France to Liberalize Student Visa Processing

France to Liberalize Student Visa Processing

France is the fourth most popular destination for international students. International students from countries like the US, the UK, and Australia troop to France every year in their thousands to study.

The number of international students in the country dropped by 8.1% between 2010 and 2015, and currently, France has about 343,000 foreign students in its many universities.

There’s been improving lately in these figures but then, the Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe has some improvements he is preparing to announce. These improvements will draw the attention of international students to French universities.

In the past few years, France has been working on getting more international students to come and study in the country. Some of these plans include making more courses in their universities to be taught in the English language.

The government of France in its strategy believes that this is an excellent time to make right on their plans what Brexit holds and its possible negative effect on the UK and then America’s new anti-immigration agenda introduced by the American president, Donald Trump.

More relaxed visa rules and procedures for students

France plans on relaxing their visa rules and procedures to encourage international students to come study in their country.

There are about 5 million international students in the world. With France clinching 7% of this number, it comes after the US, the UK, and Australia. France, despite its fierce competition with countries like Germany, Canada, China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, France remains the most sought-after non-English-speaking destination.

France still has more plans to get international students trooping to their country. They include:

Tuition fees

There are about 100,000 students in France who are not citizens of the EU-member states. France plans to review the tuition fees for this category of international students to encourage them.

Scholarships

Scholarship programs will be amplified. No details on this have been provided yet on how it is to work.

More campuses abroad

The French government intends to build more campuses of their universities in other countries. The country attracts a more significant number of African students and hopes to get the attention of students from other countries by creating more campuses in foreign locations.

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