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Lifelong learning in Swedish and Finnish

With more than 1000 students each year, ASI’s language program is one of the best resources available to learn Swedish, Finnish, and North Sami. With both online and in-person classes offered at all skill levels, students of all ages can learn a new language or practice their skills from anywhere in the world.

Along with traditional classroom formats, ASI offers innovative language learning experiences—book clubs, hiking clubs, music-listening sessions, and more.


Returning students please note!

Your regular class may have a new name. Please review the class descriptions and cross-reference them with the Rivstart edition and volume to determine the appropriate class level for you. If you have any questions, please email Liz Stopka at  Click here to learn more.


Discover more resources for learning Swedish.

Adult Language Programs

Introductory Language Classes

Single-day introductory Swedish and Finnish language classes designed for the curious language explorer.

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Language Expansion Classes

Explore unique subjects through Swedish and Finnish languages over four to five weeks.

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9-Week Language Courses

9-week Swedish and Finnish courses that meet weekly and are guided by specific classroom texts.

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New Class Names

  • Beginning I classes are for new beginners to Swedish. They will start in chapter 1 of the textbook.
  • Beginning II classes continue studies in Rivstart A1/A2.
  • Beginning III classes cover the second half of Rivstart A1/A2.
  • Intermediate I start using the next level of Rivstart B1/B2.
  • Intermediate II classes cover the second half of Rivstart B1/B2.
  • Advanced I classes start using the next level of Rivstart B2/C1.
  • Advanced II classes cover the second half of Rivstart B2/C1.
  • Swedish Literature classes can be at a variety of levels. Read the class description to find out more about the level of the class.
  • Beginning Finnish I classes use Soumen Mestari 1 and start on chapter 1.
  • Beginning Finnish II classes continue studies using later chapters of Soumen Mestari 1.
  • Intermediate Finnish classes cover all of Suomen Mestari 2.
  • Advanced Finnish classes start using the next level of Suomen Mestari 3.