French-speaking universities in Belgium have about 25,000 non-resident European students, whereas only about 3,500 Francophone Belgians study abroad. European mobility is thus asymmetrical in the case of French-speaking Belgium.
Vincent Yzerbyt, a professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Education, and Economics Professor Vincent Vandenberghe propose a two-tiered model. First, increase fees for all students, Belgian and foreign. They mention an increase of about 1,600 euros. Then compensate for this increase with a scholarship for an equivalent amount, but only for “eligible” students, i.e. those with links to French-speaking Belgium (nationality, residence, parents’ employment etc.).
The additional income could be used, for example, to employ an additional 400 lecturers, they say.