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Need-to-Know Language Class Information

9-Week Language Classes

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


Students should come prepared to class with paper, pens/pencils, and their required textbook. Class participants are responsible for having their textbook on the first day of class. It can be purchased through the ASI Museum Shop – stop in and pick up your book during museum hours or order a textbook over the phone (612-870-3364).

Introductory Swedish A100 uses the Kort kurs textbook. Swedish A101 uses the Rivstart A1+A2 textbook and övningsbok.

Registration, Confirmation, Cancellations

You can register for classes by calling 612-871-4907, online or by visiting the ASI Information Desk. 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. For the 9-week courses, students may change/switch class sessions without any penalty during the first week of class.

Classrooms and building

During the COVID-19 pandemic, language classes are held virtually via Zoom. Please read individual class descriptions to learn more.

When in-person meetings can take place, classes are held in either Classroom A or Classroom B located on the Lower Level of the Turnblad Mansion. On your first day of class, stop by the front desk to find out where to go. You’ll then check in with your instructor in the classroom. Note for 8 p.m. classes: If you are signed up for an 8 p.m. class, please note that ASI’s front doors lock at 8 p.m. sharp, and that the front desk staff is only available until 8:15 p.m. We recommend arriving to class a few minutes early.

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; and Swedish films and music. We also welcome your suggestions. Please click here to check it out.

Språkstugan is an informal gathering time for Swedish speakers. Språkstugan will meet on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and is free to attend.