Many great advances in civilization began in France--Gothic architecture, the code of chivalry, the Enlightenment, and the science of gastronomy among them. Until recently, French was the language of diplomacy and the lingua franca of educated people around the world. While France retains influence over its former colonies in Africa and Asia, it is also a major force in the European Union.
France has appealed to study abroad students for decades and international students now make up 10% of the country's university population. France is also known for its sophisticated education system with more than 23% of France's national budget being devoted to education. Higher education in France is given praise around the world for its excellent teachers and research.
SAF Host Universities in France: