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Study in France

Quality Education, Diversified Culture

France has one of the most beneficial, accessible and internationally renowned systems of higher education. With excellent global rankings, exceptional French researchers, 62 Nobel Prize winners, France is the destination for high-quality education with an affordable budget. 

No matter which country you are from, France will welcome you with open arms. Diversity is seeped into the French culture. People are warm and friendly, they love everything that is art and lay a strong emphasis on quality education. French are known to open their arms and hearts to people of all races and culture. 

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Why Study in France?

France has over 3,500 public and private institutes offering quality higher education developed with a colossal budget with a focus on inspiring excellence. Their long term and continuous political visions have helped establish themselves as a leading benefactor of quality education. 

Public institutes, financed by the State, offer a wide choice of programs, covering all areas of learning and research. The Grandes Ecoles also offer excellent programs, ranging from subjects such as political science to veterinary courses. Moreover, the French specialised schools offer a host of programs to choose from. 

3,500+

Choose from 3,500+ Universities

With/Without IELTS

You can apply With/Without IELTS

Affordable Budget

Uncompromised High-Quality Education at an Affordable Budget.

Leading Host Country

World's Leading Host Country for Higher Education

English Programs

Bachelors/Masters programs taught in English.

2 Yrs PSWV

Get 2 Years Post-Study Work Visa After Master's

Scholarships

Get Scholarship / Sponsorship opportunities*

20 hr/week

You are also eligible for 20 hr/week part-time job opportunities*

Education System in France

The education system in France is organised into the three globally recognised levels to facilitate international mobility. These are undergraduate degrees, masters and doctorate degrees. French universities are also aligned with the Bologna process, adding to the ease of movement for students between different countries that are a part of Bologna Process. 

Besides the universal system of universities, France also offers the elite and prestigious ‘Grandes Ecoles’, which are public and private institutes of higher education recognised by the State. The programs usually focus on a single subject area and are exhaustive and demanding. The schools/institutes under Grandes Ecoles confer degrees for five years of undergraduate studies, while some also award a masters degree. Admission is rather selective; conferred after a competitive entrance exam and an appropriate degree. The tuition fees are consequently higher than those of a regular university. 

A third parallel to the above is specialised schools and institutes offering courses in specific sectors, like medicine, audio-visual, journalism, agronomy, fashion and design. There are 3,000 institutes offering students richly abundant alternative career choices. The State may not recognise all these institutes since they mix both public and private institutes. Admission is entrance exam based, and the programs are between 2-5 years. 

France also has over 50 public schools for art and design; some offer all three levels of study. These specialised schools are highly selective in their admission process which happens via an entrance exam. 

All teaching institutions in France sincerely follow religious freedom. There are no religious instructions imparted as a principle, advocating secularism. This gives students from minority communities a great sense of safety, security and equality, while positively influencing the youth to embrace all religions and cultures. 

Academic Year:

An academic year is known as a year of degree course the student has enrolled in.

Universities in the France offer of 2 intakes: Fall & Spring. 

Fall Intake

It is the most crucial intake – starting in September – If you are aspiring to study in France. The vast majority of universities & colleges offer admissions during this time of the year.

Spring Intake

Starting in January, it is the second intake offered by many French universities & colleges.

Types of Institutes in France

Higher education system in the France comprises of five types of institutes. They are: 

Public Universities

These are state-affiliated universities, financially supported by the state/government.

Private Universities

Private firms run these universities without any financial support from the state/government.

Technical Institutes

These institutes specialise in Engineering and Science and are known for their research and graduate programs.

French Grandes Écoles

The French system of Grandes Écoles groups more than 100 elite universities covering various specialities: art, literature, business, engineering school, etc. Some of these big schools are private and expensive, while others are public.

Community Colleges

These affordable option of institutes provide higher education/lower-level tertiary education, granting associates degrees, certificates & diplomas. After graduation from community colleges, you can continue your university studies for two more years to complete an undergraduate program. 

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Types of Degrees in France

Students need to clear all the subjects they have enrolled to obtain their degree. 

Diploma/Advanced Diploma

Offered by community/junior colleges, students receive diploma / advanced diploma after completing 1-2 years of studies depending on their program.

Bachelors Degree

Also known as an undergraduate degree, students must successfully clear all subjects of their chosen program which could last 3-4 years. This could depend on the university a student has taken admission in.

Masters Degree

To obtain a masters degree, students must successfully clear all subjects of their chosen program which could last 3-4 years. This could depend on the university a student has taken admission in.

Doctorate/PhD

It is the highest level of education. A Doctorate/PhD can take anywhere between 3-10 years, depending on research & course duration progress. To earn a Doctorate/PhD, students must present their original research and complete coursework along with written examinations. 

French Grandes Écoles

More than 100 elite universities covering various specialities: art, literature, business, engineering school, etc., are in Grandes Écoles group. Some of these are private and expensive, while others are public. 

Graduating from a Grande École de France guarantees excellent employment opportunities. 

The Grandes Écoles is equivalent to a masters degree and generally lasts for 5 years. These degree titles are: 

Master of Science (MSc), Master in Business Administration and Management (M.B.A.) or Specialised Master (Ms), which requires an additional year of study after obtaining a degree from a Grande École 

Admission to the Grandes Écoles is selective. Its carried out through an entrance examination after a two-year preparatory course, with a degree, or directly after the baccalaureate in the case of schools offering an integrated preliminary cycle. 

