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Study Abroad - France


Are you looking for your next European study destination? If yes, you should definitely decide to study abroad in France! The benefits of studying abroad are countless and France offers a unique academic experience to any student seeking for a sophisticated and dynamic environment to thrive in.

Known as the French Republic or République française, France is a country located in Western Europe, expanding as well in overseas regions such as South America, French Guiana and different islands in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. It shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Andorra, Spain and the Netherlands. In fact, did you know that France is the country with the most time zones (twelve in number), due to its various territories around the world?

But why is study abroad in France the best choice you can make for your academic career and cultural development? Imagine living in a country full of picturesque landscapes, starting from the impressive capital, Paris, to the stunningly beautiful villages of the French South, the endless vineyards of Bordeaux, the fairytale-like city of Strasbourg or the covered in snow dreamy French Alps. 

Why Study in France?

To put it simply, the French higher education system is one of the best in the world. It is also one of the most accessible ones. With low tuition fees, studying in France is more economical for international students. French universities are near the top of renowned university rankings each year. Their institutions offer an education that easily competes with other countries.

France is particularly a good choice for those wanting to study business related subjects. The country is a hub for international business and management education, and has lots of business schools in the worldwide rankings.

France has 71 public universities and they are all funded by the national government, offering excellent education at a very affordable price to all students, domestic or international. There are also a number of private universities (grandes écoles). The academic year begins in September or October and ends in May or June, depending on the program and institution. There are two semesters, divided by a break following final examinations at the end of the first semester. There are two main types of courses offered at French universities: large lecture courses, where the professor speaks and students take notes, and sections & labs, designed for smaller groups of students where the material covered in lectures is explored in greater detail. Usually, attendance in sections & labs is mandatory. Some career-oriented programs also require internships and practical training.

When it comes to degrees, French universities use a format popular throughout EU: licence, master, doctorate. Licence refers to undergraduate studies and it lasts for 6 semesters (3 years), with 180 ECTS earned. Master studies last for an additional 4 semesters (2 years), for a total of 5 years of study and 300 ECTS earned. Doctorate can be obtained after the additional 6 semesters (3 years). Find out what the ECTS is from Anna, our study abroad expert. It’s also important to know that every university has an internship referral system and a career services office. This means you will always know of the most recent internship and job opportunities available to you.

Eligibility Criteria for study in France

Since the language of instruction at French universities and colleges is French, you are required to prove your command over the language. International students are required to appear for French language tests.

For each course, a minimum academic record of 70% and above in Standard XII will be required. Foundations and Diploma programmes are available for students who have secured around 60%. The student should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree programme.

It is important to note that these numbers are just for reference purpose, the actual numbers may differ from university to university.

The following documents also need to be submitted:

  • 1) Attested copies of mark sheets of Standard X, XII, and the Bachelor’s degree (if applicable)
  • 2) At least, two Academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently
  • 3) If you have work experience, then two letters of recommendation (LOR) from the employer/manager who knows you well and can comment on your professional abilities
  • 4) Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • 5) Resume
  • Photocopied score reports of language tests and GRE/GMAT (if applicable)
  • 6) Portfolio (in case of students applying for art and design courses or architecture programmes)
  • 7) Others (Certificates / achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities)
  • 8) Proof of funds
  • 9) Health insurance
  • 10) A copy of your passport
  • 11) Couple of passport size photographs; scanned 

What after Study?

If you have dreamt about securing a foreign degree in your favorite subject since childhood, staying in that country must have been there for long in your wish list.. When we think about getting placed in the same country the very first advantage that strikes our minds is that of our already known environment. France’s stay back option is one of the huge opportunities.

For repaying the loans or to find a permanent place to settle down, most of the international students crave for the job opportunities in the same country, sometimes in the same city rather. But the problem is the scarcity of job, top level of global competition and different set ups for different countries. So it is very crucial that you understand the post study and work in France permit rules and regulations.

In this article we will hint at few basic guidelines on the facilities that Study in France provides every year to its thousands of international students.


Start gathering the necessary documents as soon as possible. This is a time consuming step. Take note of the special requirements for documentation regarding your nationality, study level and university of choice. Remember that you might need translations into French of your original documents. The French Embassy in your home country can provide these services. Most applications to French universities include: 

  • 1) A completed application form signed by the official authorities
  • 2) Campus France authorization
  • 3) A civil liability certificate
  • 4) ID photos
  • 5) Passport
  • 6) High school transcripts
  • 7) An essay (if asked by the university)
  • 8) Proof of language competency in either English or French depending on the program
  • 9) Proof of payment of the application fee

For non-European students, you might be asked to provide additional documents such as your birth certificate, financial support proof for your studies and, after admission, your French student visa. Please note that each program might ask for additional documents, so make sure you have the time to evaluate what is needed from your side. 

Facts about France

An increasing number of Indian students are opting for Australia to study abroad for its world-class education, post-study work opportunities and excellent quality of living. Whatever course you choose to undertake, you’ll be assured of unbeatable academic excellence and support system for international students.

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    Top Universities in France

    École Polytechnique
    Sorbonne University
    University of Paris
    Paris-Saclay University

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