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Life in France

Life in France

France is the largest European country with a population of 65 Million people. It borders countries like Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. The capital city of France is Paris, also known as the ‘the City of Light.’ The city is known for its art, serene music, flavorsome cuisines, and various dance forms.

France not only embodies high-rise buildings in its cityscape but also surrounds beaches, posh houses, and museums. France is often the most prominent location chosen by any traveler. Here, you will find yourself drenched in breathtaking landscapes.

Climate of France

France has very mild climatic conditions, which is pretty favorable for Indian students. As the climatic conditions are not too severe, the chances of adaptability rise. The average temperatures during winter range from 0° C to 10° C while the average temperatures during the summer range from 15° C to 25° C. However, the country receives healthy amounts of sunshine. Also, at times you will witness the snowfall during winter seasons. Since France covers a vast region, the temperature and climatic conditions vary as per the geographical zone.

Study in France

Study in France

The education system of France is the pillar/strength of the nation. Additionally, France lays a lot of emphasis on the internalization of the institution and services. This is why the inception of the ‘Bienvenue en France’ strategy helped the French institutions to host loads of Indian as well as International students.

After USA and UK, France comes next on the list to receive the maximum number of international students. More than 3,500 public and private higher education institutes are active in France.

Out of which, there are 72 universities, 25 multi-institute campuses, 271 Doctoral schools, 227 engineering schools (authorized to award the title of engineer), 220 business and management schools, 45 post-secondary public schools of art, 22 schools of architecture, and 3,000 private schools and institutes. Additionally, more than 25 Lacs students are registered under various study programs, and almost 4 Lacs students belong to different nationalities. Nonetheless, this gives lifetime opportunities to Indian students to understand the various cultures of different countries, races, and ethnicity. Also, it provides a new perspective to look at the world.

 International Student France
 International Student France

Advantages of studying in France

  • Study programs in France are very affordable. The non-EU/EEA students enjoy paying low-priced tuition fees at all levels (Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D.).
  • France houses plenty of public and private universities that offer a diverse range of study programs.
  • Not only France offers a wide variety of Degree programs but also offers extensive amounts of job opportunities.
  • French universities have a growing number of English-taught programs on a yearly basis.
  • To grab on to the opportunity to learn or improve foreign language. Although English top as – “the primary international language” in many sectors, not to boast French is considered to be the third-most common business language. Moreover, it is the official language in 30-plus countries worldwide.
  • 6. Knowledge of foreign languages creates better chances of being paid high. Students who speak a language other than one’s native language yield lifelong benefits.

Medium of Instruction in France

Students usually come up with the question that if, “French universities teach in English”? French Universities do offer a majority of English Taught study programs. Speaking of programs, diverse bachelor's degree and master’s degree programs are available. And hence, national and international students can take up the advantage of attaining a bachelor’s degree or a master’s level degree program in the English Language.

Scholarship in France

In France, both private and state-funded universities exist. The high scoring students can easily apply for a scholarship opportunities granted by French institutions. With the help of these fully funded scholarship programs, students can get opportunity to waive of the institutional tuition fee. However, the cost of study may vary depending upon the type of specialization, program type, and university.

Certain countries grant scholarships to international students for studying abroad. Different Scholarship programs are offered by the French local government or the Regional Councils, foreign governments and various other organizations. These scholarships are furnished by the French government or the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for studies. The majority of scholarships are awarded by the Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments (shortened to SCACs) in French embassies and abroad consulates.

Indian Students in France

Students dream of getting enrolled in their choice of study program abroad. Here’s why international students prefer France as the destination for their abroad education. Affordable and quality education is the prime focus of every student. And hence, France is the most preferable country, offering top excellence programs and education through ranked universities.

As per the 2021 statistics, about 10,000 Indian Students fly to France every year to study in various programs. As per estimation, more than 25,000 students are currently studying at French Universities. The French Government expects more than 20,000 Indian Students every year will enroll to in their Universities by 2025.

Program Intake

France offers two intakes for admission to the colleges & universities¬¬. The intake month for admission to the Bachelor’s or Master’s Programs begins in the months of January and September. Usually, September is the most preferred intake month by the students. However, students must remember that the application window for the September or January Intake will end a few weeks earlier. Thus, any student willing to pursue any study program in France must consider starting the application process before time to avoid hassles at the very last moment.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission

Any student or international candidate planning to Study in France must meet the requirements stated below-

  • 10th / 12th school mark sheet’s transcripts
  • Registration certificate provided by the university (at the time of application).
  • Campus France authorization
  • Passport or ID card (with the validity to duration of your stay)
  • ID/passport sized photographs.
  • An essay or a letter of motivation (if asked by the university)
  • Proof of language proficiency (either English or French) depending on the program.
  • Registration fee

Study in France at the cost of India

Study in France at the cost of India

The cost of study in French higher education is not only affordable but also one of the most preferred destination to study abroad in Europe. Compared to US, UK, Australia, Canada, etc the French universities are very affordable. Many times French programs cost at par with many Indian Colleges especially for the business program. The average tuition fee for postgraduate programs in France ranges between 10 Lacs to 15 Lacs per year.

While the cost of education for doing the bachelor’s or master’s degree in India from a good Private college would cost around 5-7 Lacs and above for a year, whereas, the entire course may cost 10-15 Lacs and above. Additionally, the cost of education in France compared to that of India, brings lot more opportunities for the Indian students. Students will not only get the opportunity to study in top ranking universities of France but also these universities will give you ample opportunities to work with the leading organization with global exposure.

Hostel or Accommodation in France

The students can explore wide-ranging accommodation options available in France. Depending on the budget range students can go for Hostels, private accommodation, or either go for Apartment Rentals. The accommodation in France for students is easily available. Above all, they are secure, hygienic, spacious, and fully equipped. The average cost of stay in a student residence approximately would be 800–1,000 EUR/month.

Cost of living in France

The average cost of living for Indian students in France, in its capital city Paris would be somewhere between 1,200 to 1,800 EUR/month. Depending on the location you choose to reside you can even find a pretty economical place to stay ranging between 800–1,000 EUR in other cities as well. This includes your stay, food, local transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses.

In case you plan on renting/sharing an apartment, it would cost you around 400 EUR to 700 EUR every month. Note that, the price of the accommodation may vary according to the location, accommodation type, and so on.

Part-Time Jobs for Indian Students

Indian student owning a student visa (student resident permit) is eligible to apply for various part-time jobs in France. As per French law, foreign students are permitted to carry out part-time jobs for 964 Hours (per year) comes out roughly 20 hours a week. Usually, the students prefer to work on the weekends. Students can find jobs in retail outlets, Restaurants, Accounting work, assisting jobs in the universities, etc.

Usually, 10-15 Euros are paid hourly from unskilled jobs to quality work. A student can easily earn up to 800-1500 Euros a month depending upon the City and nature of work, which is good enough to meet their monthly living expenses.

Programs offered in France

France, on the whole, makes a good choice for a student willing to study business and other Degree Programs. The country sustains several top-ranking, reputed, and prestigious universities. French universities, generally tend to follow an academic pattern commonly accepted all over European Union. Additionally, the education system of France ranks best on the global level.

France, on the whole, makes a good choice for a student willing to study business and other Degree Programs. The country sustains several top-ranking, reputed, and prestigious universities. French universities, generally tend to follow an academic pattern commonly accepted all over European Union. Additionally, the education system of France ranks best on the global level.

1. Management Programs in France –

France is the first country in the European Union, to offer Business Administration /Management Programs. The country is rated best in regards to Management Programs.

Some of the top ranking business management programs in France, for instance, include Finance, Business & Management Studies, Entrepreneurship, Business Analytics, Marketing, and so on.

As of QS ranking stats, of 2022, 17 French Institutions ranked in the Top 100 globally. Additionally, the French institution - HEC Paris ranked #1st position worldwide. Further, the ESSEC ranked 3rd and INSEAD ranked 4th globally. Above all, 5 out of 17 French institutions are listed under the Top 10 in the global ranking for Management programs. And, hence the QS World University Rankings confirm the strong performance ranking of French Universities for business and management studies. Read More

2. Engineering Programs in France-

Engineering programs are yet another expertise of France’s Education System. Not only this, but France offers diverse engineering programs. France accommodates over 200 engineering schools, accredited to issue the engineering degree to the students. Nonetheless, France ranks 6th on Global Level after Japan, Germany, and the USA. Some of the top ranking engineering institutions in France are Sorbonne Universite, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Universite de Lorraine, National Institute for Applied Sciences – Lyon, University of Montpellier, IMT Atlantique, and MINES ParisTech. Read More

3.Hospitality and Tourism Programs in France –

Paris, the tourism capital of the world, offers the finest hospitality and tourism programs. This academic course is admired among local and foreign students as well. The French colleges and universities, present a wide range of diplomas, bachelor's degrees, foundation degrees, and post-graduate degrees. SKEMA Business School, ESSEC Business School, Montpellier Business School, emlyon business school, and the International University of Monaco are some of the top-ranking universities offering Hospitality Degree Courses in France.

