Information in English

Långholmens folkhögskola (folk high school) is an adult education college in Sundbyberg, close to Stockholm city centre.The school is small and personal with about 90 full-time students and 14 staff members. The school building is beautifully set in the Marabou park in Sundbyberg with a closeness to different ways of easily commuting to school; buses, underground, commuter trains, Tvärbanan (tracks laid in the streets). The responsible body, the mandator, for the school is LO – Landsorganisationen (The Swedish Trade Union Confederation).

Studying at a folk high school in Sweden

There are currently 155 folk high schools in Sweden. This way of studying is a way to get back to school as an adult and to gain the necessary knowledge to move on to other forms of education. No matter what programme or course you choose, it is the methodology that sets the folk high schools apart. With a steadfast focus on peer-to-peer learning and student inclusion, the folk high schools offer a study environment where participants can explore and discover knowledge together. Where the teacher does not lecture from behind a desk but chooses instead to engage the students in group work or individual exploration, a methodology suitable for participants who are not always comfortable with formal methods of education. Participatory democracy is a key element for all our courses.

Courses: long/short and general/specialised

The Swedish folk high schools offer two types of courses: long and short. Within the long category, there are two different types; general and specialised. Students may be eligible for student grants from the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN), for both general and specialised courses.

General courses must be offered at all folk high schools.The general classes are designed for students with incomplete sixth-form college/high school/upper secondary school studies. By attending and passing, participants qualify for further studies which normally takes between one and three years. The general courses offered at our school are divided into two levels: secondary and upper secondary levels. The language of instruction is Swedish.

Secondary school

  • Svenska grund (Swedish basic). Equivalent language level to Grund at Swedish For Immigrants.

Upper secondary school

In order to qualify for further studies at university level students normally study between one and three years.

  • Första steget (First step). Equivalent level to the first year at Upper secondary school.
  • Människa och samhälle (People and society). Equivalent level to second and third year at Upper secondary school.
  • Människa och natur (People and nature). Equivalent level to second and third year at Upper secondary school.

A specialised course can be a way of preparing for university studies within a specific field. It can also be a way of exploring an interest or passion that you want to develop. At our school we offer the following specialised courses:

  • Mycket mera svenska (Much more Swedish). Equivalent language level B and C at Swedish For Immigrants.
  • SNOK (Seniors, Nature and Culture). For participants who are work-free during week-days.
  • During spring 2023, we also offer courses in Swedish for Ukranian refugees, as part of the project Care of Folkbildning, funded by ESF – European Social Fund.

Our school also offers a range of short courses, for example in art and for trade union members. There are also a number of distance courses in leadership as well as in literary studies and writing.

 Take a stroll through the school buildning