Considering the increasing visa restrictions and unfavorable careers prospects for students in countries like Australia and United Kingdom (which have regard as student favorite destinations for quite a while), France is now implementing ways to attract international students who are looking for alternative destinations and also improve its strategic partnership with India.
France is focused on improving higher education facilities for students from outside, majorly aiming to boost the number of Indian students in its Universities and Schools. The country aims to welcome over 10,000 students in the next 3 years.
The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Marc Ayrault, during his visit to India stated that France had over 4,000 students from India studying in France last year. “This is 50 times more than that of 20 years ago. But it’s still insufficient in terms of the quality of the relationship between the two countries,” he stated. Ayrault also mentioned about the increasing mobility of international students and predicted that this mobility would increase the volume of overseas students to 8 million by 2020.