A strategy for attractiveness

Incentive programs implemented

To encourage the presence of foreign students and researchers in our higher education establishments, France has taken several steps over the past years :

  • Creation of a National Research Agency with a view to increasing the number of research projects.
  • Creation of PRES (poles of research and higher education) which enable universities, grandes écoles and research organizations to pool resources and activities.
  • Increased budget at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
  • Increased autonomy of universities, in accordance with the French law relative to the freedom and responsibility of universities, which authorizes universities to create foundations for private fundraising.

CampusFrance is the French operational structure dedicated to international mobility. Present in over one hundred foreign countries, CampusFrance centers work together with French establishments of higher education under the auspices of French embassies abroad. Their aim is to promote higher education among foreign students, in particular through education fairs. CampusFrance centers advise and guide foreign students who are planning to study in France, and are the dedicated point of contact for all administrative procedures prior to students’ arrival in France.

French-Brazilian Week of Higher Education


Organized jointly by CampusFrance, the French Embassy and CenDoTec, this event was held from October 2-8, 2009 in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

The French-Brazilian Week of Higher Education was the major academic event of an extremely dense political, cultural and scientific agenda: the Year of France in Brazil in 2009. The Week’s themes were inspired by the latest strategic agreements signed between France and Brazil in late 2008 concerning the environment, energy, transportation, aerospace and vocational training. Each theme was represented throughout or at various stages of the event.

Mirroring the events organized in 2005 during the Year of Brazil in France, the French-Brazilian Week of Higher Education comprised a variety of activities, including symposiums, student fairs, meetings and workshops. It targeted a range of audiences, including French and Brazilian universities, companies and students.

110 French and Brazilian institutions took part in French-Brazilian Week, whose various fairs (targeting Masters and Doctorate students) drew 7,500 visitors. Through this event, 700 targeted student interviews were conducted (following resume-based selection) and 150 inter-university meetings took place with a view to signing cooperation agreements. These figures attest to the Week’s outstanding performance, recognized by establishments, partners and media alike.

The attractiveness of our academic establishments also depends on how foreign students are received. For this, the MAEE created a quality charter signed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, establishment conferences and the relevant operators (CampusFrance and CNOUS). These parties commit to monitoring how well foreign recipients of French government scholarships integrate into their host establishment and, more generally, the conditions under which all foreign students are received in France.

The Alfred Kastler National Foundation helps ensure foreign researchers are well received in France, thanks to a partnership policy with research organizations.

Updated in December 2010