According to figures from the French Agency for the Promotion of Higher Education (Compass France), the number of foreign students in France increased by 8% in 2021-2022. In a press release, it noted “the strongest annual growth since 2005”, adding that “including higher education students, the threshold of 400,000 foreign students in France has now been passed (400,026)”.
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In total, six African countries are among the top 10 countries for foreign students enrolled in French higher education in 2021-2022, including three from North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco). Morocco leads the ranking with 46,371 students, an increase of 3%. It was followed by Algeria with 31,032 students enrolled, an increase of 6%.
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It is followed by China (27,479 students), Italy (19,185 students), Senegal (15,264), Tunisia (13,661) and Spain (11,256). Cote d’Ivoire (10,725), Lebanon (10,469) and Cameroon (19,037 records) round out the podium.