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Study in France

With its superb culture, highly regarded educational system, and relatively affordable tuition fees, France is currently the world’s fourth most popular study destination. Approximately 300,000 students travel to France each year solely to study at its schools. The French higher education system can sound a little confusing. The educational system is being standardized into a three-level framework, which should make it easier to comprehend. Today, undergraduate students would have to begin by pursuing a License, which is similar to a bachelor’s degree. This is followed by master level training. The final level of training is the doctorate.

Top Universities in France for International Students

Some of the top universities in France are:

  • Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres)

Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) was established in the year 2010. There are about 17000 students in the university. Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres ) ranks 1st in France whereas the university stands at 44th position in the QS world ranking.

  • Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole Polytechnique university was established in the year 1794. There are about 3,370 students in the university out of which 480 are undergraduate students and about 2,000 are postgraduate students. Ecole Polytechnique university holds 2nd rank in France whereas the university stands at 49th position in the QS world ranking.

  • Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University was established as Sorbonne College in 1257, 2018 current legal status. There are about 55,600 students at the university. Sorbonne University holds 3rd rank in France whereas the university stands at 80th position in the QS world ranking.

  • CentraleSupélec

CentraleSupélec University was established in the year 2015. There are about 5,350 postgraduate students in the university. CentraleSupélec university holds 4th rank in France whereas the university stands at 138th position in the QS world ranking.

  • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon University was established in the year 1880. There are about 2,361 students in the university. Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon university holds 5th rank in France whereas the university stands at 161st position in the QS world ranking.

  • Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech University was established in the year 1747. There are about 1,797 students in the university out of which 308 are doctoral students and about 1,489 are postgraduate students. Ecole des Ponts ParisTech University holds 6th rank in France whereas the university stands at 242nd position in the QS world ranking.

  • Sciences Po Paris

Sciences Po Paris University was established in the year 1872. There are about 14,000 students in the university out of which 4,000 are undergraduate students and about 10,000 are postgraduate students. Sciences Po Paris University holds 7th rank in France whereas the university stands at 242nd position in the QS world ranking.

  • Université de Paris

Université de Paris University was established in the year 1896. There are about 64,000 students in the university. Université de Paris holds 8th rank in France whereas the university stands at 275th position in the QS world ranking. The university was considered to be the main university of Paris active from 1150-1970 along with an exception of 1793 to 1806 under the french revolution.

  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne was established in the year 1971. There are about 40,483 students in the university. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne holds 9th rank in France whereas the university stands at 287th position in the QS world ranking.

  • ENS Paris-Saclay

ENS Paris-Saclay University was established in the year1892. There are about 1,620 students in the university out of which 260 are doctoral students and about 1,360 are postgraduate students. ENS Paris-Saclay University holds 10th rank in France whereas the university stands at 284th position in the QS world ranking.

 

Scholarships for Indian Students to Study in France

Following is the list of the most renowned scholarships in France for international students:

  • Eiffel Excellence Scholarships
  • Ile-de-France Masters Scholarships
  • École Normale Supérieure International Selection
  • Ampere Scholarships of Excellence at ENS de Lyon
  • Université de Lyon Masters Scholarships
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology Foundation Scholarships
  • Emily Boutmy Scholarships at Sciences Po University
  • INSEAD MBA Scholarships

 

Types of Degrees to Study in France

Types of Degrees Description
Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degrees in France usually require 3 years of study, for pursuing a bachelor’s in France you would need to have a high school degree/diploma or an equivalent degree or certification.
Master’s Degree A Master’s degree in France normally takes at least two years to complete. The content of courses will change between universities and fields.
Doctorate Degree A doctorate degree in France is awarded after completing at least 3 years of study in the French higher education system.

