6,100 French Erasmus exchange students ‘picked’ Turkey
The French Consulate in Istanbul on Dec. 19 arranged the third “Erasmus Istanbul” event with the participation of around 200 students at the French Palace, according to a statement by the consulate on Dec. 20.
Erasmus was founded in 1987 as a European Union student exchange program and later turned into Erasmus+, which is a program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Turkey has been a member of the program since 2003.
Buchwalter stressed that the quality of life and cultural environment in France, affordable university fees compared to other universities abroad and equal social rights between foreign students and French citizens are the main reasons for Turkish students to prefer France for university education.
“With a new education reform effective in 2019, the students who are doing their master’s degree in France and want to settle in France will have a right to get a residence permit,” he said.