Education In France

Study in France


Why Study In France?

France is one of the most sought after study-abroad destinations, inviting abundant number of students every year from all over the world. Studying in France leads to good career opportunities internationally after graduation. France is better known for its high level of technological development, culture and reputation in the education system, which attracts number of youngThe French government very often provides students as well as international students with some financial help for accommodation upto about one third for successful students. For students lacking proficiency in French, it is usually taught as a subject in their curriculum during the course time. France is perhaps one of the most traditionally rich countries in Europe with a rich flavor of art and tradition. In the Information Technology sector, France ranks second in Europe and fourth in the world. France is in the forefront of technological progress in several fields.

Top Courses

France is a country that many people choose for their education because it is literally world class. Education is a serious matter in France, as it should be, and those who attend an institution in the country can always count on getting the very best education possible.

Nuclear, Space and Aviation teaching in France is very popular. Other industries in which France excels includes teaching, languages, art, history, medicine and law. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, France is definitely the country that can make your dreams come true. Of course, you need to be sure that you are going to stay in the country or already live there if you plan to earn such a degree as it cannot be taken out of the country and used to teach. There are many different French language courses being taught, but you can also learn German, Italian, Spanish and English in the country as well.

France is a country that excels in law degrees; however, this is another area that is best left for the locals (e.g. England and Wales and France have completely different legal systems (common law and civil law respectively). Those who are interested in learning international law will find the many different courses in France to be of the highest degree. Economics courses in France are very popular for both local and international students.

Another excellent choice for study in France is science. As France is so high on their standards of learning, the science programs offered at the various colleges and universities are often difficult and designed for those who truly want to earn their degree in the field. Students can earn a Bachelor degree in any of the following:

  • Medicine
  • Geography
  • Pharmacology
  • Art History
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • European and Mediterranean Cultures
  • Communication technology
  • Information Technology
  • French Studies
  • International Business Administration
  • Film Studies
  • Global Communications
  • Finance
  • International Finance
  • Literary Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Psychology
  • International Economics
  • International and Comparative Politics

Career Opportunities

Working In France During Your Studies:
International students are entitled to work part time upto 20 hours a week off campus. In France there is a guaranteed minimum salary which is € 9.61 gross per hour. Working in France after your studies

Students who have earned at least a Master's Degree or the equivalent may apply for a one-time (nonrenewable) temporary residency authorization (APS, authorisation provisoire de séjour) valid for 12 months beyond the date of expiration of the student's residency permit. The authorization enables the student to work at any job up to the limit of 60% of the official work week (that is, just over half-time employment).

Students who obtain a job related to their academic program at a rate of compensation equal to at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage may enter full-time employment by filing a request for change of status (from student to employee) at their prefecture.

At the end of your studies, you can also be recruited by a company even if you are not an EU national.

If you have an aim to come back to India and start your own career here , then your French degree will allow you to avail a circulation visa to France and Europe for 5 years, which will be extended throughout your life.

Education System

The French educational system is highly centralized; organized and ramified. It is divided into 3 different stages:

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Higher Education

Primary Education
In France, kids start school very early, school starts at the age of 3 (for almost 100%) and children spend 3 years in kindergarten. Schooling in France is compulsory until age of 16.

Secondary Education
In France, secondary education is offered in two stages, namely, BEPC (Based Essais de La Petite Ceinture) and Baccalaureate. BEPC is equivalent to the 10th Std. in India & encompasses secondary school education from 11 to 15 year of age.

Higher Education
Higher secondary education from 15 to 18 years of age ruminates in a diploma known as the Baccalaureate which is essentially the same as the 12th std. in India.The Baccalaureate is also known as Lycees.

There are about 90 public Universities spread throughout the country. They cover the entire range of academic disciplines from the sciences, including Mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology to technology, covering computer science, engineering, material science and electrical engineering through to literature, language, the arts, the social science, law economics management health sports and more.

Grande Ecoles
The Grande ecoles are uniquely French institutions, created in the early 19th century in parallel to the university system. They are extremely selective and offer education of a very high standard. There are over 300 Grande Ecoles in France covering different subject areas. The fee structure can sometimes be higher but students benefit from smaller class sizes, better support systems and excellent networks (alumni companies and international partners). These can be either Public or Private Institutions or part of both.

