British students part of recovery in Sweden from dive in international student numbers
Written in News & Updates on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 03:21

Swedish universities are looking to build on the first signs of recovery in the international student market, following the collapse in overseas applications when ‘full-cost’ tuition fees were introduced for non-European students in 2011. But they face a massive uphill task. The number of international applicants fell dramatically, from 132,000 in 2010 to 15,000 in 2011, after students from outside the European Union and European Economic Area – EU-EEA – were told to find around €10,000 (US$13,300) a year in fees. A fall in foreign student enrolments was fully expected in the wake of introducing these fees.  

However, the latest applications data shows signs of recovery. In 2012, there was a 24% increase in the number of applicants compared to 2011. One  important change is in the way Swedish universities promote themselves abroad, with a new focus on attracting non-fee paying students from other EU-EEA countries to make up for some of the shortfall from Asia and Africa.

[above: Lund University]

Germany is the top European country in terms of students being offered places this year, with 624 admitted students. Greece is next with 451 being admitted, followed by the UK with 429 students offered a place this year. Note that figures only show the country from which the students have their bachelor degree and not their citizenship. For example, of the 429 admitted students from Great Britain in 2013, 395 were not required to pay because they were EU-EEA citizens, while 34 had to pay.

[extracted from University World News]