According to a recent Indeed study, 3 out of 4 students want to train (partly) abroad in 2022. What are the other big trends in student expatriation to and from France? Some may surprise you…
Canada, the #1 destination for French students
Canada is among the top 10 student host countries in the world. It is also the first preferred destination for students in France. If the country attracts more and more (225,000 international students in 2018, that is, +135% in ten years), it is thanks to its reception policy, effective integration into the labor market but also to the higher cost of studies. United States, for example. Having also suffered from the health crisis, Canada chose in 2021 to offer back to school “hybrid”, privileging the face-to-face and maintaining a remote offer if necessary. In addition, the government had announced the extension of the length of stay to find a job at the end of their studies. An argument that was heard especially by Asian students.
France ranks 6th among the most mobile countries
In 2021, France ranks 6th in number of students leaving. About 99,500 French went to study worldwide, an increase of +30% compared to 2013. Besides Canada, these students mainly go to Europe – Belgium, Spain, Netherlands and Portugal – . In 2018, the Campus France observatory came to the conclusion that French students prefer French language countries or courses. A trend that could be explained, among other things, by the language barrier. According to an OpinionWay study for Indeed at the end of 2021, 51% of young workers and students surveyed believe expatriation would be too difficult due to low language skills and 28% do not see themselves moving to a non-French country-country. speaker. In addition, the same study shows that students choose to go out to discover another culture (68% of respondents), for the attraction of a country (50%) or to live a unique human experience (49%).
100,000 people benefit from an Erasmus exchange every year
Every year, around 100,000 people travel from France thanks to “Erasmus” and more than 5,000 French establishments participate in this program. Called the European Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students or ERASMUS, the exchange program between universities and large schools around the world aims to improve and increase the mobility of students and teachers. In total, 12 million students, middle and high school students, apprentices, trainers, young graduates, volunteers and job seekers have benefited from the program since its inception in 1987. According to the Indeed study by OpinionWay, 47 % of students and 63% of workers who completed an Erasmus exchange declare that they want to repeat the international mobility experience; Is this an illustration of a “post-Erasmus” syndrome (the sadness of returning to France) after an intense experience abroad?
365,000 international students are currently in France
In 2021, according to data from Campus France, France welcomes 365,000 foreign students, an increase of 30% since 2010. The ambition is to welcome 500,000 in 2027. After having dropped 40% in 2020 (health crisis forces ), the number of Students arriving in France are on the rise again, as evidenced by the 79,000 visas granted to foreign students during 2021, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior. The only differences are origin: +16% of students come from the Maghreb, +43% from the United States, +30% from Turkey and +50% from Lebanon. Arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region are down 35% from 2019.
440 properties are relocating to meet new expectations
If it’s not the student who comes to the university, the university comes to him! No less than 440 relocated campuses [déplacements des acteurs, des cursus, des projets ou des services d’enseignement au-delà des frontières à l’identique par les institutions éducatives] exist in the world in 2019. This transnational education meets the changing needs of students, but also overcomes the complicated geopolitical and health context. It is France that has implemented this teaching method the most, ahead of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Russia: 14 campuses of French establishments existed in China two years ago, 10 in Morocco, 6 in the United Kingdom and 5 in Mauritius. There is no doubt that settlements have increased since then.