With the French government’s announcement of the new international education strategy last fall, the increase in the number of foreign students has been seen. As per the latest strategy, the government targets to host 500,000 international students by the year 2027. The government has backed up the new strategy by announcing the support of the funds of €10 million (US$11.4 million) that aims to improve international student services across French universities.
The fund is also intended to utilize to expand English-taught Programs (ETPs) at French Universities. This is an increasingly popular category of programming across Europe due to the ability of ETPs to boost the attractiveness of a study destination for students in a wider field of sending markets. The number of English-medium degrees in France has grown considerably over the last 15 years, from 286 in 2004 to 1,328 as of fall 2018. Of those, 1,015 are currently taught entirely in English, with most of those programs offered at the master’s level. At the same time, the fund will also support the development or expansion of French as a foreign language course for foreign students.
French embassies and consulates abroad have started giving priority in visa processing to students wanting to come to France to study, and there is a new France-Visas portal that expands online services for visa applicants. The government also promises that students will now find it easier to renew student visas and secure long-term visas for the duration of their studies.