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Students illegally charged university fees

Published söndag 7 juli 2013 kl 11.22
Uppsala University, Sweden's oldest higher education institution, Photo: Erik Thyselius/SR

Swedish and European students have been forced to pay for university studies here, although all higher education in Sweden is supposed to be free. They may now turn to the legal authorities to sue for damages.

The newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the students, two Swedish and eight from other European countries, took part in an exchange program called Erasmus Mundus at Uppsala University and the Luleå Institute of Technology. Uppsala University’s Katarina Westerlund tells the newspaper that the 8400 euros per student for the three semester program has gone straight to the Noha network and International Humanitarian Action, who are behind the Erasmus program.

Uppsala University hasn’t kept a single krona of the fees, she says.

Lawyer Karin Strömgren of the Swedish Higher Education Authority tells Dagens Nyheter that the students can turn to the Chancellor of Justice to seek damages.

The only legal fees that can be charged for higher education in Sweden are for students from outside the European Union and EES areas.

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