Attracting and Retaining International Students in the EU

For Hungary, attracting international students serves the aim of creating a competitive higher education system, as universities have to develop new study programmes and services to be able to receive more foreign students. At the same time, attracting international students is not regarded as an aim of migration policy.  Thus, retaining international students is not a policy aim for Hungary. The international students are expected to return to their home countries and spread the good reputation of Hungary and the Hungarian higher education, contributing to the deepening of the scientific, economic and cultural ties of Hungary with the respective third countries in the long run.