Destination France: Repositioning French Higher Education in a Globalized World

Ludovic Highman, Ariane de Gayardon

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France has always been a top destination for international student worldwide, mainly driven by its strong ties with Africa. France’s goal to host half a million foreign students by 2027 is part of an arsenal of measures geared towards increasing its soft power to other regions of the world, and the French higher education sector has been given a clear mandate to increase its efforts in attracting international students. Through a combination of structural system-level policies, targeted investments, scholarships, tuition fee policies, immigration policies and language policies, France hopes to continue to challenge leading English-speaking study destinations and to enhance the appeal of its higher education system, its role in educating global leaders and promote its values abroad, in light of increasing competition from identified neighbors, powerful poles of attraction and new players. Yet, French internationalization policies reveal some contradictions – mostly tuition fees, language and immigration policies – that could impair the fulfilment of these objectives, and might even jeopardise established ties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Student Recruitment and Mobility in Non-Anglophone Countries Theories, Themes, and Patterns
Number of pages67
ISBN (Print)9781032109626
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameInternationalization in Higher Education Series


  • France
  • Higher Education
  • Internationalisation
  • student recruitment
  • Student mobility


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