With its intriguing history, architecture, culture, food, tradition, music, and most important, its top-notch quality of higher education, France, certainly has reasons that make it perch on so high a pedestal for the best study abroad destination. French institutions rank notably high, and with its long-standing policy of equal treatment to domestic and international students, France makes itself the fourth most popular destination for studying abroad. Further, let us tell you the top reasons which make France shine out as a most desirable destination for International students:
Why study in France?
France is home to an impressive 3,500 institutions of higher education!
That means your choice of schools, programs, and locations are almost unlimited. Take advantage and let your imagination run wild.
France has an esteemed tradition of high-quality education. With courses in thousands of different subjects, there is certainly a degree for everyone. As well, universities in France are very affordable.
France is an excellent destination for science graduates interested in careers in research and development. It has a long history of producing some of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, including the founder of bacteriology and microbiology, Louis Pasteur, and Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist who became the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. Today, many of the country’s leading minds are based at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), a public research organization with an annual budget of €3.3 billion. That supports more than 33,000 researchers dedicated to breaking new ground in biology, engineering, physics, sustainability, and the humanities.
The cost of studying in France is comparatively more pocket-friendly to the students in comparison with the US and the UK. The universities and colleges offer pleasingly low tuition fees and the Public Universities offer a number of attractive scholarships. Most scholarships and grants are awarded on the basis of the financial needs of the students. The amount varies between 1,606 to 4,600 EUR per year, while those eligible for a merit-based grant, and receive an amount ranging from 1,800 to 6,102 EUR.
Students with ambitions to work in market-leading companies and organizations should definitely think about heading to France. The country is home to Orange, one of the largest mobile service providers in Europe and Africa, as well as cosmetics giants L’Oreal, which oversees more than 30 luxury brands, including Maybelline and Diesel.
AXA insurance, which provides policies for over 100 million customers worldwide, is also based in France. It isn’t the only major financial institution where you can make a mark and earn a very generous salary; credit group Agricole and BPCE bank both have bases in France. Or, you could land a graduate role at BNP Paribas, the French international banking group that won a “Top Employers Europe” award in 2018.
French isn’t just one of the most romantic languages in the world; it’s also one of the most useful. With 276 million French speakers worldwide, it’s the official language in 29 countries, including some that make up a fifth of all global commerce. This makes it the third most common business language, and students who learn how to write and speak French will significantly improve their chances of landing a great job after graduation.
International students in France have a rich cultural environment to explore. Students in or near Paris can visit iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower or see paintings by the European grandmasters hanging in the Louvre Museum. Alternatively, they can enjoy a coffee in the cafes on the Left Bank, then stroll the same streets once frequented by great philosophers and writers, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, and Samuel Beckett.
Did you know that France borders six separate countries?
With so many international neighbours, you will not only get to explore France but also many other European countries, like Germany and Spain.
Plus, France’s transportation system is affordable, efficient, and extensive. Therefore, whether by plane, train, or automobile, you can travel the world, even if you’re an international student on a budget.
And when you feel like returning home, as the world’s number one tourist destination, France will never get old! Students with French degrees have an upper edge in getting jobs with handsome pay packages. With just the right mix of everything, we bet, France offers an unmatched joie de vivre for any student in the world.
Of course, the French capital and global metropolis is another one of the best places for students in the country. If you have never been to Paris before, being a student there is a great way to get to know the city, as most attractions and museums are free for students.
If you have dreamt of moving to Paris, doing so as a student is a great way to meet people, as university societies (associations) are very popular in Paris and often hold social events on and off-campus. Home to dozens of world-class universities, Paris has a lot to offer in terms of academics.
Montpellier is the capital of the Hérault region and an up-and-coming student hub in Europe. Students love it for its liveliness. According to residents, there is always something to do in Montpellier, be it open-air concerts, club nights, university events or even just sitting on a terrace. With 70,000 students and half of the population being under 30 years old, Montpellier is a “decidedly young city.” Montpellier offers students great weather and easy access to other destinations along the Mediterranean. In fact, the city is only a two-hour train from Nice and less than five hours to Barcelona—perfect for a long weekend! Or if not, Montpellier has plenty to explore, from its bustling historic city centre to the large American-style campuses just outside town. For those interested in studying business, the Montpellier Business School – MBS is an attractive option. With an exceptionally international student body, Montpellier ranks 1st for diversity among business schools according to QS.
