Education in Swedish for immigrants, SFI, is basic education in Swedish for adults who don´t have Swedish as their first language. Swedish for immigrants is its own type of school. The education is divided into three different study paths depending on the student´s previous educational background and study goals.
Study path 1, courses A + B
For those with brief or no education (0-5 years) from their country, not able to read or write and/or are not familiar with the Latin alphabet.
Study path 2, courses B + C
For those with primary and secondary school education (6-9 years) from their country
Study path 3, courses C + D
For those with education equivalent to high-school or higher education (10 years or more) from their country.
Who can attend SFI?
You have the right to attend SFI courses as an adult (as of July 1st the year you turn 16) with no basic knowledge in Swedish. You must also be registered in a municipality.
Who is responsible for SFI?
Each municipality has the overall responsibility of offering education to those eligible for SFI, and the education should start as soon as possible. If there are no apparent reasons, the education should start within 3 months. It is the responsibility of the municipality to ensure the quality of the education provided.
The registration takes place at the municipality you are registered in. The first time you register, you will need to bring a proof of identification (personbevis) from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket), as well as ID (passport, ID or driving license). Visit Skatteverket to order a proof of identification.