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Abstract

This paper explains that the impact of the GATS on the geographical mobility of students must be very limited for two essential reasons. First, the current contents of the GATS does not address the real obstacles to trade in education sevices, namely quality assurance, accreditation, recognition of diplomas, and visitors'visas, to name but a few. One may even wonder whether any international agreement can eliminate all of these hurdles. Second, in light of various factors of competitiveness, choices made by countries in the area of education and development are strong determinants of students's international mobility in time and space.

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