Tunisian students abroad study
Every year more and more Tunisian students pack their bags to go abroad to continue their education. Latest surveys indicate that every third Tunisian student who is going to study abroad selects France or Germany. Studying in Canada, USA and the UK is more and more attractive for many young Tunisians.
The high quality of Swiss education in the hospitality industry is very well-known here. Destinations such as Turkey, Russia, and Malaysia have become more popular for studying abroad outside of Europe.
The majority of Tunisian students prefer to take undergraduate programs at local universities and continue their education abroad. That is why Master and PhD degree programs are in great demand among both university students and young graduates seriously considering second degrees abroad with the idea of improving their future career prospects.
Many Tunisian students are not able to make it to the university of their dreams because of the intense competitiveness over the limited places in the good universities and the huge number of high-school graduates each year.
Students who intend to study Medicine programs ( General Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry) must score at least 16 out of 20 ( with a weighting in the scientific stream) to gain access to Medicine programs at Tunisian Medical universities.
Students who intend to study undergraduate programs in high demand such as Architecture, Engineering, and who intend to go into the prestigious schools of commerce in Tunisia are required to have a minimum of 14 out of 20 in the Bac exam.
This fact has opened the ground for many new private higher education institutes to open their doors to the desperate Tunisian students. However, the tuition fees in these institutes are becoming higher and higher despite not all majors being available, especially when it comes to some faculties such as medicine.
Given this situation, many Tunisian students are now choosing to continue their higher education abroad, as tuition fees are sometimes even more affordable than the ones in private universities inside the country and the options for faculty choices are bigger. Another factor that is working in the favor of Tunisian students is the ease by which they are able to obtain student visas in comparison with students from the other African countries. It is also important to mention that Tunisian students are now more interested than ever in pursuing an education where English is the main language of instruction to keep up with the needs of this global era.
As more Tunisians are going abroad to finish their education; the new administration of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has started driving forward a new wave of internationalization and better practices within the Tunisian Higher Education System. Due to this fact, Tunisia is fast becoming an attractive market for international institutes seeking academic collaboration and partnerships.