As we reported here back in 2008, Sweden has been looking to make changes to their higher education system for some time now that would see international students being charged to study at Swedish Universities. It has taken some time, but the effective September 2011, all international students (from outside of the EU) will be charged a fee to study. Traditionally Sweden has been free for international students, and for that reason it has attracted a lot of students from around the world.
The new fee structure that will come into place will see students being charged around 125,000 SEK, which equates to around $19,500 USD, a year. This is a huge shake up for the higher education system in Sweden and is part of wider public spending cuts by the government.
According to the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, half of the 36,600 international students enrolled at Swedish universities in 2008-09 were from outside Europe. Initial data also shows that the new fee structure is already changing students behavior with applications down over 86% compared to 2010 for students from non-EU countries.
Git Claesson Pipping, general secretary of the Swedish Association of University Teachers, said: “What we expect is that the number of courses given to master’s students at that level will decrease. We have too few home students who study scientific and technical courses.”
To read the full article, please see the Time Higher Education.
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