France is a fascinating country—culturally, geographically and artistically. A cultural, geographical and economic bridge between the countries of Europe, it’s a global power in terms of agricultural production and industrial output.

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Discover France

France features highly on the radar of international students looking for a good university to pursue their higher education. With more than 3500 public and private institutions offering higher education in a variety of fields from pure physics to philosophy, and with more than 2.5 million students enrolled, of which 12.5% are international students, France, no doubt, is an alluring option. It offers education, culture and lifestyle in one package for truly international career prospects.

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€2,770 to 3,770

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£1000 - £2000 per month

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International Students


Top Universities

  • Universite Paris-Sud 11 science and math
  • University of Paris
  • Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech
  • Telecom Paris Tech Engineering and Technology
  • Science Po Paris
  • Ecole Normale Superieure De Lyon
  • Centrale Supelec
  • Sorbonne University
  • Ecole Polytechnique (Paris Tech)
  • Paris Sciences et Letters Research University (PSL)


  • Management
  • Pure Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Fashion
  • Culture
  • Analytics
  • Culinary Arts
  • Fashion Design

Why study in France

You can look forward to having a great student life in France, especially as the country is a pioneer when to comes to industries such as technology, science, art or fashion.

  • Great access to scholarships

  • Top employers such as Airbus, LVMH and L’Oréal

  • Easy visa process

Student Life in France

Student Life

Universities in France are flexible in their course hours, and they try to give their best to you in terms of material or classroom teaching. That means you can more easily work alongside your study.

As part of student life, universities and colleges organize social and educational events, conferences, seminars, parties and sporting events making every moment of your stay eventful and interesting. You’ll also have fantastic opportunities to mix with other students from all around the world.

Tuition Fees

  • €2,770 per year

    Average tuition for undergraduate

  • €3,770 per year

    Average fees for classroom-based programs

  • €3,770 per year

    Average fees for MBA related programs


Cost of Living

Students will typically require a minimum of around €9900 per year to cover accommodation and living expenses, although there are grants available to help you with this cost.

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Work and study in France

France is one the most accessible countries when it comes to student employment. You can work part-time as a student if you have a residency permit. However, you can work only for a maximum of 19.5 hours a week or 964 hours a year. You can work full time during holidays.

If you are a non-EU or non-EEA student you may need an authorization to work, called APT or Authorisation Provisoire de Travail. You can get this by applying to Direction Departmentale du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle office or DDTEFP. We recommend that you check whether this is required with your Student Council before taking on any form of employment.

Work and Study in France

Entry Requirements

For a bachelor’s degree

Successful completion of the secondary school program is the normal requirement for admission to undergraduate study. Bachelor's degrees in France normally require three or four years of full-time study.

Master’s Level

A master's degree in France typically requires 2 years of study after successful completion of an honours baccalaureate.

Ph.D or Doctoral studies

The normal qualification for a doctoral program is a master's degree, A minimum of three years and up to four or five years of study and research, as well as a dissertation, are the normal requirements for a doctorate

Language Requirements

Language proficiency is certainly mandatory for admission to various levels of higher education in France. Courses are offered in French and in some colleges and universities they are offered in English. If you are applying to a college or university where the medium of instruction is French, you need to prove that your level of proficiency in the language is up to B1 or B2 for undergraduate and master’s level programme. Some institutions require C1 or C2 for specific programmes.

France Scholarships


One advantage of studying in France is you can avail yourself of scholarships awarded by universities and other bodies. There are several private scholarships available, and you can also visit the website of the university you are applying to find out more about scholarships and other bursaries that might be available to you.


If you are a student from an EU or EEA country, you will not need a visa to enter or study in France. A valid passport or valid Travel ID will suffice.

If you are a non-EU or Non-EAA student, you will need a student visa. The type of visa you will require depends on how long you intend to study in France.

If you are going to France to sit a university exam or exams, you will need to apply for a visa for entrance exams. If you pass the exam or exams, you will become eligible to apply for a Residence Permit.

Entrance Exam Visa

With a temporary long-stay visa or de long séjour temporaire pour études you need not apply for a residence permit but you can stay in France only for a period of six months.

Temporary long-stay visa

If you intend to stay longer than six months or your course of study runs for more than six months, you need to apply for visa de long séjour pour études or the extended-stay VLT-TS. This also acts as a residence permit.

Long-stay visa

France student visa requirements

  • An official acceptance letter from a French institution giving full details such as your name in full, name of the institution, name of the programme and the duration of the programme marking both the starting date and the ending date of the course.
  • Documents proving that you have enough funds to study and stay in France.
  • Proof of a return ticket home.
  • Medical insurance papers with a minimum coverage of €30,000.
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • Language proficiency certificates.

Scholarships or Bursaries

Eiffel Excellence Scholarships Ecole Normale Superieure International Selection Ampere Scholarships of Excellence at ENS de Lyon Emily Boutmy Scholarships at Sciences Po University Universite Paris-Saclay International Master’s Scholarships

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