Study Location / France

All you need to know about studying in France

Why study in France

Bonjour, mon ami! Welcome to the rich, cultural landscape of France. Institutions and universities in France stand out for having small classes, allowing instructors to give you a lot of extra time and attention. Moreover, several universities are specialised and designed to teach within a specific subject area. So, in a major city, like Paris, students will find lots of universities and grandes écoles that are either focused on research or job training. Recently, France has joined alongside other European countries in offering lots of English-taught degree options for Master’s and Bachelor’s students. So, now students no longer need to be intimidated by the French language and can actually manage to successfully study at a French university.

Here’s why you should choose France as your study abroad destination!

  • Attractive tuition rates in France
  • Quality higher education adapted to students’ needs
  • Outstanding research and development opportunities
  • France is a world-class economic power
  • France is home to leading international corporations: Airbus,
  • Total, Orange, LVMH, L’Oréal, Danone…
  • Young talent is valued in innovation and entrepreneurship sectors
  • French lifestyle: Paris is the #1 student city! (QS Best Student Cities, 2014)
  • French is the third most common business language
  • France is an appealing destination for students worldwide
  • 9 out of 10 international students recommend
  • France as a study destination (Baromètre Campus France, 2013).

The French Education System

Higher education in France is organized in three levels, which correspond to those of other European countries, facilitating international mobility: The ‘Licence’ and ‘Licence Professionnelle’ degrees are undergraduate, known elsewhere as a Bachelor’s. Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) courses are postgraduate.

The cost of studying in France

Starting in autumn 2019, international students will have to pay higher tuition fees at French universities. This is a drastic change from an effectively free tuition system, where students needed to pay only around 200 euros per year. At the same time, though, there will be three times as many government-sponsored scholarships for foreign students. The tuition fees at public universities are set by the French government and are the same across the country.

If you are a citizen or already a permanent resident of a country within the EEA, not much has changed - you will still be charged very low amounts for your tuition:

  • 170 euros per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes,
  • 243 euros per year for Master’s programmes,
  • 601 euros per year in Engineering courses in at certain institutions,
  • 380 euros per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes.

However, all other international students will now be charged higher amounts for Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The new tuition fees for international students, starting September 2019, are:

  • 2,770 euros per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes,
  • 3,770 euros per year for Master’s programmes,
  • 380 euros per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes - the same amount as for Europeans.
Note that the values above refer only to public universities; the cost of tuition at private universities can be higher. They generally range from 3,000 to 20,000 euros per year.

Employment opportunities in France

The FRANCE has strict employment rules; however skilled workers are in demand in the reputed organizations. The first step is to apply for a Green Card or United States Lawful Permanent Residency which gives the holder the right to both settle in the FRANCE as well as work in paid employment. When you decide to Study in France, you are bound to wonder about the many rules regarding the part-time work options in France for International Students. Hence, before we list out the many possibilities open, here’s what the laws suggest and how much you can earn while studying in France.

  • An international student from outside of European Union, can work for a maximum of 964 hours in any given year provided:
    • The university they are working for does not have any objection to the same
    • The student has a valid residency permit
    • Students do not need to obtain temporary employment authorisation any more. The residency permit has the inbuilt clause for the same.
  • All students in France, including the students enrolled in the first year of university as well as students enrolled in a language program, are eligible to work in France.
  • The minimum wage rule applies to all working students.
  • A student can also apply for and get employment at the university s/he is studying in or any other higher institute/ university.
  • Students at a university are offered a contract for one year that covers the period of 1 September through 31 August.

A guide to study application & Visa requirements

Step 1 - Register with GT Western and talk with an Education Counsellor

Step 2 - Choose a course according to your areas of interest

Step 3 - Shortlist a university that suits your preferences, entry requirements and budget

Step 4 - Apply for the France university with our assistance

Step 5 - Get counselling on visa from our experts

Step 6 - Pay financial deposits

Step 7 - Receive letter of acceptance from the university

Step 8 - Apply for your visa with our help

Step 9 - Attend our pre-departure session and get ready to depart for France

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