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Universities in Sweden Cease to be Tuition Free for International students from 2011

A lot have been said and discussed about tuition free Universities and colleges in Sweden, Netherland, Norway and some other European Countries. The truth is that tuition free education Institutions have long exited for international students in some countries and the positive impact of free tuition in these countries in the lives of African and international students can not be over-emphasized.
Beginning with the autumn semester 2011, Sweden will be introducing application and tuition fees for some international students who apply for courses and programmes at universities and university colleges. An application fee of 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) must be received by the deadline indicated in order for your application to be processed.

Recently, 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 do not charged any types of fees to study in their universities and colleges. All students-regardless of nationality-have been funded by Swedish taxpayers. The Swedish government now wants to reallocate some of this money to higher education institutions that show particular excellence, so as to meet Global competition for talent which is on the increase and to have Swedish universities compete on equal terms with universities in other countries.

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 exempt from fees, as their studies are regulated by agreements between Swedish and foreign universities. Thus, the new rules apply only to oversees/international students from outside the EU/EEA.
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 in compensation for it’s current decision.

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 International students from outside the EU/EEA. The budget will be SEK 30million (€ 3 million) for 2011, and will be increased to SEK 60million for 2012.
This will give qualified students who lack the appropriate funding the continued opportunity to study in Sweden. Additionally, foreign students subject to fees would be fully insured through the national health care system.
Moreover, the Swedish government recently introduced more liberal labor migration laws, making it much easier to move to Sweden for work-or stay in Sweden after studies. Students that have a job when their student permit expires can easily change this into a work permit. Also, there is no set quota for work permits for foreign citizens.

Below, are some relevant questions and answers about the proposed bill collected from the website linked below.

TUITION and APPLICATION FEES

– Why is Sweden planning to introduce tuition fees?

A vast majority of the European Union’s member countries charge tuition fees and the Swedish government wants Swedish higher education institutions to compete on equal terms. Also, the government wants to use some of the money that today finances foreign students’ fees to award institutions that have shown particular excellence. In the long run, this will make Swedish higher education even more attractive in the increasing global competition.

– Will students who begin two-year studies in 2010 have to pay fees in their second year?

No, students who start a program before tuition fees are introduced will be able to complete their studies according to the rules of the old system.

– Will the fees apply to exchange students?

No, those students who take part in an exchange between a Swedish university and university in their home country will not be subject to Swedish tuition fees.

– How high will tuition fees be?

The fees will be set by the institutions themselves. They will cover the full cost of studies. Therefore the fee levels may vary depending on the type of course and institution, and in what part of Sweden the course is given. The most expensive master’s programs may cost more than SEK 100,000 per year. Many other study programs are likely to cost considerably less.

– Will there be application fees?

The government has decided that there will be application fees, starting with autumn semester 2011. The exact cost has not yet been decided. Details will be posted on the website below when they become available.

– When will tuition fees need to be paid?

When applying for a residence permit for studies before coming to Sweden, students need to have paid for the first semester of their studies, at minimum. As before, students need to show that they can support themselves during their stay in Sweden, see next question for details.

– What is the cost of living in Sweden?

The amount of money that you need to have to cover your cost of living is SEK 7,300 per month. This amount is set by the Swedish Migration Board and you will need to show that you can cover this cost for the duration of your study permit.
– What will be the total cost for studying in Sweden?

The total cost will be one to three years of tuition fees (depending on the study program), plus one to three years of the required amount to cover your living expenses, i.e. SEK 73,000 per year (calculated for ten months).

– Why don’t students from EU countries have to pay fees?

Higher education in Sweden is funded by taxes and is therefore free for Swedish citizens. As a member of the European Union, the rules for Swedes also apply to citizens of other EU countries.

SCHOLARSHIPS

– Will there be scholarships?

Yes, the government plans to introduce a scholarship program for students from 12 developing countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia) alongside a scholarship program that is not geographically limited.

STUDYING in SWEDEN

– How can I study for a PhD?

Gaining admission to PhD programs in Sweden is very competitive. Studying for a master’s degree in Sweden gives you a chance to show that you can excel in your studies, which will make it easier for you to gain admission to a PhD program at a Swedish university.

– What is the language of instruction?

Most courses are taught in Swedish. However, a large number of courses at master’s level are taught entirely in English because institutions want to be able to attract foreign as well as national students.

WORKING in SWEDEN

– Can I work in Sweden after my studies?

This depends very much on the subject you have studied. Students that have a job when their student permit expires can easily change this into a work permit. Also, there is no set quota for work permits for foreign citizens. See the current labor shortage list to find out which skills are in demand:

– Will I be able to work during my studies to cover some of the cost?

Yes, you are allowed to work alongside your studies. Please note, however, that for the visa application, you will need to show that you have sufficient funding to cover your living expenses for the duration o
f your study permit, excluding the summer break (SEK 7,300per month, during the semester, i.e. SEK 73,000 per year). In other words, you cannot rely on being able to work alongside your studies to cover your living expenses.
Information Source: Studyinsweden.se

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28 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    I am from Ethiopia .Currently am studying my MA in Teaching English as a Second Language in India I will gradute and get my MA award on April 30,2011.So, I want to continue my study in PhD to your university in Sweden if you give me scholarship/full sponsor.Hence, I need to know the amount of pocket money paid per month for one student and some other processes.Please any one who can help me are welcome.

