• Photo: Eva Dalin
Photo: Eva Dalin

The content of the course

This course provides an introduction to the learning environments and explorative approaches of Swedish preschools. Preschools are highlighted as a venue for children’s participation and influence in relation to children’s rights. The course provides insight into the development and philosophy of Swedish preschools, with links between
the view on children, learning, play, care, and childhood conditions. In addition, the course includes study visits to preschools and other institutions and activities for children.

Student groups

The course is offered for international exchange students and for students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.

Forms of teaching in the course

Instruction is given in the form of lectures, teacher-led seminars, field studies, group exercises and study visits. Specific teaching sessions are mandatory. Absence must be compensated for as described in the study guide.

The course is a full time course, 100% study pace.

Course period

The course is offered spring and autumn semesters.

Autumn semester 2019: October 22 until November 14

Spring semester 2020: March 11 until April 5

Prerequisites and special admittance requirements

60 credits (ECTS) /(one year of university studies) in teacher education, social sciences, natural sciences and/or the humanities (or equivalent). English B/English 6 or equivalent.

How to apply

Dates for application

  • For autumn semester 2019: application period is March 15 - April 15
  • For spring semester 2020: application period is September 16 - October 15


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Exchange student?

Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.
More informatoin for exhange students

International freemover students

International students apply by www.universityadmissions.se

It is important that you document your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information here:

Documenting eligibility (information in English)

Documenting English proficiency (information in English)

Application - a step-by-step guide

Combine courses to study a full semester

Please note that it is possible to combine the following courses in order to study a full semester (30 ECTS) focusing on science, technology, education for sustainable development, mathematics and explorative learning in the context of early childhood education.

UB313F Early Childhood Education Focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability 12 credits (ECTS)

UB308F Early Childhood Education: Explorative Learning, 6 credits (ECTS)
UB314F Early Childhood Education Focusing on Mathematics and Technology 12 credits (ECTS)

Practical information

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

  • Syllabus
  • Course literature (to be published at the latest two months before course start)
  • Schedule (to be published at the latest one month before course start)
  • Study guide (to be published at the latest one month before course start)

Contact information

If you have questions regarding the content of the course please contact the teacher responsible for the course. If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades etc. please contact the course administrator.

Course leder and examiner: Emilie Moberg, email: emilie.moberg@buv.su.se

Course administrator: Malin Håkansson, e-mail: malin.hakansson@buv.su.se

Additional information

Guidelines for groupwork whitin courses at BUV

Stockholm University Library offers self-study courses on-line in English on how to look for articles and literature and advice for writing an essay.

Academic writing service. The Academic Writing Service provides writing support to all students who write their course work, e.g. essays, reports, research papers, theses etc. in English. All services are free of charge for students at Stockholm University.

More information about studying at Stockholm University


Orientation Day for International students

Handbook for students