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May 2, 2024


In the academic year 2022/23, France welcomed 412,000 international students, marking a 3% increase from the previous year. This growth, although moderate compared to some other nations, reflects a steady and potentially sustainable trajectory for France’s international student enrollment.

Regional Trends: Diversity and Growth

The main regions contributing to French higher education saw diverse trends from 2017 to 2022:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa surged by 34%, reaching a total of 95,285 students.
  • North Africa contributed significantly with a 10% increase, totaling 91,865 students.
  • The European Union showed a robust 24% growth, accommodating 73,310 students.
  • Asia/Oceania experienced a minor decline of 3%, totaling 51,992 students.
  • Non-EU European countries witnessed a notable 12% increase, reaching 29,605 students.
  • The Middle East exhibited a substantial 50% rise, accommodating 22,445 students.
  • South America and Central America/Caribbean also saw positive growth, while North America increased by 8%.

Top Sending Countries: Shifts and Trends

African nations dominated the list of top sending countries to France, with China, Italy, and Senegal also playing significant roles. Notable trends include:

  • Morocco increased by 13%, sending 45,160 students.
  • Algeria contributed 32,145 students, reflecting a 5% rise.
  • China experienced a decline of 15%, totaling 25,605 students.
  • Italy showed remarkable growth at 50%, sending 20,030 students.
  • Senegal surged by 39%, totaling 15,250 students.
  • Other countries like Tunisia, Spain, Lebanon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon also showed positive increases.

Emerging Trends and Considerations

Campus France highlights the upward trajectory of international student numbers, especially from countries like Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Congo, India, and Ukraine. This growth reflects evolving global dynamics and student preferences.

Sustainability in Growth: A Comparative Perspective

France’s 17% increase in international enrollment from 2017 to 2022 contrasts with more rapid expansions in Canada (+63%) and the UK (+43%). This gradual growth may position France favorably, potentially avoiding sudden policy shifts seen in other nations aimed at managing student influxes and infrastructure challenges.

Looking Ahead: Sustainability and Stability

France’s approach to international student enrollment, marked by steady growth and diversity in student origins, presents a sustainable model amidst global uncertainties. As other nations grapple with policy changes and migration pressures, France’s more measured growth curve could offer stability and attractiveness to prospective students.


France’s educational landscape continues to evolve, with international student enrollment demonstrating resilience and growth. The country’s moderate yet consistent increase in student numbers, coupled with a diverse student body, paints a picture of sustainability and attractiveness for years to come.

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