France is the third most popular destination for international students, following hot on the heels of the US and the UK (which had 740,000 and 428,000 international students respectively). Australia comes in fourth with 250,000. These stats (pictured below), are from Unesco research in 2011.
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The relatively huge number of international students in France - 295,084 in 2013-2014 - makes up 7 percent of the world's foreign student population.
France welcomes four times as many students as it sends off
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