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Adult Language & Culture Classes

Learning a language and discovering the unique aspects of a culture can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. The American Swedish Institute offers excellent opportunities for adults to learn Swedish and Finnish languages in small and friendly, nine-week classes taught by experienced instructors. If you prefer a shorter gateway to Swedish language and culture, ASI also offers condensed, four-session Kort Kurs courses, two-hour introductions to Swedish as well as music and folklore classes that teach language, geography, and traditions, short story reading in Swedish for beginner to advanced students and book groups. In addition to classes, there are also plentiful entertaining opportunities to deepen your involvement with the culture and meet other like-minded folks through our Nordic Table workshops, the Midsommar Celebration, Julmarknad, music performances, lectures and many special events.

Scroll down for our Summer Language and Culture Class offerings!

Language Classes

Swedish language classes are offered year-round for all levels starting in fall, winter and spring with some classes during summer. Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes over nine weeks. All classes address reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking. Classes run with a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 15. Beginning Finnish classes are offered in the fall of each year.

Fall Term Language Classes begin the week of September 18, 2017.


Check the class schedule for required textbooks, which can be purchased at the ASI Museum Store or by calling 612-870-3378. Students should have their materials on the first day of class.

Additional Language and Cultural Resources

We've compiled an evolving list of suggested language and culture tools and resources including online dictionaries, helpful language "apps" like Duolingo, Swedish contacts and newspapers, Swedish films and music. We also welcome your suggestions.  Please click here to check it out.

Registration, Confirmation, Cancellations

You can register for classes by calling 612-871-4907, visiting the ASI Information Desk or online. Sign up at least one week in advance and get the early bird rate! Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment. Students will be notified only if the class is cancelled. If ASI cancels a class, registrants will be notified at least three days in advance and fully refunded. Students may change levels without penalty during the first week of class.


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Language & Culture