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2019-20 Registration fees for non-EU students


Our university has passed a motion regarding registration fees for non-community students: registration fees for students from countries outside the EU will be the same as for all other students.

2019-20 Registration fees for non-EU students

The registration fee increase announced by the Prime Minister in November 2018 raises understandable concerns among non-EU applicants.

In a meeting on 22nd January, the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis Board of Directors adopted a motion concerning registration fees for those prospective students.

"If the general increase in registration fees come into force in 2019, our institution will use the all the possible regulatory options to ensure that international students from outside the EU continue to pay the same registration fees for the 2019-20 academic year."

In other words, registration fees for students from outside the EU will be the same as for all other students. Currently, annual registration fee at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is 601€ to study at Polytech. The government sets the fees each year in July.

The increase, scheduled for the start of the 2019 academic year, is controversial and many student and teachers’ union organisations have been opposed since its announcement in November. At present, seventeen out of France’s seventy-two universities intend to use all regulatory procedures to maintain current rates, just like our university.

More general discussions concerning possible adjustments are also underway. In a report released on Monday 18th February, a committee composed of five external figures appointed by the government proposed some changes, one of which would be "giving universities the freedom to define their own policy regarding receiving foreign students from outside the EU". Currently, article R.719-50 of the Education Code allows each institution’s board of directors to define the criteria for exempting students who request it because of their personal circumstances, for up to 10% of students enrolled (excluding students who receive a grant).  The authors of the report recommend that, in the long term, this threshold should be increased to 15% and that the aforementioned article should be completed by a paragraph stating that "exemptions can be total or partial". Whilst the new fees only apply to new students this year, the increase will be generalised in 2020 and the application of Article R.719-50 would no longer be guaranteed for all non-EU students.