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Sweden: tuition fees and scholarships for non-EU students

Sweden 26 February 2010, 22:22

Sweden introduces tuition fees and offers scholarships for students from outside EU

The Swedish government has presented a bill outlining tuition and application fees for students from non-EU/EEA countries from the 2011/2012 academic year, to be supplemented by scholarship programs.

Up until now, Sweden has been one of the few countries in Europe that has not charged any types of fees. All students—regardless of nationality—have been funded by Swedish taxpayers.

As a member of the European Union, the rules for Swedes also apply to citizens of other EU or EEA countries, and Switzerland. Exchange students are also exempted from fees, as their studies are regulated by agreements between Swedish and foreign universities. Thus, the new rules apply only to free movers from outside the EU/EEA.

2 scholarships of Sweden government

As these non-EU/EEA students add value to the Swedish educational system and are an attractive talent base, the government will introduce two scholarship programs.

  • Starting in 2011, one of the scholarship programs will be endowed with SEK 30 million per year, and is aimed at students from countries with which Sweden already has long-term development cooperations.

    These countries are Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
  • Another scholarship program will be administered by universities directly and is open to all students from outside the EU/EEA. The budget will be SEK 30 million for 2011, and will be increased to SEK 60 million for 2012.

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