Written by Alyssa Walker

Vive la France!

According to the latest statistics from Repères et références statistiques, France's official stats from the Ministries of Education, Higher Education, and Research and Innovation, 343,000 international students chose France in 2017, a 4.5 percent increase on 2016.

Where are France's international students from? All over the world.

Almost half arrive from Africa, as France has strong cultural and linguistic links with the continent. About 24 percent hail from Northern Africa and 21 percent are from sub-Saharan Africa.

Twenty-two percent come from Europe, with about 18 percent from the EU. Twenty-one percent of the students are from Asia, while just nine percent come from North America.

Regardless of their origins, 31.3 percent opt for literary disciplines, 29.1 percent favor sciences, and 17.8 percent choose courses in economics.

Women comprise a majority of the student population (54.1 percent).

Most opt for universities as their preferred institutions of higher education, with over 70 percent of all international students at French universities.

Also, recent moves from the French government, aimed at capturing a bigger share of the international higher education market, could result in a continuation of the increasing numbers of international students in France.

Interested in learning more? Check out options for studying in France.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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