Is French Tuition Too Cheap?

parisblogsorbonneAttention bargain shoppers! The average university student costs French taxpayers 9,132 euros per year, but tuition averages only 175 euros for a bachelors and 235 euros for a masters. As a result, the number of foreign students–in particular from China–has been rising. In 1999, 2,000 Chinese students enrolled in French universities; this year it’s 22,000!

Jean-Pascal Gayant, writing in Le Monde, asks if it still makes sense to subsidize relatively affluent foreign students in a time of economic crisis. China has evolved. Perhaps France should too.

Don’t count on French universities to be able to discuss this calmly and come up with a solution, he warns. Their budgets depend on the number of students, and they have no incentive to risk ruffling feathers by suggesting tuition hikes or quotas.  A former university vice-president, Gayant suggests that it may be time for law makers to get involved in order to preserve the tradition of welcoming foreign students in universities that have become “Chinese auberges.”


One Response to “Is French Tuition Too Cheap?”

  1. Comment by Edmund | 03/03/10 at 5:19 pm

    just as i thought; another fucking racist article by Le Monde. What an idiotic professor who’s not only short on foresight but incredibly long on xenophobia.

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