French university fee hike for non-EU nationals passes into law

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The French government’s planned hike of university fees for students from countries outside the EU was officialised in a decree published this Easter weekend. Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, it bumps up the cost of bachelor’s and master’s degree courses from several hundred euros to several thousand. Those mostly affected by the move are students from African countries, who make up just under half of the 340,000 foreign students in higher education in France.

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Students from countries outside the European Union (EU) face a massive rise in enrolment fees for degree courses at French universities as of the coming academic year, when they will be required to pay 2,770 euros for a bachelor’s degree course, and 3,770 euros for a master’s course.