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Published: 03 Jun, 2022 Updated: 10 Jun, 2022, 10:07

Umeå University starts fundraising drive for Ukrainian students

NEWS Students from Ukraine who have come to Sweden via the EU's Temporary Protection Directive are not eligible for student scholarships or student loans. "We want to do our utmost to support Ukrainian students," says Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson.

Text: Johanna Fredriksson

The Temporary Protection Directive provides that students from Ukraine do not have to pay tuition fees at Swedish universities. However, they are not eligible for student scholarships or loans, which makes it difficult for students to finance their living expenses, such as food and accommodation.

For this reason, the University has started a fundraising drive for Ukrainian students studying at Umeå University.

The intention is that everyone who wants to and is able to can donate money. The donations will then go directly to the students. Umeå University will distribute the money twice a year.

"It feels very good to do this during a difficult situation that has totally knocked the feet of Ukrainian students," says Hans Adolfsson. "Our role as a university is to defend core academic values, the freedom of universities, research and higher education, to defend democratic discourse and critical thinking. This initiative is one way to contribute to that."

How you can make a difference

If you would like to make a donation, you can send any amount via Swish 123 095 31 82 or bankgiro 5290-8720. Mark the donation "Ukraina".