Swedish for immigrants (sfi)

Sfi, Swedish for Immigrants is a basic training program for adults in purpose to give basic skills in Swedish language.
Solna stad is in charge of information and application.
How can you apply? Who is entitled to study sfi?
Here you find information about sfi in English.
For other languages, please use Google translate.

The sfi tution give you opportunities to develop an ability to verbally and in writing communicate in Swedish in everyday life, social life, working life and education. Tuition is free of charge and the school got all the books you need.

Who is entitled to study sfi?

If you are from a country outside EU you must:

  • be registered in the municipality of Solna and do not have basic knowledge of Swedish
  • have a personal identity number (personnummer)
  • be at least 16 years old
    You apply via sfi-anmälan at vux.solna.se/student.länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

If you are an EU/EES-citizen and have a coordination number or a personal identity number (personnummer) you must:

  • be registered in the municipality of Solna and do not have basic knowledge of Swedish
  • have a coordination number or a personal identity number (personnummer)
  • be at least 16 years old
    You apply via sfi-anmälan at vux.solna.se/studentlänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster.

If you are an EU/EES-citizen without personal identity number or coordination number are you entitled to study sfi you must:

  • live in Solna (have an address in Solna)
  • visit the City of Solna's contact center for help with registration.
  • bring your passport to show citizenship. Solna stad (Kompetensförvaltningen) will keep a copy of your passport. Only for the purpose to secure that we have all information concerning your sfi-application. After that the copy will be destroyed.

If you are not an EU/EES-citizen but have a residence permit in a EU/EES-country are you entitled to study sfi, you must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • live in Solna (have an address in Solna)
  • visit the City of Solna's contact center for help with registration.
  • bring your residence permit and passport. Solna stad (Kompetensförvaltningen) will keep a copy of your passport and residence permit. Only for the purpose to secure that we have all information concerning your sfi-application. After that the copies will be destroyed.


Studypaths sfi

Sfi consist of three different paths, 1-3 with four different courses, A-D. Your studylevel depends on your educational background, your prior knowledge or by earlier languagetest.

• Kurs A - B Study path 1. For you who have little or no schooling.

• Kurs B - C Study path 2. For you who have primary education, are highly educated but need to study at a slower pace.

• Kurs C - D Study path 3. For you who have higher education, experience of language learning and have the ability to work independently.
You can read more about the study-paths and courses at the web-site of The Swedish National Agency for Educationlänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster.

There are several different schools that offer different times. Find information about times, places and schools on the page Skolor sfi (in Swedish). You sign up via a web form. In the application you must choose a school and time for your studies. You can find the registration for sfi on the website vux.solna.se/student/sfilänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster After you have completed your application you will get a message from the school about when you can start. If you have questions about when you can start, please contact the school.

Do you need help?

If you need help with your application for sfi you are welcome to visit Solna Vuxenutbildnings visitcenter inside Solna centrum during visiting hours for drop-in. Go to visiting hours.

Live in Solna

After registration you will get a confirmation by e-mail or letter from the school you have choosen. In most cases you are able to start within 2-3 weeks after registration. Every school admit new students every 14:th day except during Summertime.

Do not live in Solna

If you like to study sfi in Solna, you must go trough the municipality you live in. It´s your municipality who decides if you can study in Solna or not. Read more on webbpage Information inför dina studier/Studera i annan kommun.

For how long is the education ongoing?

Course time varies, depending on your educational background, previous knowledge and planned course of study. It also depends on what way you choose to study, during daytime, evenings, Saturdays or by distance.

Change of time or school

Do you want to change time for your studies? Talk to your school.
Do you want to change school during ongoing studies?
Talk to your school, tell them that you want to quit. Choose a new school and make a new application. To sfi-applicationlänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster


There is no Summerholiday for sfi-studies.
Tution is ongoing whole year and there is no break for Summer-holiday.
If you have own plans for Summer-vacation you have to fill in a application for Summer-leave. The school where you study provide this application.

After finishing an sfi-course you can receive a grade after every separate course. The scale of passed grades are five; E, D, C, B or A. If you fail you will receive grade F. If the teacher don´t have enough information to decide a grade due to your absence you get an -.
You can also ask for a certificate.
Read more about certificate and how you can make an order on this side.

If you live in Sweden and need a certificate of your knowledge in Swedish you have the possibilty of examination of course B, C and D. Even though you already have a certificate you can always make a test and examination. Read about the possibility on page Prövning och validering (in Swedish)

You are not entitled to student finance (studiestöd) from CSN (Centrala Studiestödsnämnden) when you study sfi.
Read about student finance on the webbsite CSN.selänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

Certain rules apply if you receive unemployment benefit (A-kassa) and in the same time study sfi.
If so, you have to check with Arbetsförmedlingen. Read more on Arbetsförmedlingens website.länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

Special rules apply if you are registered in Solna but wish to study in another municipality.

Special rules also apply if you are not registered in Solna but wish to study in Solna municipality.

Read about studies in another municipality on the website Studera i annan kommun.


If you already are qualified and have a university or vocational degree from your native country, you can study Swedish for professionals (sfx). These courses have focus on your profession with the purpose to quickly find a work to match your profession.

As a citizen in Solna you apply for sfx via Solna Vuxenutbildning even though you may study in another municipality than Solna.

Read more on the website Swedish for professionals(sfx)länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

You have the possibiltity to study to a profession in combination with sfi-studies. You study vocational courses on upper secondary school level and have practise on a workplace. Make an application on webbsite solna.se/student.länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster
To find the vocational courses in combination with sfi, specify SFI in the application area according to this picture.

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