International Educator - March/April 2016 - French - F4

France, one of the top destinations for international students,
continues to make their nation attractive
for international study.

FRANCE, a global leader in recruiting international students, has nonetheless faced the same tough
competition for international students as other countries and is taking several steps at the national
level to improve perceived weak points in the experience of international students in the country.
Subject to approval by the French Parliament, a Plan
National de Vie Étudiante (PNVE), or National Student Life
Plan, announced in October 2015 as part of a larger domestic education agenda, and a separately introduced Law
for the Rights of Foreigners, would address the needs of
international students by increasing the availability of visas
and providing assistance to students to help them address
the administrative demands of studying in the country.
The legislation, championed by the French Ministries
of Foreign Affairs and Higher Education, in part responds
to a survey published in 2014 by Campus France, the

French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international
mobility, which found that while most international students enjoyed their stay in France and were pleased with
the education they received, the administration burdens
of studying in the state were onerous.
"I think we are aware that there is a competitive environment for international students," says Béatrice Khaiat,
Campus France's executive director. "Many countries'
higher education institutions are coming on the scene and
are becoming more attractive. While many of the ways to
stay attractive to students relate to the efforts of French
institutions themselves, addressing issues like administrative burdens and visas is also one way to address this. So
this legislation represents one point among others."

A Mobility Leader

EDITOR'S NOTE:

This article is
fourth in an
occasional series
on international
student
recruitment
strategies in
select countries.
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Campus France reports that French institutions hosted
298,902 international students in 2014-2015, up 4.4
percent from the 2010-11 total of 284,945, according to
French government sources. France was the third ranked
destination country for international students in 2012 according to UNESCO figures, with 271,399 international
students, following the United States' 740,482, the United
Kingdom's 427,686, and ahead of Australia's 249,588, and
fifth-ranked Germany's 206,986. By another tally, France
was one of the top five international student destinations
in 2014, following the United States, the United Kingdom,
and China, and slightly behind Germany, according to Institute of International Education's Project Atlas.
Like many leading higher education destinations, rapid
international student growth at French higher education
institutions in past decades has moderated in recent
years, says Patricia Pol, a professor at Université Paris-Est
specializing in higher education issues, including international mobility and previously Paris-Est's vice president in
charge of international development.



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