Activities and projects for newcomers to Sweden

The university has several ongoing activities and projects aimed at helping newcomers to Sweden. Here is some brief information about the various efforts being made. If you want to know more, please contact the indicated contact person.

If you want to inform us about other activities or give us tips and ideas about new projects, you are welcome to contact us. Please do so by filling in the form.

Track for Academics

The Track for Academics is a temporary work group led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor. The purpose is to see what efforts the university can make to help newcomers to Sweden as well as coordinate the work that is done. The group members are Eva-Lotta Andersson, Development Manager at the Department of Work Life and Social Welfare; Linda Borglund, Coordinator for Equality; Martin Hellström, Pro Vice-Chancellor; Majid Jaffari, Coordinator for Immigrant Academy; Annika Malm, Strategist for Broadened Recruitment; and Veronica Trepagny, Coordinator for Internationalisation for A3.  

Contact: Martin Hellström

Internships for newcomers

According to a government ruling (Reg. 104-16), government authorities are to provide internships for newcomers who are registered at Arbetsförmedlingen (the employment office). The project will last for three years and will be reported to Statskontoret (The Swedish Agency for Public Management). HR is responsible for informing managers and then creating a list of possible internships; 5-10 spots are possible. Arbetsförmedlingen will then match appropriate job-seekers to the spots. Those working specifically with this effort include Birgitta Alfraeus, Director of HR; Carina Theen, Head Safety Officer; Linda Borglund; and Martin Hellström.

Contact:  Birgitta Alfraeus

Student internships for newcomers

The university will make some courses available to newcomers to Sweden who want to try out or reestablish contact with an academic environment. Participants will not be counted as students but rather long-term visitors and will thus not receive formal course credit. Work is underway to identify suitable courses on the basis of their being provided in English and their instructors’ ability to make them available. The initiative is coordinated by the work group Track for Academics.  

Contacts: Veronica Trépagny and Martin Hellström

Immigrant Academy

The Immigrant Academy is an ongoing element of the university where academics of foreign origin receive introduction, training, and guidance. The university has decided to accept students both during the spring and autumn terms, thus being able to accommodate around 25 additional students.

Read more about the Immigrant Academy.

Contact: Majid Jaffari

Scholars at risk

Scholars at risk, SAR, is an international network that aims to help researchers and academics who live and work in countries where war, terrorism, and/or threats to democracy are imminent. Currently, work is underway to strengthen the university’s textile research with a researcher from Syria. Jenny Balkow, Assistant Dean of Faculty with particular responsibility for internationalisation, coordinates this work.

Read more about Scholars at risk (external link).

Contacts: Kim Bolton and Martin Hellström

Newcomer nurses

Within the Faculty for Caring Science, Work Life and Welfare, efforts related to newcomers have been ongoing since 2015. A work group in consultation with health care organisations in the surrounding region has created a possible model for knowledge and competence assessment for nurses from outside the EU/ESS who are newcomers to Sweden. Discussions about preparatory possibilities for validation and training initiatives for nurses with foreign educations are also ongoing. Another area that the group investigates is the ability to offer different types of skills enhancement training.

Contacts: Ingela Höglund and Kristina Nässén.

Visits to gathering places

The university visits assorted volunteer organisations that offer gathering places for newcomers to Sweden, such as Hässleholmens Church and Korskyrkan. These visits are intended to provide general information about the university and higher education as well as more specific information about education validation and Immigrant Academy.

Contact: Majid Jaffari

Researchers’ Café

The Researchers’ Café (Forskarcafé), which the university organises, has recently had the theme ‘Exiles and exclusion.’ These gatherings offer the opportunity to listen to lectures and discuss current issues.  

Contact: Johan Sundeen

Integration Tranemo

Tranemo county has started a project related to the integration of newcomers. The purpose is to create the best possibilities for individuals to live and work in the county and an important factor for this is to have some form of occupation from the very first day. The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Björn Brorström, is a member of the project’s Advisory Board and has blogged about the project.

Contact: Tranemo Kommun. Contact at the university: Björn Brorström, Vice-Chancellor.

Social Impact Lab

Drivhuset and the University of Borås have created a model to work with concrete projects from local organisations related to newcomers and, together with the Student Union (Studentkåren) and the City of Borås, they want to capitalise on students’ abilities and commitment to these issues.

Contact Drivhuset: Sofia Lidenhed, Manager  0767-742203
Nicklas Hagström, Business Developer 0739-096672