Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sweden's Free Education Extended for Non EU Students

If you're hoping to study in Sweden and you're not a European citizen, better send in your application right now! The days of a free university education for foreign students from outside Europe are numbered in Sweden, but the exact number of days just increased by 365. A one year delay in finalizing a proposal to charge tuition, currently free to all foreign students at universities in Sweden, means that the free education will reportedly continue for new, non European students until 2011, according to a report out today in the Swedish online newspaper The Local. The Ministry of Education says that the tuition charging measure is not expected to be introduced in Sweden's parliament until October and that the bill is not anticipated to become law until January, 2011 at the earliest. Under the bill, universities would decide how much tuition to charge independently.

How much will you shell out to study in Sweden as a non European student once/if this proposal passes? The report in The Local says it would work out to an estimated average of 70,000 to 80,000 Swedish kronor ($9,000 to $10,000 dollars) per year.

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