  2. ikenna says

    Hi. Since you will be completing your MA in April 2011, that means your have enough time to search and apply for a PhD scholarship or fellowship. Most state and public universities and colleges offer tuition free admission in Sweden before this new development from the Swedish Government. The best you can do now is, download a list of the institutions in Sweden that originally offer free tuition admission, contact them individually and find out their plans on financial aid for international students for 2011.

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi,I am mamaru. I need to know about undergratuate scholarships opportunties in sweden. If you know more , please tell me soon. God bless you all.

  4. Anonymous says

    hi
    i am from pakistan and i want to continue my study in sweden i done b.com and now i want to do mcs from sweden so tell me can i get scolarship at sweden

  5. Anonymous says

    hi
    i am an ethiopian that iam gratuated from addis ababa unversity in BA by Geograhpy and enviromental studies in 2010 and now i want to learen my MBA at sweeden

  6. Anonymous says

    im nigerian but i dont see nigeria in the list above, does that mean its not eligible for nigerians?. plus is medicine also tuition free and what are the admission requirements. thank you

  7. ikenna says

    The Countries listed here are ones that already have bilateral agreement with the Swedish Government. Other countries including Nigerian students can still benefit from general international scholarships.

    Some universities require certain fees for specific courses like medicine while some are tuition free for all courses. I'll advice that you inquire from the university you want to study for there medical studies requirements.

  8. Anonymous says

    am a camerounian student in banking and finnce and i wanted to know if it was eligible to ma country and what i need to get this schorlaship.

  9. Anonymous says

    Hi,
    I'm Nigerian currently studying microbiology in india.Will be through by july,and i'm interested in studying medicine in either swe?den or finland.Which university do you recommend and how do i go about the admission

  10. Anonymous says

    hello.. pls i jus wanna no if u hv n idea of school in europe[tuition free or cheap school] that do not require GRE. do u have n idea pls. u doing a greet job. please am find it difficult downloadin, pls can u send it to [email protected]. thnxx

  11. Anonymous says

    hello.. plz wats u nuba

  12. Anonymous says

    hello..Iam sudanese doctor working in saudia …i am looking for scholarship for master degree in puplic health any where …what is your advice considering my nationality?

  13. Anonymous says

    Hi am K O from Ghana and I hold certicate in construction from the polytechnic, I would like to find out if I can apply for a dergee program in one of Sweden universities where they pursue civil engineering or building management. this my email [email protected]

  14. Brook Hundito says

    in need study phd program.
    in sports

  15. Neye Chilldude D Greatman says

    I will like to know how I can apply.

  16. Mwl Mwinyimkuu S A says

    I need to study masters of education planning and management in Norway.

  17. Akinropo Abike says

    a nigerian need to study masters in economics or humanity.

  18. Harry says

    Hello, my name is Harry am from Nigeria, i just completed my B.Sc in Physics with electronics. I look forward to obtain my M.Sc from a swedish university. Please do you think there is opportunity for me to get a free tuition there?
    Kindly reply [email protected].

    thanks

  19. Julie says

    Hello
    i am a nigerian, i hold a degree in Education/English Laguage n i am seeking for a unique oppourtunity to study abroad, with little or no tuition fee.
    Pls i wuld appreciate if i am informed… via [email protected]

    Thanks.

  20. OSAYANDE, Odaro says

    Kindly assist me with details of how I could apply/get or secure full scholarship for PhD in Library and Information Science/Studies. I have a Master degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria Thank you.

  21. Osayande Odaro says

    Kindly assist me with details of how I could apply/get or secure full scholarship for PhD in Library and Information Science/Studies. I have a Master degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria Thank you.

  22. yinka says

    I am a Nigerian and i intend to study as an undergraduate in Sweden but require financial.i read that you have a category of scholarship that is not geographically limited.Am i eligible to apply for this and how do i go about it?
    Thank you

  23. Alexander Zeweldi says

    I am from Ethiopia Currently am studying my B.S.C in electrical and electronics TECHNOLOGY so I need to continue my study masters degree in electrical engineering to your university in Sweden if you give me scholarship/ full sponsor.I need to know the amount of pocket money paid per month for one student and some other processes.Please any one who can help me are welcome. –

  24. Kenneth Zifawei says

    I am a Nigerian just wondering of the possibility of a scholarship to study Molecular Biology at Masters level in Sweden?

  25. Adeyemo Emmanuel Adekunle says

    AM A NIGERIAN,I AM SEEKING A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IN SOCIAL WORK IN SWEDEN,PLEASE FURNISH ME WITH ANY AVAILABLE UNIVERSITY

  26. Spencer Chidawanyika says

    from Zimbabwe what is the state of our country towards scholarships

  27. Spencer Chidawanyika says

    from Zimbabwe what is the state of our country towards scholarships

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