- Capital : Paris
- Currency : Euro
- Language : French
- Major Cities : Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille
- Major Intake : January, April, July, October
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.
Famous Places to Visit:
- 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)
Why study in France:
- 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).
Cost of Study for International Students:
- Application fees: between 150-400 Euro
- Diploma Level: 6000-7000 Euro per year
- Bachelor’s Degree: 7000-14000 Euro per year
- Master’s Degree: 8000 to 14000 Euro per year
Other Expenses for International Students:
- Average Living Expenses- 1200 Euro per month
- Transportation Cost- 75 Euro per month
Popular Courses in France:
- Art History
- Communication technology
- Information Technology
- French Studies
- International Business Administration
- Film Studies
Levels of Study:
- 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).
List of Universities/College:
- 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.