Being A Student in France: 2016 Vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
Higher education in France is much cheaper than in some European countries. Compared to the UK for instance, it is three times cheaper. In addition, new reforms in 2016 made it much more attractive for foreign students. The new changes listed below that will be implemented in 2017 will make it even better for all students.
A reform of the admission process in the Master degree course
The much-awaited reform of the master’s degree is the subject of negotiations between universities and student organisations.
This reform is awaited by the universities that wish to be able to choose students right after their bachelor’s, whereas this selection currently takes place one year after students’ bachelor’s.
There was no written law to support the LMD (Licence, Master, Doctoral) system in use since 2002 in France. Licence holders’ were obliged to finish their first year of their Master course before they are either selected for a Master course they didn’t like or stop schooling after a selection process that looked much like gambling.
These reforms will allow Licence holders’ to continue for a Master course if they want to continue.
Improvement of the APB platform
It’s now easier to enrol in the five most sought-after university degree subject areas which are currently law, psychology, medicine, science and technology. High calibre students are actively encouraged to apply for these courses. However, the selection process for these programs of study was very hard, but in 2017 students can express their interest in courses but using an order of preference.
Universities are also better equipped to accommodate a growing demand for students.
Increased Budget for better support
In 2016, the number of students has increased up to 1.8% in comparison with 2015. This figure is set to rise in 2017, with an estimated 32,000 new students hoping to start university study this year.
The government have also been committing more funds to the education sector. Most notably, they have invested 100 million Euros to support population growth and a further 850 million Euros which has been deployed to support education in 2017.
Since 2008, enrollment in higher education in France has continued to grow steadily and, it should continue until 2020.
Fage and Unef, the major student unions, report that this coming year again, many universities will be overcrowded. To cope with this increasing demand, a request has been made for a further billion Euros to support additional resources for university students.