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Almost half of PhD students in Sweden come from abroad

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Four in 10 PhD places were taken by international students in 2023, says Statistics Sweden report

Foreign students in Sweden accounted for 41 per cent of all PhD students who started in 2023, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden. The number of PhD students coming to Sweden last year rose by 5.6 per cent on 2022.

The most popular disciplines for foreign PhD students in Sweden are in the natural sciences, followed by technology. In both these areas, foreign students outnumber Swedish PhD students. The report also showed that most foreign PhD students are funded by employment at their host university.

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