France hits 400,000 international student mark after record growth

This week – the week of ‘la rentreé’ in France, when the brand new educational 12 months begins – Campus France shared the information that, based on latest statistics from the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, the variety of overseas college students enrolled in France elevated by 8% within the educational 12 months 2021/22.

Now, the overall variety of worldwide college students in France, together with apprentices in larger schooling, sits at 400,026, because of the highest progress seen since 2005.

A 2018 technique has a goal of attracting half 1,000,000 worldwide college students to the nation by 2027, and launched a global marketing campaign in 2019.

“All alongside the pandemic, France has proven itself to be an open and welcoming nation in direction of worldwide college students, which might have a long-lasting influence on some worldwide communities,” stated Olivier Marichalar, head of research at Campus France.

This progress is pushed particularly by a rise within the variety of worldwide college students coming to France from neighbouring European nations.

Marichalar instructed The PIE that he believes this is because of “the excessive rankings of an rising variety of French larger schooling establishments in worldwide rankings”, together with the standard of internet hosting providers which establishments have been dedicated to following the ‘Welcome to France’ nationwide technique.

Among the many prime 10 nations of origin of scholars, Morocco stays the very best variety of college students with 46,371 in France.

The variety of Italian worldwide college students (totalling 19,185) learning in France has elevated by 16% previously 12 months. The variety of Spanish college students has reached 11,256, a rise of 25% from final 12 months and up 51% from 2016.

In the meantime, the variety of Lebanese college students (10,469) has additionally considerably elevated by 30%.

As for nations of origin which beforehand noticed a lower in numbers at the moment are rising, the US, with 6,179, noticed a 50% enhance from 2021, whereas Germany elevated by 17% to hit 8,186.

Marichalar additionally famous that such college students are drawn to France due to aggressive charge of tuition charges and high quality of life.

Nevertheless, because of pandemic restrictions, mobility from two nations stays down – China with a lower of two% to 27,479 college students and Vietnam with a lower of 4% over the previous 12 months to five,259 college students, however Marichalar expects these numbers to choose up.

“We’ve seen for example a rise within the variety of purposes in comparison with the earlier 12 months in each nations, +40% for Vietnam and +12% for China, but the extent of purposes stays inferior to 2019,” he stated.

Figures additionally present that, previously 12 months, Europe, the Americas and MENA are the areas which have proven essentially the most vital progress – with the Americas main the way in which.

Notably, college students from North America elevated by 43%.

Behind the Americas, Europe confirmed the second highest progress with a 13% enhance, now sitting 10% larger than earlier than the pandemic. Extra particularly, Non-EU nations are up 25% whereas EU nations skilled a 9% enhance.

Scholar numbers from the MENA area grew by 10% over one 12 months, and 32% over the previous 5 years. Inside this area, the Center East noticed vital progress with a 17% enhance.

Regardless of Sub-Saharan Africa experiencing a beneath common enhance of 5% over one 12 months, the rise within the variety of African college students has elevated by 40%.

In response to Campus France, college students from Asia-Pacific nations stay most affected by mobility restrictions linked to the pandemic and due to this fact skilled only one% progress over a 12 months. Nevertheless, following a 9% drop in 2020-21, this small progress is a sign of the state of affairs starting to stabilise.

The company additionally shared promising figures which additional affirm the sectors rebound for the educational 12 months 2022/2023.

By the top of August 2022, greater than 140,000 college students from 70 nations around the globe had utilized to review by Etudes en France – the admissions and enrolment platform for larger schooling within the nation – which is a rise of 18% in purposes over pre-pandemic ranges.