Grenoble lies near the French Alps and is the perfect cross between a quaint Alpine town and bustling student city.
With students accounting for almost a third of the city’s population, there is no shortage of activities for young people in Grenoble. The city offers excellent and affordable restaurants, cafes and bars, many of which are social hubs for students.
Lille is another fantastic student city in France. Located in the north of France near the Belgian border, the city is very well situated, meaning weekend trips to European capitals like Brussels, Paris and London are easier than ever. Known for its charming, picturesque city centre, Lille may feel like a bit of a fairy tale for some students. Though the city can be rainy, there is still a lot on offer in Lille. With three public universities and relatively affordable rent, the city is the least expensive option on this list. Famous for its architecture, Lille is known as an iconic combination of northern European culture and French urban living.
In France, kids start school very early, school starts at the age of 3 (for almost 100%) and children spend 3 years in kindergarten. Schooling in France is compulsory until age of 16.
In France, secondary education is offered in two stages, namely, BEPC (Based Essais de La Petite Ceinture) and Baccalaureate. BEPC is equivalent to the 10th Std. in India & encompasses secondary school education from 11 to 15 year of age.
Higher secondary education from 15 to 18 years of age ruminates in a Diploma known as the Baccalaureate which is essentially the same as the 12th std. in India. The Baccalaureate is also known as Lycees.
Education in France for Indian students can be attained through 90 public Universities spread throughout the country. They cover the entire range of academic disciplines from the Sciences, including Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology to Technology, covering Computer Science, Engineering, Material Science and Electrical Engineering through Literature, Language, Arts, Social Science, Law, Economics, Management, Health, Sports and more.
The Grande Ecoles are unique French institutions created in the early 19th century in parallel to the university system. They are extremely selective and offer education of a very high standard. There are over 300 Grande Ecoles in France covering different subject areas. The fee structure can sometimes be higher but students who decide to study in France through these institutions benefit from smaller class sizes, better support systems and excellent networks (alumni companies and international partners). These can be either Public or Private Institutions or part of both.
- The bachelor’s degree is a 3-year course into any chosen field, divided into 6 semesters, the Master’s is a 2-year course the Doctorate is a 3-year course. The degrees are awarded in European credits known as ECTS. Accordingly, a bachelor’s degree is awarded on obtaining 180 ECTS, while the Master’s is obtained on gaining additional 120 credits.
- Most of the programmes taught in English only. No requirement of learning French for admission.
- For the admission to the prestigious grandes écoles, a student has to enroll himself/herself for preparatory training classes (known as CPGEs). Based on the course one wishes to pursue, whether business, scientific or into humanities, one is accordingly needed to enroll into the particular CPGE. Passing in that training exam is of immense importance for it is the only road to make it to a chosen grand école. There are no such competitive exams required for admissions to public universities. However, international students are required to pass proficiency tests like IELTS, TOEFL, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, varying depending on the college/ university one opts for.
Min 10 + 2 or Diploma equivalent
3/ 4 Years Bachelors Degree
Min 55% & Above
Min 55% & Above
IELTS 5.5 Bands/ Without IELTS
IELTS 6.0 Bands & Above / Without IELTS
The academic year in educational institutions of France runs from mid- September till the end of June next year. Some institutions in France admit students for spring, summer or winter semesters.
The world’s fifth-largest economy, France is also the fourth most popular destination for international students. France devotes almost 20% of its annual national budget to education and many of its elite school’s figure in international rankings.
As study in France consultants, below we provide the types of scholarships:
Financial Aids and Grants:
The French government funds approximately 22,000 students each year. Most of the aid is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry’s Programs Are of Two Types:
Scholarship funds are made available under bilateral assistance programs between France and foreign governments or under an annual scholarship program. More than 80 % of French government scholarships fall into this category.
