Why Study in France
- France is an EU country with numerous areas of excellence, including biology and pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy and science, automotive and aviation, food and cooking, high fashion, sculpture, etc. In such varied fields, the French have such multifaceted growth that they have some of the best schools in the entire country.
- In 1998, the French government made some reforms to the education system in order to make it easier for foreign nationals who come to France to be educated to access French education. In every imaginable way, the country is utterly elegant, and something that one must experience.
- In terms of what the nation offers, some of the world’s best hotels, art galleries and entertainment venues are just the tip of the iceberg. You will feel the wonder that the Eiffel Tower is if you happen to attend a college in Paris.
- There is a plethora of reasons why a student who is not of French origin is interested in attending an institution in France, including the lowest tuition costs, the opportunity to explore the amazing country that France is and the benefit of receiving some of the most valuable education and training from top-notch tutors.
- In addition to this lucrative information, if the student is registered for a full-time course to help the students support themselves during their stay in the country, the government often allows students to work for 20 hours a week. With a minimum pay of 9.61 euros (pre-tax) per hour, students can employ themselves informally.
Education System in France
- The French educate 1.5 million students each year (graduate and post-graduate levels) and 10% of this is made up of foreign students from all over the world. With a wide variety of courses that French universities have to offer, you are sure to be able to find the particular course you want.
- France utilizes the same three-level higher education system as do the rest of the 29 European countries involved in the Bologna system.The ‘Licence’ and ‘Licence Professionnelle’ degrees are undergraduate degrees, recognized as a Bachelor’s degree worldwide. Master’s and Doctorate courses in postgraduate courses include (PhD). The French implement a credit-based system in which a certain amount of ECTSS is given to each module within the course (European credits). These credits are usually transferable within courses. Once a student is able to acquire 180 ECTS, he/she will earn a Licence, and a further 120 ECTS must be acquired for a Master’s qualification. The low tuition fees are a hallmark of universities that are government institutions (most are government run).
- It is just a matter of selecting those with lower ROI ranks to choose a university. In addition, one has to look at the fact that the university has the course in which you are interested, as well as other factors such as tuition fees, city living expenses, and whether scholarships are given by the institution.
Cost of Studying in France
Fees for tuition at public universities:
There are variable prices for tuition fees at public universities in France, depending on the level of the course (graduate/postgraduate/doctoral degree).
- 2,770 euros per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes,
- 3,770 euros per year for Master’s programmes,
- 380 euros per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes – the same amount as for Europeans.
Note that the values above refer only to public universities; the cost of tuition at private universities can be higher. They generally range from 3,000 to 20,000 euros per year.
Average living costs in French cities and towns
The total cost of living in France depends on your lifestyle, but, most of all, it depends on the location you choose, mainly the French city you live in. It is estimated that when you attend college in the country, you will need around EUR 430 per month to survive, but this is a no frills or bare minimum figure.
The laws in France allow you to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week when you are studying in France, if you are an international student. Although this money will definitely help, it might not be sufficient to cover all the stuff you need.
Check the average budget you would need for each of the large cities in France:
- Paris: between 1,200 and 1,800 EUR/month (sometimes including the accommodation, if you choose to live in a student hall of residence);
- Nice: between 900 and 1,400 EUR/month;
- Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux or Toulouse: between and 800 – 1.000 EUR;
- For the rest of France, you can manage with smaller amounts (at least 650 EUR).
Prices for accommodation are usually above the international average of 200 – 300 EUR/month.
The main housing options for students in France are:
- Student halls of residence – between 150 and 600 EUR/month, including facilities, if the room is private or shared.
- Rent/share an apartment – between 400 and 700 EUR/month, while in smaller French cities you can rent a small apartment for about 300 EUR/month; ( this is the most viable option for Indian students as sharing the rent brings the individual costs down)
- If you will live with your partner and/or children, the price for rent would range from 700 to 1,000 EUR/month, and you could pay higher if you choose an apartment in the city centre. The utility bills (electricity, water, the internet) would be another 200 EUR/month;
- Host family (Paying guest) – you can find rates that are only 200 EUR/ month to about 800 EUR/month in Paris. However, they all include at least one meal per day.
- One person can expect to spend on average about 250 – 300 EUR/month on groceries in Paris, or less in the provinces. The average price for a meal in the least expensive restaurant costs between 10 and 15 EUR. A more affordable option where you can have a meal anywhere in France are the bistros, brasseries and crepe stand. Some bistros serve substantial meals, and a crepe can take the place of lunch and prices are from 5 to 8 EUR.
- You will get the best value if you buy from the supermarket; the cheapest supermarkets in France are Leclerc, followed by Géant Casino. Affordable places to have dinner include the Courtepaille restaurant chain, Buffalo Grill, or inexpensive restaurants in Paris, like Michi. Besides this a student can also have lunch at the university cafeteria for as little as 3 EUR.
Transportation in France:
- A monthly pass for the bus, metro or tram sets you back by approximately 30 EUR;
- You can also rent a bike through the Vélib bicycle rental programme, Bordeaux is the most bike-friendly city in France.
