Universities in Sweden Compete to Attract Korean Students
Recently, universities in Sweden are promoting themselves actively to
attract Korean students.
Sweden’s major universities are visiting Korea one after another to send
‘love calls’ to Korean students who have outstanding academic
performances and financial support.
Sweden provided free education to foreign students in the past,
but started receiving tuitions from students of non-EU countries in 2011.
One-year tuition is 14,000 euro (17,000 dollars), which is not cheap.
Since then, the number of foreign students has decreased rapidly.
America’s Obama administration has mentioned numerous times that
it should take Korea’s advanced education system as a role model.
Korea’s competition in education is very fierce.
Children do not have much time to play outside and just sit down and study.
They mostly study math, science, foreign languages, and many others.
Some parents wish to give Europe’s relaxed culture to their children
instead of Korea’s intense education.
If Korean people left to America as laborers with American Dream in 1950s,
now they go to Sweden with Nordic Dream, hoping for better education,
leisure life, and stable old age.