International student numbers in France continued their upward trajectory in 2015/16, but the latest statistics from Campus France show that in an increasingly competitive market, growth is not keeping up with that of of global student mobility.
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs has set a target to attract 10,000 Indian students to study in the country by 2020, saying France's Indian student intake doesn't match the countries' trade generation.
The route from Africa to France funnels in more than 40% of the international students at French education providers. It has served as a lifeline for France in 2016 as concerns around security have impacted mobility from other student source countries.
French higher education institutions are active overseas but a lack of national and institutional strategies means the country’s transnational education lags behind the UK, US and Australia, a government-sponsored think tank has said.
New research reveals that 2 in 3 students in higher education in France currently have no overseas study experience, despite participation numbers in some sort of study experience abroad rising. Campus France is keen to understand why.