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.”

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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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