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Overview

Overview
When it comes to pursuing higher studies abroad, France comes to the top of the list. It is one of the most popular destinations for Indian and international students. France is no doubt one of the world largest economies, currently ranked 7; boasts of an employment rate of 67.3% of the population aged 15-64 years. Amongst its major advantages is the high standard of education, globally recognized degrees, diplomas, and certificates with remarkably low tuition fees, as well as the enjoyable French way of life made France one of the demanding destinations for higher studies. There are about 71 universities in France that offer higher studies, and some of the top-level colleges, also include 5 renowned Catholic universities. In addition, France has a bunch of private colleges, many of which offer degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Like most European education institutions, colleges/universities in France also function on the ECTS system, known as the European credit system. France boasts 36 entrants in the QS World University Rankings in the year 2021, out of which 10 universities ranked within the world's top 300. The job opportunities in France are huge in different sectors, like Engineering, Business, Accounting and Finance, Computer Science & Information Technology, Healthcare and Education, to name a few. The minimum salary in France is €1,678.95 per month or €20,147.40 per year. If you have paid employment, you can stay and work in France after your studies. One can work part-time for up to 2 years or apply for a residential permit.

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Capital

Paris

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Currency

Euro

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Int. Students

370,000

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Happiness Index

21

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Top University

Uni. de Paris

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ENG Test Reqd.

TOEFL

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No of Universities

71

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EMPL Rate

67.3%

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PCI

41621 Euro


Intake for Study in France

Intakes

Universities in France provide two main Intakes for international students. It is January and September every year. Both the intakes are equally important for the students and the universities.

 

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Type of Education in France

Education Types

In France, higher education is very flexible. Each institution has liberty to set its own admission criteria and make its own curriculum, admission and take decisions based on each applicant's background as well as the demands of the programmes. Education is organised by the authorities in accordance with the LMD system, i.e. Licence, Master and Doctorate.

  • Licence Program (L1, L2 and L3): There are three types of university degrees in France. Licence programs are very popular in the French education system. These are undergraduate degrees awarded after a period of 6 semesters i.e. 3 years of study.
  • Masters Program (M1 and M2): These are graduate degrees awarded after a period of study lasting 2 years, i.e. a total of 5 years study. All masters programs are defined according to the field of study, specialisation and path.
  • Masters Program (M1): This research master’s program enables students to progress to a doctorate level program. One needs to study step by step to go to the higher level. The program is defined in accordance with the field of study, specialisation and path.
  • Masters Program (M2): This master’s program enables students to prepare for the world of work. It is often called a vocational master’s program. One needs to study step by step to go to the higher level. The program is defined in accordance with the field of study, specialisation and path.
  • Engineering Program (diplôme d’ingénieur): Engineering programs are normally national level programs in France. The National Institute for Engineering, France provides authorities to provide engineering colleges and universities to conduct programs and offer degrees with accreditation.
  • Doctorate Program: Like most doctorate level programs require thesis work, and in French Universities this is also the same. You must therefore be able to find a thesis topic and a thesis supervisor before you can enrol. A doctorate or Phd is awarded after a period of study lasting 16 semesters, i.e. 3 years, or a total of 8 years study.


Study Ranked Universities

Universities

Eligibility: Academic Prerequisites

Eligibility
  • Licence Program (L1, L2 and L3) - Min 60% in the 12th standard exam, TOEFL – 80 minimum, B2 Level - DELF/TCF-DAP
  • Masters Program (M1) - Bachelor’s Diploma copy, Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, LOR, SOP
  • Masters Program (M2) - Bachelor’s Diploma copy, Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, LOR, SOP
  • Engineering Program (diplôme d’ingénieur) - High School Diploma for Bachelor, Bachelor's Certificate for Master, Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, LOR, LOA, and SOP
  • Doctorate Program - Bachelors & Masters degree proof, TOEFL – 80 minimum, B2 Level - DELF/TCF-DAP, Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, LOR, LOA, and SOP

