France a more attractive place to study than US and UK, student survey finds

International students from around the world believe France has become a more attractive place to study than the UK or the US, according to a new survey.

France a more attractive place to study than US and UK, student survey finds
The survey carried out for Campus France looked at the perceptions and experiences of over 14,000 students who have either studied in France, are currently doing so or plan to in the future.
And it revealed that the country is more attractive than ever to foreign students.
Indeed some 64 percent of foreign students believed France is a more attractive country to study in than before, which placed it above the US, Germany and the UK.
The only country whose attractiveness in the eyes of the eyes of the students grew more than France was Canada (69 percent).
The main reason why France has become more attractive for students was down to its “cultural radiance” followed by the “economic situation”. 
According to the survey the reason why the US wasn't seen as attractive as France was the election of Donald Trump and over the Channel, Britain's vote to leave the EU also had a negative impact on its attractiveness.
Some 92 percent would recommend France as a place to study and 93 percent are satisfied with their experience, which represents an increase on similar barometres carried out in recent years.

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Some 90 percent of those studying or who had studied in France said they were satisfied with the value of the degree, while 88 percent were satisfied with the quality of education.
The quality of training (46 percent) remains at the top of the criteria for choosing France, however, the culture (38 percent) and improving French language (41 percent) were seen as more important than the value of the qualification received (32 percent).
But not everyone was satisfied of course and there were some repeated complaints about the student experience in France.
The high cost of living remained a weak point for many, as did hefty administrative procedures.
Students were also unsatisfied with the cost of lodging and the chances of finding work in France once studies were completed.


France to make period products free for students

The French government said on Tuesday it would make period products free for students, joining a global drive to end "period poverty" - the inability to pay for menstrual protection.

France to make period products free for students
Last year, Scotland became the first country in the world to offer free universal access to period products. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP

Higher Education Minister Frederique Vidal said that machines containing free tampons, sanitary towels and other period products would be installed in student residences and university health services in the coming weeks.

She added that the government aimed to make period protection “completely free of charge” for all by the start of the next academic year in September.

In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free for all, blazing a trail that inspired feminists and anti-poverty campaigners around the world to also take up the issue of period poverty.

In England, free period products are available in all primary and secondary schools – a move New Zealand said last week it too would implement.

In December, President Emmanuel Macron had promised to also address the issue of period poverty.

Commenting on the plight of homeless women, he noted that “the fact of having your period in the street and to not be able to buy something to protect yourself and preserve your dignity” added to the humiliation they suffered.

The move to make sanitary protection free for students comes amid a growing focus on youth poverty following shock images of food banks being swamped by hard-up students due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many students say they are struggling to make ends meet after losing part-time jobs in cafes and restaurants which have been closed for months due to the health crisis.