As of April, French universities are offering more than half a million international students an opportunity to study in a variety of countries around the world, but the number of international students has dropped dramatically over the past decade.
The International Centre for International Student Studies (ICISS) estimates that by 2020, only around 1,000 international students will study in France.
The numbers may seem small, but it’s a small number compared to the number that are taking place in Canada.
In 2015, the number was 1,837 international students, while in 2017, there were 2,917 international students.
And that is just in the first three years.
In 2019, there was a total of 3,988 international students in Canada, according to ICISS.
But in the next three years, there will be even fewer international students than in 2019.
“The numbers are down, the international students are down,” says Mark Bouchard, president of the Canadian Association of International Students.
“It’s a trend we need to see change.”
It’s a question that many of those studying in France are struggling with.
“You’re talking about about a very large population,” says David Mertes, who studies French language and culture at Concordia University.
“They are coming from all over the world.
Bouchards comments come as the country has begun to tackle the issue of international student debt, as well as the impact of the global economy. “
But I think we have to do something to make sure that people can make it work,” he says.
Bouchards comments come as the country has begun to tackle the issue of international student debt, as well as the impact of the global economy.
Earlier this year, the government introduced a bill that would introduce a national living wage and cap student debt at $5,000 for those who earn less than $150,000 per year.
This means the minimum wage will rise to $13.50 an hour, or $8,300 for a family of four.
This is a modest increase from what the federal government had previously set at $13 an hour.
However, it will affect only about two per cent of Quebec’s students, and the province is considering a number of changes to help those students.
One such option would be to allow students to pay down their loans in full and to have the remaining balance paid off at a later date.
“I think the most important thing that we need is for us to understand the culture of our students,” says Bouchars mother, Yvette Bouchar.
Merts agrees. “
When you talk about a national system, I think that it is very important that we do not feel like we’re competing against other nations and that we are not a part of other cultures.”
“There is a cultural divide.
If you are a French person, there is a kind of culture that you have,” he explains.
“If you are an American, you don’t have that.”
Mertones says it’s very important to understand that students coming to Canada do not represent a national minority.
“We are very proud of the fact that our university system is so diverse.
We are very diverse in the fact we are the largest university in North America,” he said.
But he warns against giving up.
“This is the beginning of the end of our university education,” he warns.
“Students are going to have to make decisions about their future, and they are going for it.”
With files from The Canadian Press and CTV News’ Tom Knystenski.