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Education and Swedish Language Training

Primary and Secondary Education:
Primary education in Sweden is mandatory for children between the ages of 6/7 and 15/16 and it's free. Children can attend pre-school (förskola) between the ages of 1 to 5. Pre school is very common in Sweden as it aids in the child's development and learning. The most significant aspect of preschool is the gender-aware education theory that is increasingly common in Sweden. Swedish education aims at providing children with the same opportunities regardless of gender, thus a gender neutrality approach to teaching is normal.

Before attending primary school, all children are offered a place in a pre-school class (förskoleklass), which prepares children for primary education. Primary school (grundskola) usually lasts around 9 years is mandatory for all children until the age of 15/16 depending on the child's birthday.

Once children have completed the mandatory primary school, secondary school (Gymnasieskola) follows. Secondary school is not mandatory; however, a significantly large portion of the population attends. Secondary school is usually divided between two streams and lasts 3 years. Students will have the option of preparing for higher education or vocational training. Education is further divided into programs in which students can choose an educational focus such as social sciences or natural sciences.

There are also a few options available for private schooling. Within greater Stockholm, you will find Sigtunaskolan, which offers boarding for boys and girls. Another notable private school is Lundbergs skola, which is located within proximity of Kristinehamn.

There are several international schools in Sweden, particularly in Stockholm. You will be able to find English pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools within the capital region. Most notably are The International School of Stockholm and Kungsholmens Gymnasium which holds an international section. These schools will offer the International Baccalaureate at the secondary level.

Higher Education:
Higher Education is free to all EU and EEA citizens. That said, there are no tuition fees for citizens coming from these regions; however, other educational costs such as housing and learning materials are not subsidized.

Higher Education institutions offer programs taught entirely in English or in Swedish. Sweden is home to many internationally recognized universities such as Uppsala University, Lund University and The Stockholm School of Economics.

Tuition fees for non-EU or EEA citizens can vary anywhere between 110,000 SEK to 150,000 SEK per year.

Swedish Language Training
If you're looking to learn Swedish whilst in residing in Sweden, you will have many different options. The most popular option is to enroll in SFI (Swedish for Immigrants or Svenskundervisning för invandrare in Swedish), which is the publically funded Swedish language course. To enroll, you will simply need your personnummer and proof of address. If you do speak a bit of Swedish, you may choose to take an entrance exam in order to receive a proper placement. Everyone who has legally emigrated to Sweden and possesses a personnummer is legally entitled to the publically funded Swedish language education program.

You may also choose to learn Swedish through private institutions such as Folkuniversitetet or you may seek Swedish courses at a higher education institution. However, Swedish courses at a university are not publically funded. Alternatively, many private firms offer Swedish language training to expatriates.

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