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.
Programmes of study
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
- training for personnel, or
- 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
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).
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
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).
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).
The Swedish Council for Higher Education may issue the additional regulations required for the application of this ordinance.
- This ordinance shall enter into effect on 1 July 2007.
- 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.