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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Tuition Fee Experiment

The experimental programme in which foreign students from outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EES) are charged tuition fees began in 2010 at nine universities and ten universities of applied sciences (UAS). All in all, 130 programmes take part in the experiment, which is to end at the end of 2014. During the experiment, higher education institutions may levy fees on students who have bee accepted to higher education programmes taught in foreign languages (i.e. not in Finnish or Swedish).

The required changes to higher education legislation were carried out in 2009. The purpose of the experiment is to determine how degree programmes that are subject to fees influence the internationalisation of higher education institutions, the attractiveness of Finnish higher education, how students choose what and where to study, and the quality of programmes taught in foreign languages. SAMOK actively follows the tuition fee experiment and participates in critically and extensively evaluating it.