Study in France
Rich with tradition and art, France, situated in Western Europe, is perhaps one of the most diverse nations. Magnificent pieces of architecture still erected, have the influence of different periods in history from the Eiffel Tower, to the Arc de Triomphe. This ranges from the most modern to the antique buildings. The flavour is not limited to art and architecture but the landscape of France also, which is equally intriguing.
Why Study In France?
The institutions here are consistently ranked among the world’s best and graduates are very much sought after by companies around the world. In latest QS world rankings Paris is selected as the world’s Best Student City, taking into account the quality of life, the cost of living and global degree recognition, amongst other things.
French is the 5th most spoken language in the world behind Mandarin, English, Spanish and Hindi. It is spoken fluently across Europe but also in areas as far apart as Africa and South East Asia.
Education system In France
Education System in France is a mix of public and private institutions. Schooling is compulsory until the age of 16. The country is popular for its high level of technological development and contribution in the fields of Science and Research.
For courses taught in French, a good level of French is a mandatory requirement, whereas it isn’t for the ones with English as a language of instruction.
France has a highly centralized and organized European Education System. It is divided into three different stages:
- Primary education
- Secondary education
- Higher Education
The higher education sector is further divided into:
This system allows the universities to offer students an excellent education at a very affordable price. These institutes offer education in almost all 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, Arts, Social Science, Law, , Management, Sports and more.
- Grand ecole
They were created in the 19th century to provide high standard education. These specialized education establishments operate outside the main framework of the French university system. Over the years, the Grandes Ecoles have proven their efficiency and adaptability in training engineers and managers for business.
- Doctoral Level
France has around 300 doctoral departments in various institutes which claim to offer top quality research support, career guidance and professional training in research based occupations. A doctoral degree from France also allows one to explore and research at a larger level. The duration of a doctorate degree is 3 years.
Living In France
As far as accommodation is concerned, the cost of housing varies widely, but international students, like French students, are also eligible for housing assistance.
As a student, for daily meals you cannot do better than 450 university restaurants. Prices at the “restau-u” are unbeatable: You get a complete meal for 3. Anyone holding a student card has free access to the entire network of restaurants. Some are open at night and on weekends. If you plan to prepare your meals at home you will find no shortage of specialized food shops, large supermarkets, and open-air markets.
Working in France
International students have the right to work while studying in France as long as they are enrolled in an institution that participates in the national student health-care plan. The right to work applies to all students, including those who are in France for the first time, those who are enrolled in the first year of a university program, and those who are enrolled full-time in a language school. There are many different kinds of job opportunities in France because of its large economy.
Besides off campus jobs, international students are also eligible for student jobs at universities and other public institutions of higher education. Students are hired to provide the following services: assisting incoming students, helping disabled students, providing tutoring, providing IT support and assistance, coordinating and staffing cultural, athletic, and social events, working in the career centres, and supporting their institution’s promotional efforts.
Working while you study
International student are entitled to work part time up to 20 hours a week off campus, whereas for on campus jobs, student employment contracts are offered for a period not to exceed 12 months. They run from September 1 through August 31. Students may work up to 670 hours between September 1 and June 30, and up to 300 hours between July 1 and August 31.
Working post studies
After completing your course of study, if you plan to stay and work in the picturesque nation then you may request for a temporary residence permit (after your student permit expires) which is valid for six months and is non-renewable. But, even with a temporary permit you will be able to work only part time, up to a limit of 60% of the legally permitted working hours.
Application Procedure For Studies in France
Steps to consider while applying
- Contact your university to receive your application form. Generally, the application form is available on the Internet, but in case required it can be sent by post to your home address.
- Ask your university about the documentation you need to submit to apply for the study program or courses of your choice.
- Fill in your application form and return it to the foreign office of the university or one may apply through an agent. Agents help international students with their University applications but these are usually paid services.
- Don’t forget to attach attested copies of the mark-sheets & certificates.
- International students also need language proof of ability, right of residence and others.
Admission Procedure in France
Undergraduate / Bachelor’s Requirements:
Students need to have completed an equivalent to a Baccalaureat or a Secondary School leaving certificate.
If applying to competitive Grande Ecoles entrance exams will be required.
Doctorate (research only degree) Requirements
Available only at public institutions in France.
English Language Requirement
All students must be fluent in English to apply to French institutions. French is not necessary as there are many programs that are conducted in English. International students need to meet a required level of English language competence.
Application for Study in France
If an interview is necessary, the student can contact the nearest Campus France office and schedule an appointment either by online file, mailing, or calling directly to Campus France.
Students need to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the visa interview by a designated official in the student’s city of residence.
After the interview the student has to submit their passport to the Embassy for stamping. Candidates who receive their NOC from Calcutta, Chandigarh, or Delhi will submit their passports to the French Embassy.
- A valid passport.
- Candidates must have proof of having adequate financial resources to meet cost of studies and other expenses during their stay in France.
- Certificate of registration from a University/Grandes Ecoles in France.
Cost & Scholarships In France
- The tuition fee at universities is very nominal and can vary from €200 to €680 per annum.
- The fees at Grand Ecoles can range from €3, 800 to €15,500 per annum.
Your stay in France may include the following expenses:
- Accommodation: €120 to €380
- Food: €130 to €150 at universities restaurants
- Healthcare: €380 to €750
- Miscellaneous (transport and leisure): €100 (approx)
These costs are indicative and are subject to change as per government policies.
Some of the scholarships available
Four different scholarship programs are designed for Indian students who wish to go to France for studies or training. Through these programs, Indian students may seek financial assistance:
Types of Scholarships in France
- 1st – Training or Internship program – “Program de bourses de formation et stage” Short term scholarships provide an opportunity to Indian students who are enrolled for a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Indian institutions / universities of Engineering to pursue training or internship in French institutions for three a month period (May to July).
- 2nd – Exchange program – “Program de bourses d’échange” Short term scholarships (3 to 6 months) are awarded to students enrolled for Bachelor or Master degree in Indian institutions / universities which have signed a bilateral exchange agreement with French institutions of higher education.
- 3rd – Bachelor and Master program – “Program de bourses de Licence et Master” Long term (1-2 years) scholarships are awarded to Indian students with an outstanding academic profile to study at Bachelors/Masters degree level in French institutions of higher Education.
- 4th – Research program – “Program de bourses de recherche” Research scholarships are awarded to highly qualified PhD candidates (enrolled in an Indian university) for conducting research projects in France (3 to 6 months). The aim of this program is to provide young researchers the opportunity to carry out part of their research work at French laboratories or universities and to acquaint them with research advances activities in France.