You have the same right to go to preschool, compulsory school and secondary school as other children who live in Sweden. You have the right to study all subjects and receive tuition in your own language. You shouldn't have to wait until you have learned Swedish to continue to develop your knowledge. It is the municipality you live in that sees to it that you go to school.

What is a preschool?

A preschool is an educational institution for children from age one until they start school. Children start attending preschool at different ages and go there for different lengths of time depending on their parents' jobs, studies or the child's need for a place at the preschool based on the family's situation.

What is a preschool class?

Children attend a preschool class the year before they start the first year at compulsory school.

What is a compul­sory school?

Compulsory school is for all children between the ages of 7 and 16.

What is an upper secon­dary school?

All young people in Sweden who have finished compulsory school have the right to apply for a three-year upper secondary school course – a national programme. An upper secondary school education provides basic skills for further studies and for future life as a working adult.

In order to be accepted to an upper secondary school you must have a passing grade in several subjects from compulsory school: 8 subjects for vocationally-oriented programmes and 12 subjects for programmes seen as a preparation for further studies. If you don't have enough passing grades from compulsory school you can study at an introduction programme. An introduction programme is intended to help students to move on to a national programme or to get a job. An introduction programme, language introduction, is for young people who have not been in Sweden for long and who need to learn more Swedish based on their own needs and wishes.

A person who is between 17 and 24 years old and studies at an upper secondary school programme can in some cases get a longer residence permit in order to be able to finish their education.