Why study in France?

The higher education system in France offers excellent programs across all disciplines and study levels. It has 3,500 plus higher education institutions with a diverse range of subjects. These include colleges teaching Engineering, Business Management, Tourism and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.

  • Universities in France provide quality higher education tailored for the needs of the students and offer exceptional R&D opportunities
  • France has an ambience favorable for young Entrepreneurs and innovation
  • Outstanding career prospects with options for Post Study Visa
  • The Top 20 Universities in France are ranked and recognized by QS in the global top 500 list
  • The Government of France subsidizes a vast share of the actual tuition costs and thus Tuition fees are low at Public Universities
  • An analogous Grandes Ecoles system that is on par with a Masters degree
Cost of studying in France

The average tuition fees for overseas students will depend on the University or College in France that they have selected. It will also vary depending on your course and nationality – EU or non-EU.

Study Program Average Tuition Fees in €
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree € 2,770 – € 10,000 yearly
Postgraduate Master’s Degree € 3,770 – € 10,000 yearly
Upcoming intakes in France

The application deadlines for Universities in France are diverse. Nevertheless, the two major intakes are:

Intake 1: Summer Semester – It commences in October and is the major intake

Intake 2: Winter Semester – It commences in April and is available only for selected courses

Work Authorization for students

Student Applicant:

  • You must be over 18 years of age;
  • For a training course not exceeding three months, you will be issued a short-stay visa;
  • For a training course exceeding three months or six months, you will be issued a temporary long-stay visa, which will require no further formalities on your arrival in France;
  • For training or a course exceeding six months, you will be issued a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, which will be subject to further formalities on your arrival in France.
    Spouse: The dependent will get a visitor’s visa and will not be authorized to work either. They might be authorized to work in the country if their partner/spouse is employed in France.

France Student Visa requirements:

  • Visa application form for France Study Visa
  • Age over 18 years
  • 2 passport size photos
  • A valid passport and copies of your previous Visas if any
  • Official Letter of Acceptance/Enrolment from the University in France
  • Evidence of monetary means for covering all expenses during the period of study
  • Air flight reservation/ticket with the date of departure
  • Medical insurance that can cost around € 311 – € 714 yearly
  • Documents that state the arrangement for accommodation during your studies
  • If you have enrolled in a course taught in French, you will need proficiency certificate for the French language
  • Evidence of payment of Visa fees
  • If applicable, proof of civil status
Working in France during your studies

The law authorizes foreign students to work 964 hours during the year, which corresponds to 60% of normal working hours in France (except for Algerian nationals whose working time is limited to 50% of normal working hours in France). Part-time work will not be sufficient to cover all your expenses and should be considered as a secondary source of income.

After You Graduate
  • Upon completing the studies in France, Bachelor degree holders can stay in France only if they have a work permit; the students pursuing Masters from France can apply and get a temporary residence permit – APS (Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour), for a period of 24 months.
  • Students can get a 2 years extended Schengen visa if they hold a masters or PhD or post-graduate degree from a French institution.
  • If a student is able to find an employment that is with more than 1.5 times of the minimum wage guarantee, s/he is eligible to apply for a Work Permit which is the primary requirement to get a European Union Blue Card (Permanent Residence).
Top Universities
QS World
University  Rankings
University Name QS World
University  Rankings
University Name
50 Université PSL 299 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
65 Ecole Polytechnique 305 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
75 Sorbonne University 348 Université de Strasbourg
137 CentraleSupélec 422 Université de Montpellier
153 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon 453 Aix-Marseille University
221 Sciences Po 478 Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)
239 Université Paris-Sud 489 University of Bordeaux
263 Ecole des Ponts ParisTech 521-530 Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III
289 Université Grenoble-Alpes 531-540 University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
295 Université Diderot Paris 7 571-580 Université Paris Descartes
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