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The Aula Medica building at Karolinska Institutet in Solna.

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Categories: Your life in Stockholm

Education in Stockholm

Publish date: 24 May 2024

Education is a fantastic way to meet new people, learn about Stockholm's culture, and acquire useful knowledge or skills. Below you'll find some links that can help you get started.

Stockholm Academic Forum

Staf, Stockholm Academic Forum, lists 18 Stockholm universities and higher education institutions in the Stockholm region.

Non-formal adult education

Adult educational associations play an important role in the tradition of "folkbildning" ("folk" means people and "bildning" means learning). This kind of adult education is defined by being non-formal, free from government control and, of course, voluntary.

Several adult education associations ("studieförbund" in Swedish) offer a wide 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 partners, and sometimes children, to integrate into Swedish life and get to know some Swedes.

Most courses are in Swedish, but those with a more practical approach may not require extensive language knowledge. Furthermore, there are some combined practical and foreign language courses (e.g. French cooking in French), which could be accessible 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 include dance, photography, music, history, health and fitness.

Links to adult education associations

Click the links below to find out more about each study association. Most web pages are in Swedish, but by contacting the association, information can most likely be provided in English.

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