Presentation on theme: "INTRODUCING TUITION FEES – PROBLEMS FACED BY A SMALL UNIVERSITY Eva Carling, coordinator of the International office at the University of Gävle."— Presentation transcript:
INTRODUCING TUITION FEES – PROBLEMS FACED BY A SMALL UNIVERSITY Eva Carling, coordinator of the International office at the University of Gävle
The University of Gävle Forum för internationalisering 23 november Students: Staff : 700 Study programs: 40; programs in English 9 Graudate programs in English: 4 Courses: 1000 Research profiles: Built environment Health promoting working life International students: 643 (5%)
Background – international students at the University of Gävle Forum för internationalisering 23 november 643 international students; of which 135 come from the EU/EES countries 508 from ”third countries” of which 460 from China; the other 48 are free movers mainly from Pakistan and Bangladesh The China project (2006): Agreements in China with 6 universities and 5 high schools, originating from projects in the Linnaeus-Palme program and from strong commitment by Chinese and other faculty members
Strategy - and short term plans Forum för internationalisering 23 november The university has worked out a strategy for admittance, tuition fees and scholarships Strategy and size of tuition fees decided by the Vice-chancellor on October 12th Strategy for giving out scholarships will be decided in December by the Research and study programmes board Procedures for handling admittance, scholarships and tuition fees are in progress
Cont. Short tem plans Forum för internationalisering 23 november Marketing is ongoing; one staff member is assigned to discuss with and adapt the procedures to the Chineses partners Marketing via agents in India started -two staff members have visited India, planned for Russia The university’s web not yet updated with information about tuition fees! Ongoing…
What’s the problem? Forum för internationalisering 23 november What is a bilateral agreement? What if there are too few applicants – can we cancel? What is it the student buys – one instance of a course plus two reexams? Then he/she has to buy a new course instance? Can we be sued?
What else is the problem? Forum för internationalisering 23 november Can a student come next year and take a second round, ie just pay for the courses she/he didn’t pass last year? Will the student get visa then? Can a student pay for a/one years/ program and take more courses than 60 credits without paying extra tuition fee? Can we sell extra courses not included in the program? Language courses are probably candidates for ’extra’ courses’
How about student services? Forum för internationalisering 23 november Accomodation – are universities now allowed to own appartments/dorms? Do we have obligations to arrange for accomodation? The Student union has an agency for accomodation, but it doesn’t work very well for international students Student Health care? other services…inpact on Swedish students expactations!