Adjustment in tuition fee for International Students due to classes being conducted online

Adjustment in tuition fee for International Students due to classes being conducted online

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International Students started this petition to VICE CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE Högskolan Väst - University West and

This petition is being filed to put some light on the international fee paying students from outside EU who have taken loans from their home countries and are not receiving the satisfactory usefulness of resources for what they are paying for. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the quality of receiving education has declined significantly because of untested methods of teachings that are dubious and unreliable and majority/all of the classes are being held online instead of conducting classes on campus, which is understandable as safety measures. But, we as international students are going through a really tough time due to this situation. 

From an economic standpoint, the fee that is paid entails the utilization of the university’s resources such as (but not limited to): labs, library, events, facilities, study spaces, networking, workshops, infrastructure and attending lectures in person. Since we as students are not even going to the campus, none of the resources are being utilized and thus calls for a immediate re-evaluation of the circumstances. If it was just about taking classes online, multiple online platforms offer free and advanced courses with better utilization of resources as they have been working to develop those online amenities for a much longer time. Under the current circumstances, the point of paying a full tuition fee stands defeated. Social distancing inadvertently would also distance students from their peer groups (which is also a secondary purpose of getting educated in a foreign country). So, in the light on above mentioned key pointers, there should be a proper calculation and research done for what amount of fee that the students have paid to the university should be refunded in consideration of these unfavorable circumstances. 

The University West Administration is urged to consider the above recommendation on humane/ethical grounds. Looking forward to a positive and pragmatic response, to mitigate the suffering that the international fee-paying students are enduring right now.

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