- You can also use the TGV (Train de grandevitesse/ the high speed train transit system) to visit other cities in France, for around 30 EUR a trip.
If you purchase an international youth travel card, you can get major discounts to visit sights around France
Popular Cities and Courses
In western Europe, France is a vibrant nation. The city has seen large numbers of international student’sflock to be part of French education & culture, with more than 800 English programs and numerous French programs in business, engineering, technology, arts, literature, music, etc.Paris has been ranked world’s no.1 student friendly city by QS but there is more to France than just the capital city. a list of top 10 such cities in the country based on the parameters like presence of schools, student mix, affordability and employment opportunities are presented here.
Popular Universities in France:
France has three universities which have been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. Most of the universities are concentrated in and around the capital city of Paris, but other cities often provide distinct advantages that Paris universities do not offer, such as cheaper rents and industrial sector proximity.
University of Paris 11
The University of Paris 11 has the largest college campus in the entire country, with locations in five of Paris’ suburbs- Sceaux, Orsay, Chatenay-Malabry, Kremlin-Bicetre and Cachan. The University specializes in human sciences, with five facilities offering Sciences, Law and Economic Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine and Sports Sciences, three Institutes of Technology and one School of Engineering. A strong 30,000 students attend this university every year, with general education courses accounting for 43% and another 57% in professional training courses. Additionally, there are 4,800 students attending the university from a total of 132 different countries. There are around 1,800 tutors at the institution.
University of Strasbourg
Three universities merged in 2009 and gave rise to the University of Stasbourg. This amalgamated university therefore offers a wide variety of courses. It is the largest educational institution in the country, with more than 41,000 students enrolled. Of those students, the international student population is a big 20%.
Ecole NormaleSuperieure Paris
Ecole Normal Super Paris a school that is well-known for its research work, with 14 academic departments that grant their degrees after completion of masters and doctoral research has been completed.
With more than 70 different colleges there is certainly something there for everyone. While the above colleges are the most prestigious in the country there are numerous other college choices available that will provide you with a quality education based on your desires for your future career.
Paris Tech is another amazing college in France. The school focuses it education on Science and Technology industries. There are programs offering 4, 3 and 2-year degrees in related fields,graduates from this school enroll in various engineering and research organizations within the EU. With around 4,600 students in attendance at the school, the school is well equipped to handle international students as well. The institution offers a number of extracurricular activities for students, as well as affordable tuition costs and an array of financial assistance programs.
- Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
- Jean Monnet University
- Jean Moulin University Lyon 3
- College de France
- Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Job prospects in France
Employed part time with full-time training:
- International students who have been issued a student residence visa (student residence permit) for a long stay in France are eligible for part-time jobs. French law requires international students to do part-time work of 964 hours during the year (part-time is compulsory), equal to 60% of the legal work year.
- A part-time worker is at least eligible for the minimum wage determined by French law, commonly referred to as the SMIC (Salaire Minimum Interprofessionnel de Croissance – the minimum wage). As of January 1, 2018, it was 9.76 Euros gross per hour. This salary is gross; in order to get €7.61/hour, you have to deduct mandatory taxes (about 20 percent). If you work for the minimum wage for 10 hours a week, you will earn about 90-euro net.
University as a place of study and work:
- Inside the campus, French universities may employ international students. These student employment contracts last a maximum of twelve months, from 1 September to 31 August. The different positions include: student reception at the beginning of the academic year, tutorials, cultural or sporting activities, student assistance with disabilities, etc.
- Student work at a university is tailored to their timetables and classes to help students succeed and find work afterwards. For the same reason, students working at French universities are not allowed to work more than 670 hours between 1 September and 30 June, and no more than 300 hours between 1 July and 31 August.
Carrying out a mandatory internship:
The student must do an internship as part of some grades. The same rules apply to French and foreign students:
- The internship must be contractual (signed by the institution and the student hosting structure);
In the event that the internship lasts more than two months, EUR 577.50 per month must be charged to the student (as of 1st January 2018).
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Required documents for France Student Visa
- Complete application form
- Two passport size photographs of the past 3 months meeting set standards – one must be attached to the application form (Size 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, with clear background). (Download application form
- A letter of registration from a French Academic Institution or a certificate testifying that you will follow a European Union Training Program or proof of scholarship.
- Cover letter explaining the study project and your motivation, including a short curriculum vitae/ resume.
- Proof of resources: tuition fees + a minimum of 615 Euros/month x by number of months of stay (living expenses). Only liquid assets will be considered. In the case of family member/friend funding your studies, an undertaking must be provided on plain paper duly signed along with supporting financial documents. Bank statements of the last 3 months (of the individual sponsoring the education and the student’s bank statements if he/she has an account in his/her name
- Proof of medical insurance
- One copy of your flight ticket
- The “Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration” OFII form duly filled and signed. Download the OFII form here.
- Accommodation during the first three months of the stay