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Making the EU more attractive for foreign students and researchers


Moving to Europe temporarily is an opportunity embraced by a wide number of non-EU national students and researchers every year. Too many of them however continue facing unnecessary hurdles: current rules of admission are often complex and unclear, procedures can be lengthy and vary across Member States, moving from one Member State to another can be very difficult or even impossible.

Today the Commission proposed making it easier and more attractive for non-EU national students, researchers and other groups, such as school pupils, trainees, volunteers and au pairs, to enter and stay in the EU for periods exceeding three months. New legislation will set clearer time limits for national authorities to decide on applications, provide for more opportunities to access the labour market during their stays and facilitate intra-EU mobility.

For more information:

  • IP/13/275: Making the EU more attractive for foreign students and researchers
  • MEMO/13/281: Clearer and more consistent rules for non-EU nationals coming to the EU for studies, scientific research and other exchanges
  • Commission proposal for a Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing pdf - 314 KB [314 KB]
  • EMN study on Immigration of International Students to the EU

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