Documents Required

Documents
Passport, Visa, ID P

Passport, Visa, ID P

Education, TOEFL Pro

Education, TOEFL Pro

Proof of Fund

Proof of Fund

Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate

LOA

LOA

Health/COVID Cert

Health/COVID Cert


Courses in France

Courses
Name of Course Duration Average FEE Average Salary Range
Master in Engineering (MEng) 3 Years 45,000 EURO €41,000 - €43,500
MBA or Master of Business Administration 2 Years 100,000 EURO €110,000 -€133,350
Master in Computer Science 3 Years 30,000 EURO €39,000 - €42,000
Master in Information technology 3 Years 33,000 EURO €35,000 -€38,500
Master in Data Science 2 Year 23,000 EURO €46,000 -€48,350
Master in Applied Computing 2 - 3 Year 24,000 EURO €49,000 - €51,230
Master in Civil Engineering 2 - 3 Year 18,000 EURO €31,000 - €34,000
BBA or Bachelor of Business Administration 3 Years 15,000 EURO €56,000 - €59,800
BDS or Bachelor of Dentistry & Surgery 5 Year 25,000 EURO €117,000 -€192,000
BHM or Bachelor of Hotel Management 3 Years 21,000 EURO €88,100 - €102,500
Master in Media Studies 2 to 3 Year 12500 EURO €45,600 - €48,350
Master in Culinary 3 Years 24,000 EURO €25,400 - €27,500
MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 6 Years 57,756 EURO €96,229 - €99,340
Finance & Accounting 2 Years 12,000 EURO €51,000 - €54,500
Master in Fashion Designing 3 Years 21,000 EURO €39,004 - €42,230
Course Name
Master in Engineering (MEng)Duration: 3 Years | Fee : 45,000 EURO
MBA or Master of Business AdministrationDuration: 2 Years | Fee : 100,000 EURO
Master in Computer ScienceDuration: 3 Years | Fee : 30,000 EURO
Master in Information technologyDuration: 3 Years | Fee : 33,000 EURO
Master in Data ScienceDuration: 2 Year | Fee : 23,000 EURO
Master in Applied ComputingDuration: 2 - 3 Year | Fee : 24,000 EURO
Master in Civil EngineeringDuration: 2 - 3 Year | Fee : 18,000 EURO
BBA or Bachelor of Business AdministrationDuration: 3 Years | Fee : 15,000 EURO
BDS or Bachelor of Dentistry & SurgeryDuration: 5 Year | Fee : 25,000 EURO
BHM or Bachelor of Hotel ManagementDuration: 3 Years | Fee : 21,000 EURO
Master in Media StudiesDuration: 2 to 3 Year | Fee : 12500 EURO
Master in CulinaryDuration: 3 Years | Fee : 24,000 EURO
MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of SurgeryDuration: 6 Years | Fee : 57,756 EURO
Finance & AccountingDuration: 2 Years | Fee : 12,000 EURO
Master in Fashion DesigningDuration: 3 Years | Fee : 21,000 EURO

Cost of Study in France

Cost

The overall cost of living in France depends on one’s lifestyle, but, most of all, the expenses depend on the chosen location, mainly the city of France one dwells in. Honestly speaking for Indian students the living costs will stay the same as the international students who are coming from outside of the European Union territories. With a decent lifestyle and comparatively low tuition fees, living expenses, and others for international students, France comes under a reasonable budget for higher studies.

The overall expenses of what we say are the overall cost of study in France include the cost of food, home allowances, clothing, utility cost, insurance, and more. It goes without saying that your week-by-week or month-by-month sustenance expenses will depend upon if you shop from the outskirts of a city, for instance, Carrefour, or if you like to have them at a nearby food merchant that would be a bit costly for sure.

The utility will totally depend on the climate where you are currently living, and also the French property you use. If you are living in the outskirts of the city, the utility cost will be different. We have covered all the estimated living expenses for Indian students here. Let’s have a look.

Type of Expense Avg. Monthly Cost (EURO)
Accommodation 655.00
Food 300.00
Transportation 75.00
Internet 30.00
Health Insurance 200.00
Miscellaneous 100.00
Total 1360

Scholarships

Scholarships

It can be said without any shred of a doubt that France has become one of the most popular destinations for international students. However, study and living costs in France are not always affordable. Although tuition fees at public universities are quite low, if you can get a scholarship, your study will be smooth and easy.

Every year, the French Embassy in India along with other French organisations award scholarships to all but 500 meritorious students from India. The scholarships amount would be no less than 12 Crore in INR. These scholarships amount are awarded to Indian applications who want to pursue their higher studies in France and having excellent academic records with limited number of funding options to study in France. 

Actually, the Ministry of France awards a number of scholarships to international students, out of which 25 percent of the scholarships are financed directly by the Ministry itself in the framework of Eiffel. They are applicable for Master’s and Doctoral level programs, or other major programmes. If you are a brilliant student, you can avail of any of the scholarships that we are about to mention here. 

