Information about Non-formal adult education in Sweden
Adult educational associations play an important role in the tradition of "folkbildning" (translating to #people learning"), something that is deeply rooted in Swedish society. The nature of this kind of adult education is that it is non-formal, free from government control and voluntary for people to participate in.
Several adult educational associations ("studieförbund" in Swedish) in Sweden offer a broad range of courses and study circles in various practical and theoretical areas. Besides the joy of learning something new, these courses provide good opportunities for spouses, and sometimes children, to engage in the Swedish cultural and social life and to meet Swedes.
Most courses are in Swedish, but those with a more practical approach surely do not require extensive language knowledge. Furthermore, there are some combined practical and foreign language courses (e.g. French cooking in French), which could be suitable for people with some knowledge of the language of instruction.
The courses are usually offered during daytime or evenings and for a moderate cost. Examples of courses provided include dance, photography, music, history, health and fitness. Click on the link below to recieve more information about each study association. Most web pages are in Swedish, but by contacting the association, information can most likely be given in English at least.
Direct links to some of the adult educational associations: