Less than half of the participants were satisfied with how they could influence the planning of their studies in Swedish for immigrants. However, seven out of ten thought that the study material, teaching and learning environment were good.
Nearly half of the participants in Swedish for immigrants during autumn 2008 thought it was difficult to study the course. Women found the studies difficult to a higher degree than men did. There was a connection between the level of the studies and the idea that the studies were difficult - the lower the level of studies, the more participants found the studies to be difficult.
Four out of ten would be influenced by a bonus
Four out of ten believed they would learn Swedish more quickly if they were to receive a bonus of SEK 12 000 for finishing their studies. Half of the participants thought they would learn Swedish more quickly if it were a requirement for Swedish citizenship. In both cases the proportion was higher among men than among women.
Half of the participants pass
Half of the participants have received at least a passing grade in Swedish for immigrants, and the proportion is larger among women than among men.
58 percent of all persons who immigrated during the period 1993-2007 have participated in Swedish for immigrants at some time after immigration. Half of all participants had studied at municipal adult education centres after immigration and one in ten have studied at institutes of higher education at some time.
Seven out of ten have good access to teachers
According to the ordinance about the course plan for Swedish for immigrants, participants are to have access to a teacher for at least 15 hours per week during a four-week period, if individuals have a need for this. Seven out of ten participants had this access to a teacher.
One out of three worked while studying Swedish for immigrants
One out of three participants had work while studying. A higher percentage of men worked than women did. Refugees had work to a lesser degree than other immigrants. Above all, participants who had come the furthest in their studies (level 3) combined their work with Swedish for immigrants studies. Persons with Polish or Spanish as their mother tongue worked to a greater extent than participants with other mother tongues.