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Ordinance on contract education at higher education institutions

Department/Agency: Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden Issued 10 October 2002 This version contains amendments up to and including the Act on Amendment of the Ordinance on contract education at higher education institutions SFS 2012:718 The translation is not an official translation.

 

Section 1

A university or university college which is accountable to the government and subject to the Higher Education Act (1992:1434) may offer contract education pursuant to the provisions of this ordinance.

Definitions

Section 2

The term higher education institution is to refer below to both a university or a university college and the term contract education to programmes of study that are arranged for a fee to be paid by some entity other than a  natural person for those whom it selects to study.

Programmes of study  

Section 3

A higher education institution may offer contract education only if it is related to the kind of first or second-cycle programmes of study for which it is entitled to award a qualification.
If the contracting entity is the Swedish state or a Swedish local authority agency, County Council or a corresponding public entity from another country in the EEA, in addition to the provisions of the first paragraph above the contract is required to concern
  1. training for personnel, or
  2. training required for labour market or development assistance policy reasons.

In spite of the provision in item 1 of the second paragraph, the contract may concern training for individuals who are not employed by the contracting entity if the training pursuant to a decision by the Government is to be offered at the behest of the Swedish state for a specific category of individuals.

When the contract is not placed by a public entity, in addition to the first paragraph the contract is to concern personnel training that is intended to be significant for the work of the participants for the contracting entity. Ordinance (2010:1779).

Implementation of the courses  

Section 4

Contract education may not be offered in such a way or to such an extent that it has a negative impact on the first and second-cycle programmes to be provided by the higher education institution.

 When a higher education institution arranges contract education comprising studies that correspond to more than 60 credits, it shall inform the Swedish Higher Education Authority of this in writing. Ordinance (2012:718).  

Fees

Section 5

The Ordinance on Fees (1992:191) applies to contract education. The higher education institutions may themselves determine the size of these fees. Fees are to be calculated so that they provide full coverage of costs.

Diplomas and course certificates

Section 6

Participants in contract education may be given grades and diplomas or course certificates pursuant to the regulations for first and second-cycle higher education if the same quality requirements apply to the contract education as to corresponding programmes of study in higher education. This applies even if the participants lack the entry requirements for higher education. Ordinance (2007:424).

Credit transfer

Section 7

Those who have completed contract education of the kind referred to in Section 6 are entitled to recognition of their credits in first and second-cycle higher education. Ordinance (2007:424).

Additional regulations  

Section 8

The Swedish Council for Higher Education may issue the additional regulations required for the application of this ordinance.

Transitional provisions

2007:424

  1. This ordinance shall enter into effect on 1 July 2007.
  2. Those who have begun contract education before 1 July 2007 but not yet completed it are entitled to recognition of their studies as undergraduate courses in higher education pursuant to the earlier regulations, however until no later than the end of June 2015.

Last updated: 23 November 2015