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How studying in the UK is different to France
Parisian Priscillia Charles spent a year studying at Newcastle University in the North East of England. Photo: Private

How studying in the UK is different to France

From Freshers week to dressing up, Parisian journalist Priscillia Charles, who recently spent a year studying in the North East of England, points out the main differences between student life on both sides of the Channel. READ  

French universities in crisis
'It's no surprise half of French students fail'
Students and academics protest at the state of higher education in France. Photo: AFP

'It's no surprise half of French students fail'

Hundreds of angry university lecturers, students and researchers took to the streets of Paris this week to protest over a lack of funding and job insecurity in the higher education system that has left institutions "in ruin". The Local joined them to find out how bad things really are. READ  

IN IMAGES: French universities 'are in ruin'
French universities are in a state of ruin and the students have photographic evidence. Photo: http://universiteenruines.tumblr.com/

IN IMAGES: French universities 'are in ruin'

Academics and students were set to take to the streets across France on Thursday to protest against a lack of funding that has left their “universities in ruin”. In recent weeks protesters have been posting photographic evidence of the crumbling institutions online. READ  

Secularism
'It's pork or nothing', French mayor tells pupils
'Pork or nothing' for Muslim pupils at a school in Sarthe, north-western France. Photo: AFP

'It's pork or nothing', French mayor tells pupils

A mayor in France has stirred up a hornet’s nest by deciding Muslim pupils at the local school will not be given an alternative meal to pork. The mayor has justified his stance by claiming it's in the name of secularism. READ  

Two French business schools in Europe's top 5
INSEAD graduates can expect to earn on average €118,763 annually, the second highest salary only behind London Business School graduates. Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP

Two French business schools in Europe's top 5

HEC Paris and INSEAD have made it into the top five spots of the Financial Times's prestigious rankings for Europe's best business schools. READ  

Paris holds on to title of world's best student city
There were a staggering 96,782 foreigners studying in Paris in 2013. Photo of student in Paris: Shutterstock

Paris holds on to title of world's best student city

Paris has clinched top spot in the global "Best Student Cities" rankings for the third year running, beating off stiff opposition from the likes of Melbourne, London and Boston. READ  

Foreign students worth €1.6 billion to France
International students are worth a lot of money to France. Photo:Tulane Public Relations/Flickr

Foreign students worth €1.6 billion to France

The tens of thousands of international students who come to France each year are giving the country’s economy a healthy boost, a new study has revealed. It's partly in thanks to all the money they shell out just to be able to afford to live here. READ  

Top French journo prof 'ripped off' other media
The woman works as the executive dean of the journalism school linked to the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris. Students writing: Shutterstock

Top French journo prof 'ripped off' other media

A high-profile journalism school in Paris has been left red-faced after its executive dean was accused of plagiarising material from other media and using it in her other job as a columnist – despite the strict anti-plagiarism guidelines the school vigorously enforces on its students. READ  

View de la Rue
Why is France bottom of the class for English?
Why do the French struggle with English compared to EU counterparts? Photo: Jmar/Flickr

Why is France bottom of the class for English?

A new report this week concluded the French are the worst at English in all of the EU. Given that native English speakers are not really in a position to point the finger at the French, we asked the natives and a local expert to explain the poor showing. READ  

The French are the 'worst at English in the EU'
With a score of just 52.68 France ranked just below both Indonesia and its neighbour Italy for English proficiency. Photo: François Nascimbeni/AFP

The French are the 'worst at English in the EU'

The French have the lowest level of English proficiency out of all the nationalities in the European Union, a damning new report released on Wednesday has concluded. How can that be? READ  

French language is on the up, report reveals
French is alive and well it seems and will be spoken by more than 750 million people around the world by 2060. Woman with French flag: Shutterstock

French language is on the up, report reveals

Cheering news for both the French economy and the language guardians at the Académie Française came on Wednesday, when a new report revealed the number of French speakers around the world has shot up by 25 percent in recent years. READ  

How France could make learning French easier
How learning French could be so much easier. Photo: Shutterstock

How France could make learning French easier

Let's imagine for a moment France decided to make learning French easier for Anglos in a bid to get more people speaking their language. What could the language guardians at the Académie Français do to make it simpler for us? Here's ten ideas. READ  

University rankings
'Lack of English' holding back French universities
French universities have fallen in the global rankings once again. Photo: Jean-Pierre Clatot

'Lack of English' holding back French universities

Only two French universities made it into the top 100 of a new global ranking. A problem with branding and a lack of research in English explains the poor scores, says the man behind the annual league table. READ  

Top 15 French words reinvented in English
Here are 15 French words Anglos have redefined. Panther, lingerie and alley: Shutterstock

Top 15 French words reinvented in English

The French are well known for lending words from the English language but Anglos have proven just as willing to adopt Gallic words and have even reinvented a few. Here are 15 'French' words in English that the French themselves may not quite understand. READ  

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'
A French minister is in hot water after calling factory workers illiterate. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'

France's whizzkid new economy minister has been begging for forgiveness after referring to women workers at a troubled factory as 'illiterates' just weeks after his boss President François Hollande was accused of calling the poor "toothless". READ  

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