Study in France

France’s higher education system is known throughout the world for its dynamism and excellence in the fields of business and science. Being one of the most popular destinations for higher education in the world, about 250,000 international students every year throng to this country to pursue higher studies. If you are one of those candidates who want to study in France, the information given below will prove to be beneficial for you.

Requirements for International Students to Study in France: Students who have passed their higher secondary examinations with at least 50% marks in the aggregate will be able to apply for the Bachelors courses in France. The candidates must also appear for English language proficiency tests like IELTS or TOEFL.

For post graduate candidates, a valid GRE score will also be needed. The applications of the candidates must be accompanied by the application form, statement of purpose, and transcripts from the previous educational institutions that were attended by the candidate.

List of Top Colleges in France

Some of the top colleges in France have been listed below:

  • Graduate Engineering School of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Center for the Development of Applied Geosciences
  • Ecole Catholique d’Arts & Metiers
  • Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux
  • Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries de Strasbourg
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure Electricité et Mécanique
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Géologie de Nancy
  • Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales
  • Centre National d’Etudes Agronomiques des Régions Chaudes
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie de Montpellier
  • Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Applications
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques de Nancy
  • Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales
  • Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Clermont-Ferrand
  • Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse
  • Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Technologie de l’Ingénieur de Nancy

List of Top Universities in France

Some of the top universities in France have been listed below:

  • Artois University
  • Claude Bernard University
  • Jean Moulin University
  • Pierre Mendès-France University
  • Henri Poincaré University
  • François Rabelais University
  • Blaise Pascal University
  • Jean Monnet University
  • Paul Verlaine University
  • Haute Alsace University
  • University of Bordeaux 1
  • University of Corsica Pascal Paoli
  • University of Poitiers
  • University of Auvergne
  • Charles de Gaulle University
  • University of Health and Law
  • Michel de Montaigne University
  • Pantheon-Assas Paris II University
  • University of Évry Val d’Essonne
  • Paul Cézanne University
  • Paris-Sorbonne University
  • University of Limoges
  • École Polytechnique
  • University of Paris
  • University of Caen Lower Normandy
  • Montesquieu University
  • Lille University of Science and Technology
  • Joseph Fourier University
  • University of French Polynesia
  • Paris Universitas
  • University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
  • Université Paris Descartes
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • Stendhal University
  • University of Savoie
  • University of Burgundy
  • University of Angers
  • Toulouse 1 University
  • University of Burgundy
  • University of Picardie Jules Verne
  • University of Le Havre
  • University of Franche-Comté
  • University of La Réunion
  • University of Marne la Vallée
  • University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • University of the Littoral Opal Coast

Popular Courses in France

The French universities and institutes are well known for the courses they offer in the field of Business Studies, Information Technology, Engineering, Art and Design.

Scholarships Offered to International Students

The following scholarships are offered to the deserving candidates from India who are desirous of pursuing higher studies in France:

  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ALTEN Scholarships for Indian Students
  • Eiffel Scholarship Program
  • French Embassy – Neemrana Music Foundation Co-financed Scholarships for Music
  • French Embassy – Krishna Kriti Foundation Co-financed Scholarships for Fine Arts
  • GDF SUEZ / MEEA Scholarship
  • The Charpak Scholarship of Excellence Programs

Educational Expenses: The tuition costs in France will vary from one institute to the other. Usually, the tuition cost of pursuing a Diploma falls within a range of € 100 to € 800 every year. For the engineering schools of the public sector, the tuition fee is somewhere around € 500. For the business and engineering schools in the private sector, the amount could vary from € 3,500 to € 14,500.

As far as the accommodation is concerned, the students will have to spend roughly up to €600 every month if they opt for private lodgings. If the students find accommodation in the university residence halls, the cost will be cheaper and will amount to nearly € 150 a month.

Students Visa: Internal students who are not residents of Europe but are desirous of pursuing higher education in France need to get a visa which is marked “student”. Once the visa is obtained, it will get renewed automatically according to the duration of the course that the candidate wants to pursue. The prospective students who will be granted admission in a French university/institute after they appear for the entrance examination can avail of the étudiant-concours visa. In order to obtain a visa, the candidates have to visit the French embassy that is located in their city.

The following documents will be required to obtain a student visa from France:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of financial resources. The students who have been granted scholarships will have to produce a document that states the amount that has been granted and the duration of time for which the grant has been made. The document must be issued by the authority that is providing the scholarship.
  • Proof of enrollment from the university/institute in France
  • Proof of insurance coverage.

Education System of France: Students can pursue higher education in France at three levels, namely: Licence Professionnelle and Licence (Bachelor’s), Master’s, and Doctorate. The French educational programs are subjected to the regulations by the state and aside from each university having its own research unit, a lot of research in the scientific field is also carried out by institutes like Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale and the French National Centre for Scientific Research which are not associated with any of the universities.