Charm of­fen­sive to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents means more univer­sity cour­ses in English

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Uni­ver­si­ties in France are plan­ning to of­fer more cour­ses in English as part of a drive to dou­ble the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents com­ing to the coun­try over the next 10 years. Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe has also an­nounced plans to sim­plify visa pro­ce­dures and re­form tu­ition fees in a bid to com­pete with in­sti­tu­tions in Ger­many, Rus­sia, Canada and China. France is al­ready the world’s top non-english­s­peak­ing stu­dent des­ti­na­tion, but the num­ber of for­eign stu­dents at French uni­ver­si­ties fell by 8.5% be­tween 2011 and 2016.

“In this field just as in other eco­nomic ones, the world’s bal­ance of power is shift­ing,” said Mr Philippe an­nounc­ing his Wel­come to France plan. “That’s why we need to wel­come more for­eign stu­dents.”

Tu­ition fees will rise for stu­dents out­side the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Area but will still be lower than in Bri­tain and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. Stu­dent visa reg­u­la­tions will be sim­pli­fied, in­ter­na­tional stu­dents will be of­fered more French classes and the num­ber of cour­ses taught in English, which has al­ready in­creased five­fold since 2004, will be boosted fur­ther.

The charm of­fen­sive is de­signed to at­tract more stu­dents from Asia and the Gulf states. But the in­crease in English-taught de­gree cour­ses is also likely to make it eas­ier for Bri­tish ex­pats and their off­spring to study at French uni­ver­si­ties.

The Sor­bonne in Paris

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