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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Expensive for foreigners who want to study in Sweden

Fees for students outside the EU and the EES area and Switzerland will be introduced from the fall semester next year. Each university can decide the fee but all costs for the education must be covered.

Around 120.000 applications from so called third country students. The fact that Sweden has free education had made it very popular to study here. But when the new fees will be introduced there are some worries that Sweden will lose students.

- We are counting on less students next year but we will regain strength. The foreign students are important to us, says Eva Åkesson, prorector at Lund University.

Lund University is the first Swedish university with a price-list for each education programme. A third country student who for example wants to attend a theatre education will have to pay 400.000 crowns (40.000 euro). A natural science education will cost appr. 140.000 crowns per year.

The issue is a bit sensitive since education in Sweden is generally seen as a public good which should be free for everyone no matter the size of the wallet