweden: Dating by Design

    Rak [straight] Style, Ringerike Style or Urnes Style? By looking at the ornamentation of a runestone, one can determine during what period of time the stone was carved. Watch the project Runic Stories' video, where the researcher Sofia Pereswetoff-Morath shows how you can date runestones from early to late Viking Age

    NCB12

    The 12th Nordic Conference on Bilingualism (NCB12) has been postponed indefinitely

    We regret to announce that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the 12th Nordic Conference on Bilingualism (NCB12) has been postponed indefinitely. New dates will be decided when the situation has gone back to normal and world-wide travel restrictions are lifted.

    VT21 / Spring21

    Both distance and campus teaching at the Department in spring and summer of 2021. FAQ

    The teaching at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism will mainly be online during the spring and the summer semester 2021. There will only be a few opportunities for teaching and examination on campus during the first half of spring. Please read our FAQ: Questions and answers.

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    Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

    Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

    Information about the department's distance learning:
    Mainly distance learning at the Department Autumn 2020

    Q&A on the coronavirus for newly admitted students (the main uni site)