Non-European students to be charged tuition fees

Finally, the official confirmation for the introduction of fees:

The Swedish Government, on the 10th September, said:

“In the 2010 Budget Bill, the Government proposes that foreign students wishing to study in Sweden should pay fees.”

Read the full press release in English.

Note that the press release identifies a grant system, but details of this must wait until the Autumn.


The Swedish Government will vote on tuition fees for International Students on the 17th March 2009.

Updated: February 4th 2009, once again the government delays the vote and fees look to be pushed back until 2011.

The most recent information from  the Swedish Government says that the vote on the proposal for the internationalisation of higher education, which includes tuition fees for non-EU students, will take place on March 17th 2009.

Here’s the link to the pdf which has this information, it’s a list of all the stuff the government intends to vote on and is, unfortunately, only in Swedish. It’s number 102, page 8.

Reading – the text is too short

Forum magazine (the organ of DIK, a Swedish union) has a feature about one of my favourite subjects, reading on the web. The author is Tomas Dalström, the article’s in Swedish, but the main points are:

– Text is more attractive than pictures

– The most common mistake is to have text which is too short

– 92% of readers look at text first, not the pictures

When I first read this, I was surprised by the ‘text is often too short’ comment, but (unless my Swedish has gone completely haywire) he qualifies this by explaining that short text often lacks the necessary words to lock in the readers interest. One of the cool things about the article is that he links content to cash, that all texts are used in some way and have the potential to generate either a profit or, unfortunately, a loss if incorrect. Words equal money – I like that.

I think that there is a happy medium to be found, clearly you don’t want text which is so short that you struggle to get your meaning across. But I still remain to be convinced that reading longer texts on a computer screen is something we can do with any degree of success.

Raspberry Frog has a similar feature about reading, going back over Jakob Nielsen’s eye tracking work. It has some examples of good practice, in their opinion, from the non-profit sector.

And finally, speaking of the non profit sector check out User Experience for Non-Profits which has a good article on recruiting research participants.


Tuition Fees in Sweden from 2010 – Would you still study in Sweden?

The 80 000 Crown question is would you still study in Sweden when our universities start charging fees? The Local has a lively thread about this and there are some thought provoking comments.

The Local also has a more general discussion about fees.

The Local also reported a few days ago that the Association of Swedish Higher Education recently suggested that Swedish universities reject all applications from non EU students. Wow, that’s a remarkable statement to make. The Local also says that this has been strenuously criticised by Sweden’s Higher Education Agency who counter by saying that such an action would probably be illegal. This was news from a while ago, as far as I can see, and was apparently a knee jerk reaction to the difficulties in administrating a growing number of applications.

Andrei Neculau has a provocative discussion about fees on his blog.

Swedish Universities Plan to Charge Tuition Fees – China View. It’s not surprising that a Chinese news site should pick this up, given the large number of Chinese students we get. I assume if it turns up in English on this site then it’s also been covered in Chinese.

Sweden Ending no-Tuition Policy – UPI (I guess they missed out the word ‘fees’ there…)

Update June 2010 – Check out the latest news regarding fees here.