Scholarship programs have been set up to enable French institutions of higher education attract the finest international students.
Process (Application + Visa)
Book a Free Counselling Session with our Educational Experts at Yuranus Education.
Step 1 – Register with Yuranus Education and we will build your profile on the basis of your academic qualifications, work experience and interests.
Step 2 – Once assessment is initiated, we will shortlist the desired institute/university and relevant course as per your profile and interest.
Step 3 – Complete application will be submitted to the respective institute/university finalized by you.
Step 4 – We will assist you for visa documentation and acceptance of offer letter.
Students applying for France are recommended to begin the application procedure at least 3-4 months prior to the intake.
The visa application process require expertise knowledge, following are the documents you’ll need before visa file lodgement.
- All academic documents
- Supporting documents for gap (if gap is longer than a year)
- English Proficiency Document/ MOI
- Letter of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose/ Cover Letter
- Passport size Photograph
- Syllabus (if applying for credit exemption)
- Work Experience letter and salary statement (if applicable)
- Unconditional Offer Letter
- Registration certificate/ Fees Receipt from College/ University
- Financial Documents
- Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
- Name Change Affidavit (if applicable)
- Insurance Certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Travel Booking
- Proof of Accommodation
- VFS & Visa Application fees
- NOC from VFS
- Long stay Visa Application Form & Campus France Financial checklist
- OFII Form
Yuranus team of expert will guide you in each and every step of your Admission and Visa Application. Leave the paper work to us
Since 2015, Indian students who have completed their post- graduate or higher degree in France can apply for a full- time post study work visa, allowing them to stay and work in the country for duration of 2 years after the completion of their course. This extension is non- renewable and only allows the student to work for 60 hours a week and can only be converted into w work permit if you get an offer from a company in the country that offers you more than 1.5 times the minimum wage.
Working In France during Your Studies:
Study in France for Indian students entitles them to work part time for up to 20 hours a week, off campus. In France there is a guaranteed minimum salary which is € 9.61 gross per hour.
Information regarding Dependent Visa
People who have spouse or children should be even more diligent in their research as certain conditions have to be fulfilled for them to migrate. In case of people doing for a Bachelor’s degree, your spouse will not be allowed to travel with you unless they are bonafide EU Citizen.
Cost of Edu. & Living
Universities Tuition fees in France:
- Tuition fees at public universities in France have variable prices, depending on your chosen study level.
- For Bachelor’s programmes, the average tuition fees are around 190 EUR per year.
- Engineering degrees have higher tuition fees of around 620 EUR per academic year.
- The average tuition fees for Medicine studies can lead to 450 EUR per year.
- The average fees for a Master are around 260 EUR/year and for a PhD 396 EUR/year; you should expect higher fees for certain specialised degrees.
Aside from tuition fees, you will also need to pay a contribution to campus and student life of 90 EUR.
Tuition fees at other types of institutions
- Grandes ecoles – Students will pay more at France’s highly selective grandes écoles and grands établissements (great schools and establishments), which set their own fees (about 500-600 EUR per year, but in some cases, they can lead up to 10,000 EUR per year).
- Private universities –Tuition fees in private universities start at 1,500 and can reach 20,000 EUR per year.
- In business schools, regardless of the degree level, fees range between 8,000 and 12,000 EUR a year.
Average living costs in French cities and towns
- The overall living costs in France depend on your lifestyle, but, most of all, they depend on your chosen location, mainly the French city you live in.
- 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. Around 13% of international students live in student residences;
- 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;
- If you will live with your partner and/or child(ren), 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
- Student need to show proof of funds for the duration of te study mention in the offer letter.
- Tuition fees + a minimum of 615 Euros/ month * by number of months of stay + living expanse.
- Only liquid asset will be considered.
- In the case of family member/ friend funding your studies, an undertaking must be provide along with supporting financial documents.
- Bank statement of the last 3 months (of the individual sponsoring the education and the student’s bank statement if he/she has an account in his/ her name. If you are being hosted by a family in France, an “Attestation d’accueil’’ will have to be provided by the family.