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More scholarships for non-EU students

Development Assistance Minister Gunilla Carlsson

The government plans to grant more scholarships to foreign students seeking higher education in Sweden. In the coming budget, Swedish Radio News reports, the scholarship fund is to be increased from the current level of SEK 100 million a year to SEK 150 million.

Post-secondary education in Sweden is free for citizens of the European Union. The number of non-EU students at colleges and universities here dropped drastically after the government imposed tuition on them in 2011.

The foreign scholarship fund comes out of the development aid budget, and Development Assistance Minister Gunilla Carlsson says she wants to concentrate on young students from Africa, and mentions Mali, Liberia and Somalia as examples.

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