Courses in France

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Population: 61,044,000
# of Students: 1,400,000*
# of Int. Students: 260,000*
# of Institutes: 3,500
Education Expenditure: 57‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from September to June
*= Approx. total

Study in France

France has greatly influenced the western world for hundreds of years and its culture still plays an important role today. More than 260 million people on five continents speak French. It is the official language for 70 nations and the second most commonly studied foreign language, after English.

France delivers inexpensive quality education to students all over the world, being the fourth most popular destination for international students.

Higher education system

Smaller class sizes and involved instructors offer students the time and attention they need to learn, ask questions and receive assistance.

Higher education in France is divided between grandes écoles and public universities. Admission to grandes écoles requires a high school diploma + 2 years of additional high school studies. Master programme specializations offered in the second year of study are either research-oriented or professionally oriented. Often, graduate programmes are offered in cooperation with several institutions, allowing for a larger variety of courses.

Employment oriented Professional Licences are also available. Continuing education programmes take into account professional experience.

Education and research

In engineering schools and the professional degrees of universities, a large share of teachers is made up of part-time professors hired to teach one specific subject. They are usually professionals working in research institutes or relevant industries. In most cases, research is carried out in scientific establishments located on university grounds, operated both by scientists and by the university staff.

General application requirements

Depending on your country of origin you might have to follow all or part of the steps below in order to apply to a French university:

  • Complete the university application. You may need to include photo identification.
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma.
  • Some colleges will require a written essay regarding your interest in the study.
  • Provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • You should also mention if you are planning on receiving financial aid from the collage.

Each individual college may have additional specific admission criteria.


Non-EU students need to provide the following additional documents:

  • A copy of their passport as well as a photograph of passport size
  • Proof that you have a long-term study Visa.
  • A copy of your birth certificate is needed when you apply to a French university, as well as a certified translation showing the birthplace of both of your parents.
  • Proof of sufficient funds in order to cover your expenses while attending college.

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Student support

International students enjoy the same benefits as local students in terms of tuition fees, health coverage and housing assistance. Universities organize shows and hold conferences, seminars, parties and outdoor activities as part of their student integration policies.

Study options include full-time and part-time studies, with flexible class schedules. Some universities also offer online study programmes. Every university has an internship referral system and a career services office that inform students of available internships and job opportunities.

The French government supports much of the costs of attending university in the country. Simplified visa regulation and internationally recognized diplomas encourage international student enrolment. State funded agencies promote French higher education in foreign countries.

Languages of instruction

According to a report from the Institute of International Education (IIE), France ranks in the top host European countries for English-taught Master's programmes. French universities use English in lectures and seminars particularly for Masters’ courses on subjects such as sciences, technology, economics and business - where a kind of “global English” has become the standard. This makes France an excellent destination to study abroad and benefit from courses taught in English.

There are more than 450 English-language programmes at either undergraduate or Master’s level. A wide range of programmes held in French, make an excellent opportunity for international students to fit in and expand their communication skills. Students looking to study abroad in France may benefit from an increasing number of bilingual study programmes (part French, part English courses), designated to help foreign students learn French with minimum effort.

Students coming from countries where French is the official language, or one of the official languages, are exempt from proving their French proficiency.

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Student VISA

Students from some countries do not require a visa if they plan to study in France for a period shorter than 90 days.

You need to apply for a long-stay visa if you plan on studying in France for more than 90 days. You must apply to a French embassy or other consular authority in your country.

You must have a passport that is valid for a period of three months past the expiration date of your studies.

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Living in France

  • Rental apartments and townhouses are much more affordable. They are the most popular student housing choice in the country.
  • Some universities offer student housing.
  • The average cost of housing in France is generally 250 to 700 EUR per month.
  • Tuition varies from €150 to €700 per year, depending on the university and the different levels of education.
  • Students from low-income families may receive a monthly allowance of up to €450 per month.
  • Health insurance for students is free until the age of 20. Students older than 20 pay €200 a year for full medical coverage.
  • International student are allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours per week.
  • One month of living in France will cost a minimum of €430.
  • The TGV, the world’s fastest train, is an easy way to get from city to city.
  • Most French cities maintain a cheap self-service system of bicycle rentals.
  • Fine cuisine and wines. There are 350 types of French cheese. Freshly baked bread and wine accompany almost every meal.
  • People in France are polite and take great pride in their personal appearance.

About France

France is situated close to the centre of Europe, neighbouring nine countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra. The capital, Paris, is one of the largest, most progressive, prosperous, and high-tech cities in Europe.

There are a number of French-administered territories outside of Europe, remaining from the old French colonial empire. These include islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the French Guiana on the South American continent. These territories have varying levels of autonomy and are all represented in the Parliament of France.

France is the 20th most populated country in the world and the second-most populated country in the EU. France is a semi-presidential republic. Home to one of the world's earliest documents on human rights, written during the French Revolution of the late 18th century. France is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy.

The country has access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Mountains include The Alps in the south-east and the Pyrenees in the south-west. Orchards and vineyards occupy around 35% of all of the land in France.

France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, bringing tens-of-millions of visitors each year. Popular attractions include The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Notre Dame Cathedral. Disneyland Paris is the most-popular theme park in Europe.

Institutes in France

1 Short course in Biarritz

1 Short course in Chambéry

1 Short course in Grenoble

9 Short courses in Lille

4 Short courses in Lyon

1 Short course in Montpellier

7 Short courses in Nantes

2 Short courses in Orléans

1 Short course in Toulouse

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