 

  • Eiffel Excellence Scholarships: - Scholarships are given for the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs. Students doing Master’s courses receive an allowance of €1,181 and scholarship-holders on PhD courses receive an allowance of €1,400.

  • Ecole Normale Superieure International Selection: - This scholarship is applicable for the most promising international students, either in Science or in Humanities, to follow a 2-3 years course at the ENS. Stipend is given of approximately 1,000 Euros for 2-3 years.

  • Ampere Scholarships of Excellence at ENS de Lyon - The scholarships are given to excellent international students to enrol in its Masters programs in the Exact Sciences, the Arts, and Human and Social Sciences. The scholarships cover €1000/month for durations of 12 months and are renewable with conditions.

  • Emile Boutmy Scholarships at Sciences Po University - Scholarship is given to the students admitted to Sciences Po University. The scholarships can take different forms ranging from €5,000 to €10,000 for 2 years of postgraduate study or €3,000 to €12,300 for 3 years of undergraduate study.

  • Universite Paris-Saclay International Master’s Scholarships - The scholarship programs promote access to its master’s, especially nationally-certified degree programs to international students, taught in its member establishments. The scholarship is €10,000 per year and a maximum of €1,000 for travel and visa expenses is also awarded.

  • INSEAD MBA Scholarships - Scholarships are given to national and international who study or going to study MBA, based on either on merit or nationality, gender, professional background, leadership abilities, field of previous studies etc. The value of the scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000

  • Grenoble Institute of Technology Foundation Scholarships - The scholarships support a scholarship program for international students who wish to pursue an international master program at Grenoble INP. The grant amounts to 5,000 Euro per semester.


Visa France - Type of Visa

Visa

You don’t need a visa to study or live in France if you are an EU/EFTA national. Also, whether your studies or program takes less than 3 months, you are likely to be exempt, though it totally depends on your nationality. Moreover, you will need a student visa if you are from a non-EU/EFTA country.  

The cost of a visa depends on your age, your nationality, and whether it is a short-stay or a long-stay visa.

  1. Visa pricing for countries or territories with EEF procedure: 50 Euro.
  2. Visa pricing for other countries: 99 Euro.


Document Required for Visa

Visa Document

Your application for a student visa to study in France will only be approved if you can show that you have each of the following minimal requirements:

 

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    Valid passport/ photo ID

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    2 recent passport photographs

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    LOA or have entered a work placement

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    Proof of income

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    Details of your accommodation

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    Proof of health insurance


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Other Destinations

Careers in France

Careers

Needless to say, job prospects after studying in France are huge. The traditional as well as cultural value of France attracts international students year after year. The top fields of employment in France are as follows: 

 

Part-Time Work Opportunities

Students in France can work part-time for 20 hours per week on a student visa in France.

 

Post Study Work VISA

You will get a post study work visa in France if you are successful in finding a work which gives you a salary of at least 1.5 times the minimum wage.

 

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Frequently Asked Question

FAQs

France offers a great multicultural study experience, therefore, bringing together cultures from all around the world. Students who travel to France for higher studies appreciate the serenity, highly developed cities and the great variety of social life available. France boasts 36 entrants in the QS World University Rankings in the year 2021, out of which 10 institutes are ranked within the world's top 300.

If you are looking for a high standard education at an affordable tuition fee, then France could be your destination. Though tuition fee varies from program to program and the duration of the program you choose. Normally tuition fees at private universities start at 1,500 EUR and can go over 20,000 EUR per year. At business schools regardless of the degree level, the fees range between 5,000 and 30,000 EUR per year.

To obtain a student visa in France, a few compulsory documents must be presented, ranging from verification of enrolment to proof of DELF, academic qualifications, and there's a lot to keep track of.

Toulouse, Grenoble, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, and Lyon are some of the renowned cities where international students come to study every year.

IELTS/TOEFL is not mandatory to study in France. You can study in France at public and/or private universities without appearing for the IELTS exam.

The cost of living in France depends on your lifestyle and the city you decide to dwell in. So, for Indian students, the estimated cost of living in France is 1,800 Euro approx or 1,56,290 INR.

Indian students can get jobs in France after studying, graduation or post graduation. But to apply for post-study jobs in France for Indian students it is mandatory to have a Post-Study Work Permit.

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