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Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

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Sweden:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Sweden:Historical Development

Sweden:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Sweden:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Sweden:Political and Economic Situation

Sweden:Organisation and Governance

Sweden:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Sweden:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Sweden:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Sweden:Organisation of Private Education

Sweden:National Qualifications Framework

Sweden:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Sweden:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Sweden:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Sweden:Funding in Education

Sweden:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Sweden:Higher Education Funding

Sweden:Adult Education and Training Funding

Sweden:Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:Organisation of Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Organisation of the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Assessment in the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Sweden:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Organisation of Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Higher Education

Sweden:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Sweden:First Cycle Programmes

Sweden:Bachelor

Sweden:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Sweden:Second Cycle Programmes

Sweden:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Sweden:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Sweden:Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Distribution of Responsibilities

Sweden:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Sweden:Main Providers

Sweden:Main Types of Provision

Sweden:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Sweden:Teachers and Education Staff

Sweden:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Management and Other Education Staff

Sweden:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Sweden:Management Staff for Higher Education

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Quality Assurance

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Educational Support and Guidance

Sweden:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Sweden:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Sweden:Mobility and Internationalisation

Sweden:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Mobility in Higher Education

Sweden:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Sweden:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Sweden:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:National Reforms in School Education

Sweden:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Sweden:National Reforms in Higher Education

Sweden:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Sweden:European Perspective

Sweden:Legislation

Sweden:Institutions

Sweden:Glossary

Global and Intercultural Dimension in Curriculum Development

Single Structure Education

The aims and tasks to be pursued by Swedish schools, including the ones related to internationalisation, are listed in the national curricula and syllabi.

The Curriculum for the compulsory school, preschool class and the leisure-time centre 2011 (Läroplan för det obligatoriska skolväsendet, förskoleklassen och fritidshemmet, Lgr 11) as well as the Curriculum for the preschool (Läroplan för förskolan) has an introductory section on fundamental values and tasks, prescribing an 'international perspective in education' aiming to prepare pupils for life in a culturally diverse society with increasing cross-border contacts.

The school should work to enable pupils to communicate in foreign languages. Pupils in the compulsory school should also become familiar with the main elements of the Swedish, Nordic and Western cultural heritage and acquire knowledge about the interdependence of nations and continents. Pupils should develop their understanding of other cultures and be capable of communicating in written and spoken Swedish and English.

According to the curriculum the school head is responsible for developing the school's international links, and ensuring that school staff is aware of the international agreements that Sweden has undertaken to observe in education. It is not centrally regulated how municipalities and individual schools should work with international questions, however in most municipalities and schools internationalisation is an integral part of the school plan as well as the local work plan.

Upper Secondary Education

The curriculum for the upper secondary school (Läroplan för gymnasieskola 2011) states that schools should help pupils develop an identity that can be related to and encompass Swedish as well as Nordic, European and ultimately global values. International links, education exchanges with other countries and working experience in other countries should be supported. The education should create international solidarity and prepare pupils for a society that will have close cross-cultural and cross-border contacts.

According to the curriculum pupils must gain a sound understanding of the central elements of Swedish, Nordic and Western cultural heritage, knowledge of international cooperation and global interdependence and ability to asses events from Swedish, Nordic, European and global perspectives.

The school head is responsible for ensuring that the school's international contacts are developed and that school staff is familiar with the international agreements that Sweden has undertaken to observe in education.

Partnerships and Networks

The European as well as many national programmes for mobility in education are administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet). This is where you will find the following: 

  • Support and information regarding international cooperation and academic exchange across the entire educational spectrum.
  • Nordic and European exchange services for state officials and training in preparation for the EU's civil service exams. 
  • Admissions regulations and admission processes for institutions of higher education. 
  • Administration of the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test and information regarding studies at the higher education level.
  • Evaluation of foreign academic qualifications.

eTwinning is an online community for schools in Europe. eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe. 

The Global School is a programme that offers professional development for teachers in topics related to sustainable development, from an environmental, economic and/or social perspective. The programme organises seminars, conferences and courses as well as training courses in developing countries. The Global School is aimed at staff at all levels of education, from preschool to adult and higher education. The programme is administered by The Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet)

The Learning Teacher Network is a European educational network performing as an international platform for professional debate in the vanguard of educational progress. The network embraces practitioners in school, trainers, researchers and other educational experts within the whole range of education from preschool to universities.