Britain has long enjoyed a widely envied reputation for providing outstanding further and higher education opportunities not just for its own citizens but for the commonwealth and the world community. British educational qualifications are probably more universally trusted and respected than those of any other country.
Why does the number of international students who want to study in Australia keep increasing every year? Is it the glorious climate, the standard of living, the lure of the open spaces and pristine beaches, Australia's multicultural population, the quality of Australian education packages and international recognition of Australian degrees and awards, or a combination of all of the above?
Canada's universities share a key strength: their high quality. Canadian universities have a long record of providing an accessible university education to students from across Canada and around the world. Reflecting the rich history many cultures and traditions, Canadian universities offer a mix of opportunities in a variety of educational settings.
It is a very old French tradition to welcome foreign students. Since the Middle Ages, and the birth of La Sorbonne, the first French University, more than 800 years ago, students from all over Europe come to France to study, especially theology, medicine and law.
This remarkable European University has been sustained thanks to the circulation of high intellectual-lecturers. Today, more than ever, there is no such thing as a high standard university without an international dimension. We can say now that French institutions of higher education have definitely entered this new world.
In 1998, the French government introduced a vigorous
support policy to welcome foreign students into French educational
Nearly 500,000 students from all over the world came to the United States last year to study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Why do they travel so far when institutions in their own countries offer excellent programs, developed andadapted to the needs of their own citizens? Why have US consulate offices overseas been processing so many visa applications for study in the United States?