Application Procedure

All the applicants must submit certified true copies of relevant documents along with the application form. They must bring originals to Indur offices also.

The school which you have applied to will decide on the recognition of your academic background and will decide at which level you can qualify to enter.

If the application is successful you will receive a conditional/confirmation offer letter from them which can be used for a long stay student resident visa.

You need to complete Registration and pay the first instalment fees and send it to the School. The School will send you details on how to apply for accommodation later on.

The applicant needs to take an appointment with the French embassy for a visa interview and to verify the financial documents along with the visa documents at the Embassy of France or the consulates in Mumbai.

Applicants must complete the online procedure.

After considering the complete application, approval is given by the French Embassy within 48 hrs.

After the visa approval the student can book their tickets.

Intakes :
The major intake in France is September and February.

Entry Requirements for Masters:
MBA : A good bachelor's degree, 2 to 3 year work experience, GMAT Master : Good Bachelor degree

English Requirement + Eligibility:
IELTS with score of band 6 is mandatory to secure the admission in France.

Education Cost

Tuition Fees
Tuition fees vary depending on the institution and the study programme. An example of tuition fees for 2014/ 2015 for undergraduate, non-E.U. students at a third level institution are as follows:


France Currency

Indian Currency


10,000 - 16,500 Euro

718600 - 1185690 RS


23,000 - 25,000 Euro

52780 - 1796500 RS

Living Expensive
A budget of around Euro 600 - Euro 1000 per month will cover accommodation, food, transport and other activities.


300 - 600 Euro per month


350 - 500 Euro

Health Insurance

40 Euro


50 - 130 Euro


50 - 100 Euro


100 - 300 Euro

(1Euro = ? 71.86)
* An International students who is enrolled in a French institution for 1 yr and more gets a student residency permit for studying in France and they can apply for government help for their housing allowances which is also known as CAF. This process takes around 1 month and this covers up to 1/3rd of housing allowance for international students.

Health Insurance
International students who are under 28 years of age enrolled in a educational institution for a program of at least 3 months duration are enrolled in the student segment of the National Health Insurance Plan and also above 28 years they have similar process). An International student must join the social security system most take out an additional cover. In France, the annual cost of such policies runs from Euro 150 to Euro 550.On average social security covers about 70% of the expenses, related to an illness.


University Residences:
Located on campus or in town, run by CROUS(Centre Reginaux des oeuvres universities et sociale) these rooms are well equipped with all the necessary facilities and the rent is between 250 to 400 Euros.

Private Student Residences:
They are found in most of the major cities in France and this concept has been increasing lately. Rent for the same is 800-1000 Euros in Paris and 500-800 euros in the other cities. It is less common for students to flat share in France. Landlords will often ask a guarantor.


France has a very simple procedure of Visa. Students need to submit their visa documents through online application for Visa with Campus France.

Interview will be taken by Campus France and the documents will be submitted to the consulate and then will get the visa.

a. How many days prior should a student apply for the student visa Your visa appointment at a French consulate must take place no more than 90 days before your departure to France.

Document Checklist
Documents consists of 3 sets:-

SET 1Passport copy Complete the Campus France application procedures (in the PASTEL system) before starting the visa application procedures on their website . Request a student visa at your assigned French consulate. Go to the consulate for a visa interview. Your appointment at the consulate should take place at least two weeks before your planned date of departure for France.

Proof of your Resources for the tuition fees and living expenses for the period of your stay.

Copies of your degrees, diplomas/certificates attested and notarised.

Visa Application Fee
Deposit Rs. 8,500/- (in favour of INSTITUT FRANCAIS EN INDE, at a BNP PARIBAS branch) by filling a deposit slip available in the bank.

Processing time
It takes at least five to seven business days for a visa to be granted – or longer, depending on the situation.

English Ability Requirements
IELTS score of 6.0 bands is required for taking an admission in any of the French institutions. Most institutes are comfortable with the level of English and do not necessarily ask for a TOEFL or IELTS (some exceptions exist, especially if they cannot ascertain the level of linguistic competence of the student in a telephonic interview)

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