If you are new in Sweden and taking part in the Establishment Programme, the Intensive Year could be an opportunity for you. Over a period of one year, you can study at a fast pace or do an intensive full-time internship at a place of work, in combination with spare-time activities. The goal is for you to find a job quickly.

What is it?

The Intensive Year is intended for people who are new in Sweden and taking part in the Establishment Programme. Participants can study Swedish at a fast pace or do an intensive full-time internship in order to find work quickly.

You will be encouraged to meet up with a mentor and take part in other activities in your spare time that will help you to learn Swedish. The goal is that after completing the Intensive Year, you will be able to find a job in a specific field or profession. When you have finished the Intensive Year, you will be given a certificate of knowledge which describes what you have achieved and your language and occupational skills.

The Intensive Year has a special focus on gender equality, the goal being that both women and men will find work to the same degree.

For whom?

  • The Intensive Year is for people participating in the Establishment Programme.
  • You must have at least 12 months of the programme left.
  • You must be able to take part full-time.

This is how it works

  • We will begin by discussing your previous education and work experience with you.
  • We will assess whether the Intensive Year would be suitable for you.
  • Together, we will decide which occupation or field of work would suit you.
  • We will draw up a plan of activities that you will benefit from.

Some examples of activities are:

  • Language classes if you need to gain a basic knowledge of Swedish: Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) or vocational SFI.
  • Assessment of your occupational skills.
  • Intensive internship.
  • Guidance and motivating meetings with an employment officer on the basis of your needs.
  • Support from a mentor who has work experience in Sweden in the field that you want to work in.

During your Intensive Year, we will follow up on how things are going and give you the support you need. Participation in the Intensive Year programme is voluntary.

Financial support

People taking part in the Intensive Year programme can get an allowance from Försäkringskassan called “establishment allowance”. In order to get that allowance, it is important you follow the plan that we will draw up together with you.


During the time you are participating in the Establishment Programme, you are covered by personal injury and group life insurance. Moreover, your employer can get compensation from the state if you were to cause any damage at your place of work.

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