Methodology & Sources

Statistics Sweden, SCB a government agency that operates under the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education is responsible for all international student data collection.

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, under the direction of the Ministry of Culture and Education is the main governmental entity responsible for setting policies relating to international student data collection in Sweden. International student data sources include: the Higher Education Register (from the SCB); national student records database (from universities); and the Population Register including immigrants (from SCB, Migration Board).

The term used to define an international student is "incoming student." This term is divided into two categories:
1) Exchange student – one taking part in organised exchange
2) Free mover – persons with residence study permits entering Sweden less than two years before beginning their studies; persons entering Sweden less than six months before starting their studies; and persons in student database without a national registration number.

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Source: Swedish Institute

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