Currently every tenth student in Latvia comes from abroad, according to an Education Ministry overview for the year 2017. LSM's Andris Saulītis looks at the long-term tendencies in Latvia's education exports.
Prior to 2013, there were few foreign students in Latvia to speak of. However, the number is booming since after the crisis, reflecting the global tendencies. In 2013, the number of students studying abroad grew to more than 4 million globally. While the total number of students has decreased within the last decade, the number of foreign students studying in Latvian universities has grown from about 1,500 to more than 8,000.
While Latvia's part in the global market is below 1%, Latvia is something of a regional success. 15% of Germans who choose to study in Central or Eastern Europe study here. The same goes for 13% of Swedish students and 10% of French students.
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