Learning Swedish through "Swedish for Immigrants"
Swedish for Immigrants (normally known as SFI) is a part of the public adult education system in Sweden. The purpose of the scheme is to provide learners with basic Swedish language skills.
Immigrants must be given the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate in Swedish - verbally and in writing - in everyday situations, social settings and working life. Swedish for immigrants must also prepare learners for further studies. Municipalities are required to offer Swedish language instruction to all adult immigrants who lack basic Swedish language skills. This should normally begin within three months of registration of residence in the municipality. Depending on the learner's educational background and previous knowledge, she or he is placed in one of three differently paced study tracks, with the right to progress to course D in study track 3, regardless of which track she or he started on. The training is paid for by the municipality in which the immigrant lives and applications are made to the municipality's adult education department (“Kommunens vuxenutbildning”).
Links to more information about Swedish language training (not SFI):
Learning Swedish at Folkuniversitetet, a nation-wide adult educational association
Learning Swedish via distance learning
Learning Swedish through the Swedish Institute