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Tuition fees for foreign students to be introduced from 2011

In the 2010 Budget Bill, the Government proposes that foreign students wishing to study in Sweden should pay fees.

In the 2010 Budget Bill, the Government proposes that foreign students wishing to study in Sweden should pay fees.


"Sweden is currently one of few countries in the world that does not charge foreign students fees. Swedish students who wish to study abroad have to pay. It is not reasonable to expect Swedish taxpayers to sponsor foreign students' studies. This undermines the financing of Sweden's higher education institutions," says Minister for Higher Education and Research Tobias Krantz.


The proposal means that foreign students (from countries outside the European Economic Area) will pay for their studies starting in the autumn term of 2011. The universities and higher education institutions themselves will decide how much to charge.


"Education has become a global market. Students can choose between higher education institutions the world over. I think that Sweden should compete in this market by having higher education institutions of high quality, not by offering a free education," says Mr Krantz.


The introduction of fees will be combined with a grant system. The Government intends to present a special bill later on in the autumn with all the details.