University Fees for Foreign Students

Students from non-European countries will have to pay fees to study at Swedish universities and colleges in future, according to new plans announced by the government today.

Higher education minister, Tobias Krantz, said the changes were needed to make the country more competitive on the global education market and that overseas students will continue to choose Sweden for the quality of the education on offer and not just because it is free.

Fees will be introduced from 2011 and will vary according to courses and locations.

More than 8 million dollars in scholarships will also be available, aimed at exceptional students and students in countries where Sweden has long term development aid agreements.