Children integration in a new school in Sweden

Hello everyone,

Moving abroad can be particularly hard on children. For any parent planning a move to Sweden, it is of utmost importance to make sure they do everything in their power to make sure their children’s transition is as smooth as possible. Would you be able to give a few tips to parents planning to move to Sweden by answering the following questions on children integration?

What does one need to factor in when choosing a new school for their children in Sweden?

How does one prepare their children for the transition into a new school in Sweden?

How does one help their children integrate into their new school? Any tips to help a child transitioning into a completely different new program or curriculum?

Is there an age period during which a child really should change schools?

What are the signs that a child is having trouble transitioning into their new school?

Tell us how it went for your child in Sweden.

Please share your experience,


Both my kids were born here so I never went through any "new" process as a parent with their education and I couldn't find anyone who has gone through such a process to ask about it either. Since no one else answer to this post even though this is something important to know when people planning to come to Sweden with their kids I link this government website. … h-engelska

Hi, my partner is Swedish, we have 3 children and we have been considering moving to Sweden for some time now. I have been looking at the schooling options and it would be great to hear some feedback from other families who have been through or are going through the process. Personally I would prefer enrolling them in an international school as I imagine the integration might be easier but my eldest daughter likes the idea of a local school as she thinks it will speed up her grasp of the language. Looking on various school websites I see there is a queuing process, how have others found it to secure school places.? So again any advice or feedback would be much appreciated.

Hello, My younger daughter could go before the queue in Internationella Engelska Skolan in Enskede because few in the family starting from her mothers younger sister went there. But eventually we moved our daughter back to a public school again.

If you check statistic you will find out this international schools phenomena in Sweden is a kind of a bluff which started to pop up as it is now for approx 15 years ago. Very few Swedish kids (with Nordic origin from both sides) go to so called international schools, only children to immigrants choose it because of some reason (actually parents do the choosing part, mostly mothers and that was the case with my children too).

This concept international school is a business, owners want to earn money, more students they have more money they receive from government, while public schools are there for education of children, that is for pure service. There is a clear difference between a business and a service.

I also have very bad experiences with another international school in Skärholmen where my elder daughter went for approx two years and compares to that school this school in Enskede is much better.

However nothing above is obviously not an advice, I only share some personal experiences with you. Good luck!

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