 

Approximate Annual Tuition Fee to Study in France

Types of Degrees Approximate Annual Tuition Fee
Bachelor’s Degree 170 EUR per year
Master’s Degree 260 EUR per year
Doctorate Degree 396 EUR per year

 

Top Courses to Study in France for International Students

There are a number of top universities in France that offer a number of top courses. If you want to pursue your degree program in France you must know that following are some top courses that you can consider pursuing in France:

  • Study MBA in France
  • Study Engineering in France
  • Study Pure Science in France
  • Study Linguistics in France
  • Study Philosophy in France

 

Requirements to Study in France for International Students

The documents required to study in France would vary on various factors such as the university you choose, the course you choose, or the public/private factor of the university. However, the following is the list of the documents that are generally required to study in France:

  • Confirmation Letter from French University
  • A valid Passport
  • Documents proving that the candidate can afford to live and study in France
  • Previous Education certificates (Translated in French)
  • Registration Fees Receipt
  • Document of Social Security Registration
  • Passport size photos
  • Certificate of Civil liability
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Language Proficiency Proof
  • Previous Mark sheets and transcripts
  • Documents proving that the candidate can afford to live and study in France
  • Previous Education certificates (Translated in French)
  • Registration Fees Receipt
  • Document of Social Security Registration

Why Study in France

  • Great Educational System

The French educational system has been awarded various titles mainly for bachelor, master’s, and PhD degree programs. The country spends a great amount of money on research and development projects. French universities promote a strict educational system that ensures a great learning experience. France is majorly preferred for MS and MBA programs by international students.

  • Good Number of International Student

France stands at the 8th rank in the world and 5th in Europe in World’s top study destination. There are about 2,50,000 international students pursuing degree programs in France. When it comes to experiencing a new lifestyle and culture France stands at the 3rd rank globally.

  • Welcoming Environment

The idea of studying away from our homeland can fill our brains with second thoughts, primarily because of the fear of not knowing anyone there. However, if you have chosen France for pursuing a degree program then you must stop worrying about the fear of not knowing anyone there. This is because all the national and international students in French universities provide a very friendly and welcoming environment to all the freshers. In fact, if we talk about France, you must know that the country is known for its welcoming and friendly gestures towards foreigners.

  • You can Study in English

If the fear of not knowing French is stopping you from choosing France to pursue a degree program then you must stop worrying. This is because there are a number of top degree programs in France that are now taught in English. Traditionally there were a good number of English taught MS degree programs available in France but now along with MS courses there are plenty of English taught Bachelor’s courses also.

  • Great Student Life

France offers a remarkably high standard of student life. If you are planning to study in France then you must know that along with having a globally recognized degree you would have a life changing experience. Along with an urban and charming French environment, you would also have exposure to quiet mountains and a relaxing atmosphere.

How to Apply to Study in French

Campus France

If you are a non-EU citizen who wants to pursue a degree program in France then you would have to apply through Campus France depending on the country you belong to. Campus France is an organization under the Ministry of higher education and ministry of foreign affairs of France. Campus France organization helps international students with the application process, courses, visas, and universities in France. Campus France Scholarships are also available for international students who want to pursue a degree program in France.

When to Apply to Study in France

Intakes in French universities are:

  • Fall Intake: For Fall Intake the application deadline falls somewhere between 1st February and 1st April.
  • Spring Intake: For Spring Intake the application deadline falls somewhere between November and January.
  • Post-Bac: For Post-Bac, the application deadline falls somewhere between 22nd January and 13th March.
  • TCF application for DAP: For TCF application for DAP the application deadline falls somewhere between November and 22nd January.

Student Visa for France

If you want to pursue a degree program in France that has a duration of more than 6 months then you would require to apply for a student visa.

Following is the list of documents required for a student visa in France:

  • 2 Photographs
  • A Valid Passport
  • Letter of Acceptance from the University
  • Documents proving that the candidate can afford to live and study in France
  • If a candidate is willing to work while studying in France then they would have to apply for a work permit

Work Opportunities

If you are looking for post study stay back options then you must know that as compared to other European countries it is very easy and continent to start a career after completing a degree program in France. If you have completed the UG degree program and secured a job in France then you can apply for a residence permit.

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