Once you are admitted, you will have to complete three more years of specialised studies. However, currently schools are offering alternative admission procedures that allow you to apply regardless of the stage you are in your career as an international student. 

Types of Grandes Écoles

Écoles in Engineering

French engineering education combines a high level of theoretical training in scientific subjects with business internships. In France, there are more than 250 engineering schools. Together they cover every area of engineering sciences but each one has a separate specialisation. 

An engineering degree is equivalent to a masters level and can only be obtained in the engineering courses of public or private establishments that have previously received the C.I.T. (Commission des titres d’ingénieur) qualification. 

Les Écoles de Commerce

In France, around 230 business schools offer careers adapted to the economic environment and business administration evolution. Most of the programs are organised around internships and are supported by the most advanced technologies. These schools, having international exchange programs, offer international students guaranteed access to the European market.

Instituts d’études Politiques

In addition to the prestigious Sciences Po Paris school, nine other I.E.P.s “Instituts d’Etudes Politiques” attract numerous students each year.

Écoles Normales Supérieurers

The ENS offers 4-year training of excellence in various fields (letters and languages, art and design, human and social sciences, law, economics, science and technology, sports). 

There are only 4 ENS in France: Lyon, Cachan, Paris Ulm, and Rennes. It provides best training to students pursuing careers in teaching or research. The selection exam is of a very high standard and is often accepted after 2 or 3 years of class préparatoire. 

There are scholarships for international students: in Paris Ulm, about 30 students receive masters scholarship of € 1,000 per month. 

During the four years of studies, ENS students have civil servant status and receive a salary. In return, they agree to work for the French State for at least ten years. Many students continue their studies doing a doctorate thesis or access the selection exams for the schools that lead to high positions in the State. 

Cost of Studying in France

The French educational system is one of the best in the world and at the same time, it is one of the most accessible. The tuition fees are affordable making overseas education possible for many international students. And of course, the French universities rank in top positions in the World University Rankings every year. 

Cost of Tuition Fees:

Undergraduate/Bachelors Programs is EURO 7,000-EURO 13,500 per year.

The cost for Post-Graduate/Masters Programs is EURO 10,000-EURI 16,500 per year.

The cost for M.B.A. Programs is EURO 23,000-EURO 25,000 per year.

The cost of Doctorate/PhD Programs is CAD 7,000-CAD 15,000 per year.

Cost of Living:

On an average, the cost of living in France is approximately 600-100 Euros. This could depend on your location of accommodation.

Fortunately, students are often eligible for subsidised restaurant and transportation rates while living in France. It is also essential to wisely select the city to reside, since the main cities are expensive while the cost of living in smaller cities is low.

University accommodation is always high in demand and the selection is based on social criteria, awarded for exchange or scholarship students. You will have the option of renting a flat or a studio apartment. There is also the option of a family home – rent can vary depending on the location.

The good news is that students have the option of applying for a scholarship from their local Caisse d’Allocation Familiale (C.A.F.). The application is free, and if requirements are met, you can receive up to 35% of the monthly rent.

Student Life in France

Studying in a French university offers students an opportunity to socialise, understand and integrate with other students from across the globe. Collaborations on research, conferences and other events and activities, on and off-campus allow for new experiences and interactions. 

Sports plays an important role in the fabric of French culture. Students are encouraged to take up sports and the facilities are excellent. 

Class timings in most universities are flexible. A wide range of schedule is usually provided to students to choose from. This allows students to leverage on their time management skills and plan their part-time work or other events to their advantage. 

French law allows international students to work for 60% of the legal work year, as long as they have a student resident permit. There is also a minimum wage guaranteed by law. This allows international students to plan expenses accordingly, become familiar with work environment, and interact with people from various cultures and backgrounds. 

Job Opportunities in France

France offers internationally recognised high-level qualifications. This gives you access to an exceptional network of hundreds of internationally renowned higher education institutions and research centres. 

This country is recognised worldwide for its scientific, industrial, and economic achievements. Several technological and industrial successes have originated here: high-speed train, smartcard, the Ariane rocket, Airbus, etc. 

Some industries in recent years have shown exponential job growth, which is good news for academic graduates wanting to apply for a job. 

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The Application Process & Visa Requirements for Studying in France

Students must fulfil criteria mentioned below to be eligible for applying for admission in a French university:

  1. Must be an Undergraduate: 10+2.
  2. Minimum 3 years of Bachelors Degree to apply for Master’s program.
  3. Can apply with/without IELTS*, however, it would help if your score is good in IELTS.
  4. Strong recommendation letters.
  5. Statement of purpose/personal statement, essays & resume.
  6. Certificates of achievement & extra-curricular activity participation.
  7. Sound financial background 

University campus interview follows once you have fulfilled the aforementioned. Visa application follows once admission is secured. Students are required to satisfy the visa office on following in their interview:

  1. Your intentions to enter the France are for educational purposes only.
  2. You have sufficient funds to cover your study and living costs in the France.
  3. You will leave by the end of the authorised period of this stay.
  4. You will not breach the conditions of admission (e.g., you will not work without prior authorisation).

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