France is a beautiful country with a long history of higher education. Located in Western Europe, France is one of the major centers of culture, cuisine and literature. All these reasons make it an exciting destination for international students across the world. France has 83 public universities and they are all funded by the national government, offering excellent education at a very affordable price to all students, domestic or international. There are also a number of private universities. The academic year begins in September or October and ends in May or June, depending on the program and institution.
• Eiffel Tower (Paris)
• Chateau de Versailles (Versailles)
• Mont Saint Michel (Normandy)
• The Cote d’Azure
• The Louvre (Paris)
• Mont Blanc (Western Europe’s largest mountain)
The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world : Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget.
Each year more than 2,78,000 international students choose France for their higher education : Some of the best business and engineering schools in the world & Paris ranked as best city to study
Central part of Europe : Sharing borders with nine countries, France is truly the crossroad of the continent. From the heart of Europe one can travel to the 22 countries of the Schengen Area with a single visa.
Great job opportunities : (39 of the 500 biggest companies in the world in 2010, France ranks fourth in the Fortune Global 500, ahead of Germany and the UK).
• Bachelor’s Degree: 7000-14000 Euro per year
• Master’s Degree: 8000 to 14000 Euro per year
• Average Living Expenses- 1200 Euro per month
• Transportation Cost- 75 Euro per month
• Art History
• Communication technology
• Information Technology
• French Studies
• International Business Administration
• Film Studies
• Bachelor’s Degree: 3 to 4 years
• Master’s Degree: may either follow on from Bachelor´s Program as follow-up Master´s program (1 to 3 years) or they may be full program (4 to 6 years).
• Ecole Normale Superieure
• Ecole Polytechnique
• Pierre and Marie Curie University
• Paris-Sud University
• University of Strasbourg
• Audencia Nantes School of Management
• EDHEC Business School
• Grenoble Ecole de Management
• Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris
• Université Joseph Fourier
• As an international student, you can take on paid work – 964 hours in total or 20 hours per Week in a single year (about 60 percent of full-time employment for a year) – while you are on the course, as long as you have a valid residency permit.
• After Graduation, if you hold at least a Master’s degree you can apply for a further one year, non-renewable temporary residence permit, which allows you to work in any job up to 60 percent of a normal working week.
• If you find work offering a salary of at least 1.5 times the minimum wage, then you can contact your local prefecture to change your status from student to employee and work full-time.
If you fulfill five years of continuous residence in the territory of the France, then you will be eligible to get PR in France. A French permanent residence permit allows you to stay in France for 10 years and, as it’s renewable, theoretically you could live in France indefinitely with this status. However, while you may share many of the same rights as French citizens (Example- in education, at work, in healthcare), But you don’t share them all, for example, you can’t vote in elections or hold public office.
To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.
The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Universities and schools can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their websites carefully.
The costs associated with studying at university or school overseas vary greatly. It depends on the nature of the program, the length of your stay, the distance you travel and the kind of lifestyle you want when you get there.
1. When deciding what and where to study, start by thinking about your academic interests and your career goals.
2. Take some time to research specific courses, subjects and options for internships or work placements.
3. Look at the campus location, rankings, the amount of time you would like to spend away from home and the total cost of studying and living overseas.
4. Studying overseas is about more than just the course. Think about what kind of lifestyle you prefer – do you want to be in a cosmopolitan city, or a quiet country town? Would you prefer to choose a city where there are other students from your nationality? Do you want to be close to the beach? Do you want to live on campus?
5. If you would like to explore the option of staying in the country to work after your studies you will need to find out about the migration policies in place and also be aware that these government policies can change at any time.
Your career prospects will benefit hugely from your experience of studying, living and socialising overseas. It’s your opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills, perspectives and stronger English language skills and seek work experience from the sort of employers you’d like to work for.
The skills and qualifications employers and professional registration bodies require will vary from country to country. If, for example, you are working towards a career with strict entry requirements such as medicine, engineering, accounting or teaching, do some research with the relevant registration bodies in your home country for advice.
There is a limited number of partial scholarships and bursaries available for international students. The amount varies by level of study and by institution. These scholarships are competitive and you need to demonstrate exceptional academic achievements.
Working while you study can help complement your study and living experience. If you pursue a course at degree level or above you may be permitted to work while on an international student visa.
Before you undertake any paid work, you need to make sure that your visa allows it. The opportunity for students to work part-time during their studies varies from country to country.
Many universities have a dedicated job centre on-campus for students that advertise job opportunities to help students develop skills. The university careers service is also a useful source of information.
We recommend you begin your application process at least a year in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas.