Education

Application Fee for Non-EU Students

The Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services wants non-European students applying to Swedish universities to pay a 100 euro application fee. The recommendation, which has been presented to the government for approval, would come into effect fall 2011.

144,000 applications streamed in from non-European students this fall, of whom 18,000 were admitted.

The application fee proposal comes on the heels of another recent motion to collect tuition from students from outside the EU. Currently, Swedish higher education is free.

By introducing application fees and tuition, the government hopes encourage more serious and well-reasoned applications.