Some of the top Hospitality and Tourism Programs in France are Hospitality and Tourism Management, International Hospitality Management, Luxury Management-Hospitality and Events Management, Hotel and Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, and so on. Read More

4.Medical & Paramedical Programs in France –

The medical institutions are top-ranked, well-resourced medical facilities, etc. Moreover, most of the universities are QS-Ranked for medicine programs. Certainly, the students can pick the best option when it comes to Medical Schools. Every year approx 15,000 Indian students set off abroad to pursue Medicine. However, France is not a preferred destination as the Medicine programs are offered in French. And, hence is not approved by NMC to practice in India.

Some of the top Medical & Paramedical Universities of France are Université de Paris, Sorbonne Universite. Universite Paris Saclay, Universite de Bordeaux, University of Montpellier, Universite de Lorraine, Claude Bernard University Lyon, and so on. Read More

5.Arts & Science Programs in France –

France has as low as 40 colleges or institutions for arts and humanities. The country has a rich culture for arts. However, it is still less demanded by international students for art programs as compared to countries like the UK and the United States.

These national art schools are known as the schools of fine arts or the Écoles des Beaux-Arts. The Ministry of Culture holds the responsibility for these French Art schools. Some of the popular art scopes include Animator, Photography, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Designer, Professional Artist, Musician, and so on. Some of the top institutions for arts and humanities in France are the Sorbonne Universite, Université de Paris, École Normale Superieure, Paris, and the University of Aix-Marseille, etc. Read More

6. Natural Sciences Programs in France –

The study of Natural Sciences covers sub-disciplines such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Geology. Although the field of natural sciences prepares you for wide-ranged career opportunities, the lesser availability of degree programs in France, followed by the language barrier creates a restriction in the international market. Moreover, in France, less than 40 degree, and diploma courses are offered by Universities, which is quite a few.

Some of the top Medical & Paramedical Universities in France are Universite de Bordeaux, University of Strasbourg, Universite Paris Saclay, Universite de Bordeaux, University of Montpellier, Universite Grenoble Alpes, and so on. Read More

Study Visa in France

The processing of a French visa application requires 5 to 20 working days. However, your application for a long-stay visa in France will get ready in about 15 to 20 days, or it might take up to, maybe two months, in some specific cases.

Post Study or Temporary Residence Permit (ASP)

Usually, the students plan on staying in the country, post completion of their study program. However, France allows the foreign graduates to stay up to 12 months post completion of their education, one of the huge opportunities for any foreign graduate. Thousands of international students get facilitated through this approach.

France is shares bilateral agreement with India which gives benefits from special condition for the issuance of a Provisional Residence Permit (APS). Chances of getting a job not only depends upon your professional skills but your knowledge of French as a language. It is always advisable to learn French during your studies which will not only fetch a good job but also good income as well.

Job Opportunities and Work Permit

The major question that arises in the minds of students is, "What about the job opportunities in France?” Well, well here you go! France is not only a great place to get your study degree but also offers exciting opportunities to work. Above all, there are some of the core industries in France like Finance, research, and development, fashion, IT sector, banking, etc where Indian students prefer to work. To stay in France after graduation, non-European students must have a promise of employment or a work contract and remuneration at least equal to one and a half times the legal minimum wage (2,220 Euros gross per month in 2017).

Duration of the Work Permit Visa will depend upon on duration of your job contract. Those with Professional degree in any of the field usually earns from 45000-70000 Euros in a year. However, some of the specialized fields and job roles even enable to fetch much higher salaries.

You can refer to the table given below for the most preferred job titles in France and the average salaries offered in France-

Popular Job Roles in France Average Salaries (Per Year)
Allied Healthcare Professional €74,000
Business Manager €35,700
Engineer €47,000
Finance / Investment / Accounting Manager €128,000
Financial Analyst € 47,900
Hospitality / Tourism €33,000
Marketing Manager €46,700

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