Posted on February 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm
Should we see this as a sign of improvement in higher education in France? A study has just placed France in 3rd place in the ranking of the most attractive European countries for international students. Taking into account three criteria, including the teaching quality (45% of the total), student cost of living (30%), as well as life and career prospects (25%), the second study by the Study.eu group (based in Hamburg, Germany) notes that France is moving up and gaining a spot compared to 2017.
Even if it overtakes the Netherlands, France remains behind the United Kingdom (2nd) and Germany (1st), which lead the rankings as they did last year.
France, a good student in terms of education and cost of studies
In detail, France obtains its best results in the “Education” category. The indicator is calculated from the performance of universities in international rankings (QS, Times Higher Education, Shanghai), the quality of teaching or the number of bachelors and masters taught in English. When considering these elements, France rises to 4th place in this sub-ranking dominated by the United Kingdom and Germany.
Although France does not appear in the top 10 of the most affordable European countries in terms of cost of education, it occupies an honorable 11th place in a category dominated by Eastern European countries. According to the study by the Study.eu group, a student in France spends on average just over 10,000 euros per year.
Withdrawal in the category “Life and career”
On the other hand, the big black point of the study for France concerns life and career prospects. Based on an indicator calculated from the unemployment rate of young graduates, the United Nations study on the measurement of happiness and security, France drops out of the top 10.
A list where insularity seems to be a recipe as the podium is made up of the United Kingdom (1st), Ireland (2nd) and Iceland (3rd).
The secrets of the leading duo’s success
For the German-based Study.eu group, the system across the Rhine offers an “unbeatable combination of world-class universities with a tuition-free public university system”. Results that allow attracting many international students.
The UK, ranked second, leads the “Education” (1st) and “Life and Career” (1st) categories, but loses the lead due to “prohibitive” living costs and tuition for students. These are also the highest in Europe (30th place, with an annual average of 23,000 euros).
It is also worth mentioning the entry in the ranking of Poland, which can be proud of having an affordable cost of living and of seeing its results progress in terms of quality of education. The result: the number of foreign students has increased from “12,000 to 65,000 in the last ten years”, explains the study.